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  • welcome to

    macarthur astronomical society

  • observe

    Astronomers use scientific observation to learn about the Universe we live in. It's a beautiful place and, as a group of keen amateur astronomers, M.A.S. members have it as their common interest. We observe from two southern Sydney locations.

  • photograph

    Along with our "visual" observers, we have a group of dedicated astrophotographers within our ranks. This group find that photographing deep sky objects with high-quality cameras brings out the colour which your own eyes are unable to detect. See our photographs and you'll want to take your own.

  • educate

    Come to a Macarthur Astronomy Forum evening, held at UWS Campbelltown, to hear talks given by Australian and international professional astronomers as well as from amateurs with interests in their own specific fields. Entry is free for all.

  • events

    M.A.S. members are deeply committed to sharing our combined knowledge of, and love for, the night sky and the science of astronomy. We hold public open nights during the year - keep watching out for "What's On".

A chronological archive of the Minutes of the Annual General Meetings of Macarthur Astronomical Society:

2018 AGM Minutes
 2017 AGM Minutes
 2016 AGM Minutes
 2015 AGM Minutes
 2014 AGM Minutes
 2013 AGM Minutes
 2012 AGM Minutes
 2011 AGM Minutes
 2010 AGM Minutes
 2009 AGM Minutes
 2008 AGM Minutes
2007 AGM Minutes
2006 AGM Minutes
2005 AGM Minutes
2004 AGM Minutes
2003 AGM Minutes
2002 AGM Minutes
2001 AGM Minutes
 2000 AGM Minutes*
 1999 AGM Minutes*
1998 AGM Minutes
 1997 AGM Minutes*
1996 AGM Minutes

*If any member, past or present, has a copy of the 1997, 1999, or 2000 Minutes (in any format), please contact the webmaster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

image of  total solar eclipse in Tennesee, USA - copyright Mohammed Ali (Macarthur Astronomical Society) 2017.






 22nd July 2028

In the Macarthur Region totality will last for about 3 minutes and forty-five seconds.

The solar eclipse path will pass directly across the Sydney Region.

Countdown began 22nd March 2018 (3775 days)





NASA 2028 eclipse zoomable map page       NASA 2028 eclipse plot page

Wikipedia 2028 eclipse page       Wikipedia Solar Eclipse Main Page

NASA eclipses 2021-2040       NASA eclipses 2001-2020

Upcoming eclipses on Time and Date website

FacebookTotal Solar Eclipse. Sydney







Working With Children Check


As part of the MAS Public Outreach Program, some Society members will volunteer to attend functions organised by or for schools. Many children also attend our public observing nights.

It has been brought to our attention by the schools which we have visited that MAS volunteers attending MAS public functions should be registered with Working With Children Check (WWCC).

After due consideration, your committee has decided to implement the following policy:

Public Event Volunteers Policy

All members volunteering at public events on behalf of MAS must have a 'Working with Children Check' clearance (WWCC).

Once issued with your letter of registration, stating your WWC number and date of birth, it must be copied to the Membership Officer, and will be kept in our membership records. The registration is valid for 5 years from date of registration.

To obtain your online clearance go to the Working With Children Check website. You then go to a NSW Service Centre with your driver’s licence to confirm identity. The policy came in to effect on 01 January 2018.

If you have any comments or queries about this policy or any other issues with MAS please do not hesitate to contact any committee member - our contact details are on the website.

What is Working With Children Check?

WWCC is a NSW State Government body which aims to provide a safe environment for children by providing clearance for individuals to work with children.

A registration with WWCC is a mandatory requirement for people who work or volunteer in child-related work. It involves a national criminal history check and a review of findings of workplace misconduct.

The result of a Working With Children Check is either a clearance to work with children for five years, or a bar against working with children.

Cleared applicants are subject to ongoing monitoring and relevant new records may lead to the clearance being revoked.

The Working With Children Check registration is fully portable so it can be used for any paid or unpaid child-related work in NSW for as long as the worker remains cleared.

How do I Register?

Just four simple steps:

1. Register online   .
2. Go to a Service NSW Centre to confirm your identity.
3. Receive your WWCC notification by e-mail.
4. Send a copy of the registration acceptance notification, with your WWC number, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Macarthur Service NSW Centre is located at: 

The Home Centre
Steer Road
Gregory Hills NSW 2557
Phone: 13 77 88

There are also Service NSW Centres at Mittagong, Liverpool, Bankstown and the City.


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