Welcome to the Astronomical Society of South Australia

The Astronomical Society of South Australia was founded in 1892 and is one of the largest organisations of its kind in Australia with over 600 members. We are the only representative body for amateur astronomy in the state of South Australia. Our mission is to observe, understand, share and to enjoy the wonders of the Universe. Most importantly, we promote Astronomy to the public to inspire and enrich the astronomer in everyone. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in Astronomy.

Our monthly meetings are free and include an Astronomy Education session and the main General Meeting which often features a guest speaker. The public and visitors are most welcome to attend.

Astronomy Education: July 2021

Wednesday, 7 July 2021 7:00 PM

The ability to take stunning digital photographs of the heavens has revolutionised amateur astrophotography. How do digital cameras work and how are those wonderful images created and processed?

General Meeting: July 2021

Wednesday, 7 July 2021 8:00 PM

Decades of research have led astronomers to a staggering conclusion, that there exists a new, invisible type of mass that outweighs everything we can see five times over. Prof. Duffy will explain how we know so much about the properties of a particle we have yet to discover, and how Australia is playing a leading role in uncovering the nature of this mysterious dark matter with SABRE, the world’s first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere in the Stawell gold mine.

ASSA@Home: Casual Friday

Friday, 9 July 2021 7:30 PM

This is a free-flowing live video session where members can discuss any aspect of our wonderful Astronomy hobby and the night sky. Topics can include how to find objects in the night sky, what equipment, software or books to buy, sharing something that has helped you in doing Astronomy, or general questions about ASSA and its facilities. The session is designed to be accessible and of interest to members at all levels.

Public Viewing Nights

Experience the night sky through our telescopes at public viewing nights. Note, with the exception of online public events, in-person public viewing nights remain suspended due to COVID-19.

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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:

  • Report on the May 2021 Alpana - Flinders Ranges Astro Camp
  • #PopScope Trial Run at Plant 4 Bowden
  • Observatories in odd places #24 - Daniel S. Schanck Observatory
  • Observe the NGC 5044 group of galaxies 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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