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 June 2021. 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.
We are pleased to announce a new curriculum to support beginners who wish to get involved with the practical aspects of astronomy ie: telescopes etc. It consists of an initial zoom session to cover the basics of setting up a telescope and then a field session to put that into practice. The field session is limited to 10 telescopes so that each person gets the support they need from the NSAS instructor. For more information, or to reserve your booking please refer here.
Our General Meetings are held each month (except Dec/Jan) and for the first time in a while will be conducted at Regis Hall, as well as being conducted via Zoom. The meeting is open to everybody, i.e. NSAS members and non-members alike. The meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm (AEDST) and hence our next is scheduled for Tuesday 18th May. To join the zoom meeting, click here (Password: NSAS2020 or NSAS2021). For directions to Regis Hall please refer to here.
Our guest speaker for May is Andrew Dempster, Director for the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER). Andrew’s talk looks at the development of space resources approaches at UNSW. Australia has committed $150million to “Moon to Mars”, participating in NASA’s Artemis program, which aims for first female boots on the moon in 2024 and permanent presence by 2028. For permanent presence, resources such as water are important and Australia’s strengths in remote and mining technologies make this a potential niche.