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Macarthur Astronomy Forum

Deep Space Tracking from Tidbinbilla

Dr Ed Kruzins, Facilities Program Director NASA Operations, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Tidbinbilla

August Forum Details

Monday 20th August at 7.30 pm sharp

Guest Speaker: Dr Ed Kruzins, Head of the NASA Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla, near Canberra. 
Topic: "Deep Space Tracking from Tidbinbilla, New Results from Solar System Space Exploration and some Future Developments”.

Venue: Small Lecture Theatre, Building 30, Goldsmith Avenue, Western Sydney University, Campbelltown.
Admission: Free - your gold coin donation in our black box would be appreciated.
Refreshments: after the meeting $2.00 in the jar, please.

Coming Up At MAS:



Event & Location

Event Summary


17th-18th Aug Fri-Sat The Forest
at Belanglo Forest

International House Weekend. SS: 5.27 pm
MS 12.40 am
20th Aug Mon Macarthur Astronomy Forum
at Western Sydney Univerity

Guest Speaker: Dr Ed Kruzins
Head of NASA in Australia.
7.30 pm sharp
25th Aug Sat Bunnings Spring Fair
at Narellan

Volunteers needed. 10.00 am - 2.00 pm
1st Sep Sat Stargard
at The Oaks

Members private observing SS 5.37 pm
MR 11.01 pm
7th-8th Sep Fri-Sat The Forest
at Belanglo Forest

New Moon Weekend
Members private observing
SS 5.41 pm
13th Sep Thu Public Outreach
at Picton School

Volunteers needed. 4.00 pm setup
15th Sep Sat Public Outreach
at Campbelltown Rotary Observatory

Public Observing Night
See below
4.30 pm setup
SS 5.46 pm
17th Sep Mon Macarthur Astronomy Forum
at Western Sydney University

Guest Speaker: Dr Lucyna Kedziora Chudczer (UNSW) 7.30 pm sharp
  • *Time Key for observing nights: SS = Sun Set; MS = Moon Set; MR = Moon Rise.

  • Before Setting Out: If an event is in doubt, members should check (i) here; AND (ii) ; MAS Facebook page.

  • More: Details of events are lower down this page; see also our 'Maps' page; and the 'Field Etiquette' page.

  • Macarthur Astronomy Forum is normally held on the third Monday of the month (Jan-Nov).

    For full details of our next Public Night, please visit our Public Nights page.


Volunteers Needed

Centennial Park, Randwick on Friday 17th August

Christian has another event running in Centennial Park on Friday 17 August. His problem? No astronomers!! Luke Barnes and an aboriginal speaker will be giving talks, same as last week at Mt Annan.

We are looking for four or five people for this event. If you are able to assist please contact Tony Law urgently.


Final Public Night for 2018

Saturday 15th September


MAS Astro-Tours







Please see our Astro-Tours page for latest itinerary, expressions of interest and booking arrangements.


Star Hopping to the Messiers : A book by Robert Bee

One of the MAS Founder members, Robert Bee, has published his second major astronomy book, Star Hopping to the MessiersAn exciting and detailed book, it is suitable for novices and experienced members alike.

This well-presented publication is on sale for members and the public at our next Macarthur Astronomy Forum at a cost of only $22.00.

Bob's new book follows the success of his first book, Heavens Above (now out of print), 




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The Guinness World Record for the most people stargazing at multiple venues at the same time is now Australia with 7,960 participants on 21st August 2015. This was organised by ANU across 37 locations in Australia, of which we at MAS were one.

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