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18th Nov Mon Macarthur Astronomy Forum
at Western Sydney University

Guest Speaker: Dr Brad Tucker (ANU) 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm start
23rd Nov Sat Stargard
At The Oaks

Members Private Observing Night SS 7.43 pm
MR 4.07 am
29th-30th Nov Fri-Sat The Forest
At Belanglo

New Moon Weekend
Members Private Observing.
SS 7.50 pm
9th Dec Mon Macarthur Astronomy Forum
at Western Sydney University

Annual Students Night 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm start
21st Dec Sat Stargard
At The Oaks

Members Private Observing SS 8.05 pm
MR 2.40 am
27th-28th Dec Fri-Sat The Forest
At Belanglo

New Moon Weekend
Members Private Observing.
SS 8.08 pm
31st Dec Tue Stargard
At The Oaks

Members Private Observing SS 8.10 pm
MS 11.44 pm
  •    *Time Key for observing nights: SS = Sunset; MS = Moonset; MR = Moonrise.

  •     In the event of inclement weather, Forest nights will be cancelled and Stargard may be postponed.

  •     Before setting out: if an event is in doubt, members should check both here AND the MAS Facebook page.  

  •    See also our 'Maps' page; and the 'Field Etiquette' page.


       Macarthur Astronomy Forum is held on the third Monday of the month (Jan-Nov) and second Monday in December.
  •     Events publicised for Western Sydney University are held at Campbelltown Campus.
  •     A full observing planning list for the year is available > Here <

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Macarthur Astronomy Forum

Monday 21st November


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Dr Brad Tucker


Australian National University

A Broken Space Telescope, Exploding Stars, and the End of the Universe

Massive stars end their lives in brilliant explosions known as supernova. These massive bursts briefly outshine all the light from the galaxy wherein they occur. The past fifteen years have been a “boom” period for supernovae, with vast amounts of time and effort being invested in these objects. Not only are supernovae important for understanding the life of stars, but they can be used as cosmological probes to study what the Universe is made of and how it is growing.

This has shown us that the Universe is accelerating in its expansion - the subject of the 2011 Nobel Prize - and is being caused by dark energy, which will cause the end of the Universe. Brad will show how our understanding of these objects has been revolutionised using new techniques including the Kepler Space Telescope and what this means for the Universe.



Lecture Theatre 30, Building 30, Goldsmith Avenue, Western Sydney University, Campbelltown. Public admission is free but a gold coin donation in our black box near the door would be very much appreciated. 


7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start.

About Our Guest

Brad Tucker is an Astrophysicist/Cosmologist at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Mt. Stromlo Observatory and the National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, at the Australian National University. 

Brad received a Bachelor’s degrees in Physics, Philosophy and Theology from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Astrophysics and Cosmology from Mt. Stromlo Observatory at the ANU.  He’s leading programs using the NASA Kepler Space Telescope and TESS to understand why and how stars blow up. He’s also building a network of ultraviolet telescopes in the upper atmosphere, a search to find Planet 9, as well as issues surrounding the mining of asteroids.

Brad frequently gives talks to school groups and the public about Astronomy and has regular segments on various radio and TV stations. He has also developed a series of Astronomy coins with the Royal Australian Mint, consulted on science fiction movies, and has been featured in TV specials. He is currently in the process of writing his first popular book.


MAS Partners With Return and Earn

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We are proud to announce that MAS has become a Donation Partner with Return & Earn in the Macarthur area for the period Monday 26th August until Sunday 24th November 2019.

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Return and Earn is a NSW litter reduction initiative, which was introduced in 2017.

Littering impacts all of us. It spoils our environment, costs millions of dollars to clean up, and is associated with anti-social behaviour. 


We have been assigned thirteen local Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) for this period, see Local RVM List.

When you take eligible containers to an RVM for recycling, simply select "Donations - Local Charity - Macarthur Astronomical Society" - and MAS will earn the donated refunds of 10 cents per container.

MAS members, family and the public are encouraged to participate in this opportunity to further our activities and public outreach programs.

Return and Earn is helping to meet the goal of reducing the volume of litter in NSW by 40 per cent by 2020. See here for How it WorksSee here for your local council Return & Earn pages:   Campbelltown,   Camden,   Wollondilly,   Liverpool.

Members Notices

Website Update from Webmaster

I am delighted to inform members that our former President, Chris Malikoff, has volunteered to build a new website for the Society and has already begun work on it. Hopefully the new version will replace our existing site before the end of the year, so please bear with us in the meantime.

Some of you are already aware of problems with the current site, including the mail and private message system. Thanks for your understanding. 



Management Committee 2019-20

President: Allan Hobbs
Vice-President: John Rombi
Secretary: Barry Moore
Treasurer: Andy Milton
Committee Position: Henry Swierk
Committee Position: Phillip Kidd
Committee Position: Greg Bradford

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