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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 unique souvenirs for collection on the night Open
Friday 7 August 2020 8:00 PM August Closed
Friday 21 August 2020 8:00 PM National Science Week Closed
Friday 4 September 2020 8:00 PM September Closed
Friday 2 October 2020 8:00 PM October Closed
Friday 6 November 2020 8:00 PM November Closed
Friday 4 December 2020 8:00 PM December Closed
Merchandise orders for the night
Small telescopes, Night Sky Almanacs/charts and other unique souvenirs for collection on the night
Open
Friday 7 August 2020 8:00 PM
August
Closed
Friday 21 August 2020 8:00 PM
National Science Week
Closed
Friday 4 September 2020 8:00 PM
September
Closed
Friday 2 October 2020 8:00 PM
October
Closed
Friday 6 November 2020 8:00 PM
November
Closed
Friday 4 December 2020 8:00 PM
December
Closed