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Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society

Public Night Booking Portal

www.mpas.asn.au

MPAS has a 50 year history of introducing schools and community groups to the wonders of the night sky and, in recent years, we have endeavoured to give the public the opportunity to view these same treasures at our monthly Public Stargazing Nights.


Held on at least the FIRST FRIDAY of each month at the MPAS Observatory (map on left sidebar), commencing at 8:00PM, these popular events are a great chance to view the Moon, planets like Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, interesting stars and clusters as well as bright satellite and Space Station passes, all with a wide array of telescopes supplied by our members.

We also show a variety of multimedia presentations to spark your interest and happily answer any questions you might have about the Universe!  Free light refreshments are supplied as well.


FAQ's

What is the format of the Stargazing evenings?

In the majority of cases, the presentation is held first, followed by the telescopes.  In the Summer months, it's still daylight when we start so it has to be this way.  In the Winter, viewing can also be done before the presentation:  if a large number attend we can also split into two groups;  one viewing while the other sees the show, then swapping over.

Can I bring my kids?

Absolutely!  Even the littlies get a thrill from looking through a telescope.  The presentations are aimed at a general audience but seem to keep the attention of most children with animation, sound and video.  Just remember to keep an eye on them around expensive equipment.  All Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent / guardian.

What if it's cancelled?

We never cancel a Stargazing Evening.  Sounds strange, but it's easier for us to attend and at least do the presentation than try to decide if we should cancel, then attempt to contact everyone.  If it's pouring rain you can still come along for the show, and then come along for free midway at the next public night.

Do I need my own telescope?

No.  Our members will show you the night sky and will operate our large telescopes during the evening.  If you wish, while stocks last, you may purchase a small refractor telescope as used in the ANU/ABC Guinness World Record attempt across Australia previously.  These are suitable for the Moon and simple to use for beginners.

Can I buy anything else on the night?

Yes.  We have a range of other merchandise available on the night for cash purchase only.  These may vary from month to month and can include hand-warmer sachets, glow sticks, beanies, jigsaw puzzles, small red light torches, special almanacs and sky charts of what is the night sky for the year and other things.  While tea, coffee, cordial and biscuits are free all evening, we do also have cans of cold drink and bottled water available for sale.

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Sessions

Sessions Description Status
Merchandise orders for the night Small telescopes, Night Sky Almanacs/charts and other merchandise for collection on the night Open
Friday 6 September 2019 8:00 PM September Open
Friday 4 October 2019 8:00 PM October Open
Friday 1 November 2019 8:00 PM November Open
Friday 6 December 2019 8:00 PM December Open
Friday 3 January 2020 8:00 PM January Summer holiday series Open
Friday 10 January 2020 8:00 PM January Summer holiday series Open
Friday 17 January 2020 8:00 PM January Summer holiday series Open
Friday 7 February 2020 8:00 PM February Open
Friday 6 March 2020 8:00 PM March Open
Friday 3 April 2020 8:00 PM April Open
Friday 1 May 2020 8:00 PM May Open
Friday 5 June 2020 8:00 PM June Open
Friday 3 July 2020 8:00 PM July Open
Friday 7 August 2020 8:00 PM August Open
Merchandise orders for the night
Small telescopes, Night Sky Almanacs/charts and other merchandise for collection on the night
Open
Friday 6 September 2019 8:00 PM
September
Open
Friday 4 October 2019 8:00 PM
October
Open
Friday 1 November 2019 8:00 PM
November
Open
Friday 6 December 2019 8:00 PM
December
Open
Friday 3 January 2020 8:00 PM
January Summer holiday series
Open
Friday 10 January 2020 8:00 PM
January Summer holiday series
Open
Friday 17 January 2020 8:00 PM
January Summer holiday series
Open
Friday 7 February 2020 8:00 PM
February
Open
Friday 6 March 2020 8:00 PM
March
Open
Friday 3 April 2020 8:00 PM
April
Open
Friday 1 May 2020 8:00 PM
May
Open
Friday 5 June 2020 8:00 PM
June
Open
Friday 3 July 2020 8:00 PM
July
Open
Friday 7 August 2020 8:00 PM
August
Open