Welcome to the Astronomical Society of South Australia

The Astronomical Society of South Australia is the only representative body for amateur astronomy in the state of South Australia. Founded in 1892 and with around 600 members, it is the oldest and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Australia.

Our monthly meetings, which usually feature a guest speaker, are free, open to the public and visitors are most welcome to attend.

Fast and Loose - The Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts General Meeting

Wednesday, 4 September 2019 8:00 PM

For the past decade or so, the world’s radio astronomers have been baffled by cosmic signals that defy attempts to explain them. Dating from an unrelated trawl through archival data from the Parkes Radio Telescope, the story of Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) has now shifted to some of the most advanced radio astronomy facilities in the world. They include ASKAP, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, located in remote Western Australia. But we don’t seem to have progressed very far in our understanding of FRBs. In this fully-illustrated talk, Fred Watson deviates from his lifelong work in optical astronomy to investigate what we are doing to fathom these freaks of the radio Universe.

Public Star Nights

Experience the night sky through our telescopes at public viewing nights.

Friday 6 September
Saturday 7 September
Friday 4 October
Saturday 5 October
Saturday 2 November

Members' Diary

August 2019
August 10, 2019
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Inside The Bulletin

Each month the Society publishes The Bulletin - a 16 to 20 page newsletter for members, containing information on astronomical news and events.

This month's issue includes:

  • Photographing the Sun’s Neighbours by Fraser Farrell
  • Nominations for Council Positions Open/Forms Available
  • New Members Night at Stockport Observatory
  • Member Profile by Trish Ellen
  • Roundup of Images that Gained an Honourable Mention in the 2019 Astro Photography Awards
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Membership is open to people of all ages and professions— the only pre-requisite is an interest in astronomy. It does not matter how much you know about astronomy or any other science. The Society has something for you.Our members come from all walks of life. What they share is the enjoyment the night sky has to offer.

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