Hi everyone!

Thank you to all those who responded to the survey and it was an overwhelming positive response to attend our speakers online given the current covid-19 situation. Consequently I’m very pleased to be able to confirm that Fred Watson will be “with us” on the 16th June at our 7:30pm virtual General Meeting. Stay tuned for details on how to register for the event as we set this up. Priority will be given to members and as it is our first time there are a few kinks to iron out but please pencil the date in the diary. We will send a subsequent email with the relative links and guides etc, meanwhile download zoom to your phone, ipad or PC depending upon what you want to watch on. On the night will start with some short club news and then will be handing over to Fred. There will be further follow-on speakers that will be announced for the months ahead.

It was great to see that Gladys Berejiklian has raised the number of people who can get together (with rules applied) from the 1st June. The committee will be meeting shortly to confirm our decision and the processes that we will put in place for a return to the observing field. To begin, the nights will be Members Only and more stringent registration onto the field with numbers limited and first in first served rules will apply. We hope to get this out to you in the next week or two in time for 13 June, which is currently predicted to be dry.

If you’ve been to our website lately you will see that we have been making some adjustments with our monthly showcase photos, Articles and Reflections Magazine getting a rework. Now, all articles will be able to viewed directly from the website as well as as a part of the Reflection Magazine. Both options are available depending upon if you wish to review specific articles etc. This also means that Google and other search engines will be able to catalogue our articles and photos and they will appear in the search results. Simply Google “NSAS Monthly Showcase” and you will see several links of the submissions to the club.

Lastly – on the darkest night of the year, 21st June 2020, you are invited to be part of a World Record attempt for the largest number of people to attend an online lesson and to record an observation of the night sky. The Australasian Dark Sky Alliance (ADSA) is hosting the event down under but this is being organised on a global scale. Even if you live close to the city where light pollution is a problem then they especially want you to be involved as this is exactly what they need to know. Simply follow this link here to find more details. For $3 you get to make an observation, be in the draw for some super prizes and get a copy of the certificate, assuming the world record is broken of course!!

I trust you are all keeping safe and well and I hope to see you all shortly.

David S
President