We are a society based in the northern suburbs of Sydney (NSW, Australia), containing a number of streams to cater for astronomy related interests at all levels. We have a number of core streams and activities at NSAS and these are listed below. Please visit the site regularly to get updated news on our upcoming events and activities.
NOTE: Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), club observing nights are currently for members only till the end of September 2020. We plan to run virtual General Meetings / Guest Speaker Talks as well as the NAG (New Astronomers Group) training. Visitors are welcome to our virtual Guest Speaker Talks and NAG. Stay tuned for updates.
We are pleased to announce a new support class for people who have recently purchased a telescope (both NSAS members and non-members). We have determined a way that we can have an open air class for up to 10 telescopes and we welcome anyone who has recently purchased a telescope to join us for 4 hours on a Saturday night to learn the basics of how to setup and drive their scope. The next course is Saturday 24th October. To book this course, click here. For more information, click here.
Our virtual (Zoom) guest speaker for this month is Dr Stuart Ryder, FASA (Adjunct Fellow, Dept of Physics & Astronomy, Macquarie University) who will give a talk on “Bursting with Excitement: Where do Fast Radio Bursts come from?s” (details below). This will be held on Tuesday 15th September at 7:30pm. This presentation is open to all (i.e. NSAS members and non-members). To register for this Zoom meeting, please click here.
“Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) were first discovered at the Parkes radio telescope in 2007, and since then have become one of the most enigmatic objects in astronomy. Only recently with the commissioning of the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder in Western Australia have we been able to home in on the source of some FRBs. Despite the fact we don’t yet know what causes FRBs, we have already begun using them as tools to find the “missing matter” between galaxies.”