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.

The Electromagnetic Spectrum Astronomy Education

Wednesday, 7 June 2017 7:00 PM

The Universe is full of electromagnetic radiation from radio waves and light to X-Rays and Gamma Rays. In this session, we will learn what electromagnetic radiation is and where it all comes from. We will also explore Spectroscopy and its application.

Astronomical Anniversaries 2017 General Meeting

Wednesday, 7 June 2017 8:00 PM

From NEAR waltzing by Mathilde and the first rocket launch at Woomera; to the discovery of the wind-stripped cores of supermassive stars, from the magnificence of McNaught's comet and the publication of Newton’s 'Principia', from new worlds like those of Gliese 581, to the eponymous Dawn spaceprobe's lift-off; 2017 marks a lot of decadal astronomical and space exploration anniversaries well worth commemorating. Join us for a look back through some notable sky marks in our understanding of and exploration into our cosmos.

Digital Astrophotography Astronomy Education

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 7:00 PM

The ability to take stunning digital photographs of the heavens has revolutionised amateur astrophotography. In this session, learn how digital cameras work and how those wonderful images are created and processed.

The James Web Telescope General Meeting

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 8:00 PM

The James Webb Space Telescope is NASA's flagship astrophysics mission. Launching in late 2018, JWST will reveal a universe we have never seen before. Hannah Scherer (Technical Lead, Northrop Grumman) will introduce the James Webb Space Telescope, discuss its four main science goals, and discuss the main features of the JWST Observatory design; the telescope, sunshield, spacecraft bus and integrated science instrument module. She will also share status of the program and current path towards to launch.

Public Star Nights

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

Friday 2 June

Members' Diary

May 2017
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Latest Issue

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:

  • Astronomical discoveries during ASSA’s third decade
  • Terry Lovejoy discovers his 6th comet
  • Using standard stars for variable star photometry
  • The flattest galaxy - NGC 4762 in Virgo
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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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