Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society

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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 Einter, 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.

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Sessions

Sessions Description Status
Friday 4 January 2019 8:00 PM January Summer holiday series Open
Friday 11 January 2019 8:00 PM January Summer holiday series Open
Friday 18 January 2019 8:00 PM January Summer holiday series Open
Friday 1 February 2019 8:00 PM February Open
Friday 1 March 2019 8:00 PM March Open
Friday 5 April 2019 8:00 PM April Open
Friday 3 May 2019 8:00 PM May Open
Friday 7 June 2019 8:00 PM June Open
Friday 5 July 2019 8:00 PM July Open
Friday 2 August 2019 8:00 PM August 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 1:00 AM December Open
Friday 4 January 2019 8:00 PM
January Summer holiday series
Open
Friday 11 January 2019 8:00 PM
January Summer holiday series
Open
Friday 18 January 2019 8:00 PM
January Summer holiday series
Open
Friday 1 February 2019 8:00 PM
February
Open
Friday 1 March 2019 8:00 PM
March
Open
Friday 5 April 2019 8:00 PM
April
Open
Friday 3 May 2019 8:00 PM
May
Open
Friday 7 June 2019 8:00 PM
June
Open
Friday 5 July 2019 8:00 PM
July
Open
Friday 2 August 2019 8:00 PM
August
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 1:00 AM
December
Open
 
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