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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".

Patron of Macarthur Astronomical Society

Professor Geraint Lewis

University of Sydney

Patron since: 3rd February 2020

2016 02 15 MAS 20th Geraint Lewis Square      

"I am delighted to accept the position of Patron of the Macarthur Astronomical Society.

"Over the last twelve years, I have spoken to the Society on many occasions and am always struck by their enthusiasm for unravelling the secrets of the universe.

"I have keenly followed the Society in its laudable goal of sharing the wonders of the night sky with the general public, especially the younger generations, and am excited to join them on their future endeavours". 

Geraint Lewis, 3rd October 2020        

 

Professor Geraint Lewis undertakes a broad spectrum of research. On the largest scales, his program involves looking at the influence of dark energy and dark matter on the evolution and ultimate fate of the Universe.

Another aspect of his research uses the phenomenon of gravitational lensing to probe the nature and distribution of the pervasive dark matter, and employing individual stars to magnify the hearts of quasars, the most luminous objects in the Universe.

Closer to home, Geraint's research focuses upon Galactic cannibalism, where small dwarf galaxies are torn apart by the much more massive Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy. Using telescopes from around the world, including the 10-m Keck telescope in Hawaii, he has mapped the tell-tale signs of tidal disruption and destruction, providing important clues to how large galaxies have grown over time.

 Book GLLB A Fortunate Universe   Book Lewis Barnes Cosmic Revolutionarys Handbook

University of Sydney Academic Staff Page

Arxiv Index of Papers

Alas Lewis And Barnes

Wikipedia Page

Blog Site

Twitter

 

The MAS Mentoring Programme as been cancelled for 2020, due to the public health situation. We hope to resume in the new year.

Mentoring is under the management of Phillip Kidd. Details are available in the two documents linked below:

2020 MAS Mentoring Process

MAS Mentoring project overview 2020

MAS Solar Project - Observing the Features of the Sun 

If you can help by being a mentor, or assisting a mentor, please let Phil know, ASAP by contacting him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Observing Nights and Forum nights 2020

For advanced planning purposes only, as dates may be changed due to unforeseen circumstances.

Please always check the News & Events page for event starting times and possible late changes.

All scheduled events will be reviewed and announcements will be made at the appropriate times.

New Moon Weekends (Fri-Sat)

Belanglo Forest
Members Private Observing Nights

Jan 24th-25th cancelled (bushfires).
Feb 21st-22nd cancelled (weather).
March 20th-21st went ahead.
April 24th-25th cancelled (public health).
May 22nd-23rd cancelled (public health).
June 19th went ahead.
June 20th cancelled (weather).

July 17th-18th cancelled (cabin hygiene)
August 21st-22nd 
September 18th-19th
October 16th-17th
November 13th-14th
December 11th-12th

Third Quarter Moon Saturdays

Stargard
Members Private Observing Nights

Jan 18th cancelled (bushfires).
Feb 15th cancelled (weather).
March 14th pp to 20th (weather).
March 20th unscheduled - 
went ahead.
April 18th  cancelled (public health)
May 16th  cancelled (public health).
June 13th went ahead
June 24th
 unscheduled - went ahead.
July 11th   postponed (weather)
August 15th
September 12th
October 10th
November 7th
December 5th & 12th

First Quarter Moon Saturdays

Public Nights

January 4th: unallocated
February 1st: unallocated
March 7th: unallocated
April 4th: unallocated
May 2nd: Domes  cancelled (public health).
May 30th: Domes cancelled (public health).
June 27th: Domes cancelled (public health).
July 25th: Domes cancelled (public health).
Aug 29th: Domes cancelled (public health).
Sept 26th: Domes cancelled (public health).
October 24th: unallocated
November 21st: unallocated
December 19th: unallocated

Third Mondays

Macarthur Astronomy Forum Nights

January 20th  went ahead
February 17th went ahead
March 16th cancelled (public health).
April 20th  online 
May 18th  online
June 15th online
July 20th  online
August 17th
September 21st
October 19th
November 16th
December 7th (First Monday)

 


What We Do

MAS is happy to offer public outreach services to non-commercial and commercial organisations in SW Sydney. Our members love sharing their passion for the Universe by collaborating with the local community.

The number of public outreach events we can commit to each year is limited. So, we prefer plenty of advance warning to enable us to fit an event into our membership's fixed observing schedule.

Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • -  Telescope Viewing Events.
    -  Astronomy & Spaceflight Talks.
    -  Mentoring.
    -  Astronomical Equipment Maintenance.

Public Health

All upcoming outreach events for 2020 have been cancelled.

What You Do

Our commitment to your event will be dependent on two things: a mutually agreed date and receipt of a formal request from your organisation for MAS to participate in events, to be made using the appropriate 'Request For Services' form:

Request For Services Form - Non-commercial

Request For Services Form - Commercial

Availability and conditions for MAS Outreach Services are specified in the Terms and Conditions section of the forms.

The appropriate form (Non-commercial or Commercial) should be completed and signed by an authorised representative of the organisation, complete with supporting attachments. Please return it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We are happy to discuss potential events and proposed dates in advance by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 


Working With Children 
Our participating members
are accredited by
NSW Working With Children Check

 

 

 

To contact MAS, please click on the relevant e-mail address below - or you can write to: The Secretary, PO Box 17, Minto, 2566 

 

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