Astronomical Society of Albury-Wodonga

Guest Speaker - Dr Stefan Keller, ANU

Topic: The SkyMapper Observatory

Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

CD Blake Theatre, CSU Thurgoona (map)

Free entry

Dr Keller is a Research Fellow at the Australian National University and is the Operational Scientist for the SkyMapper Observatory located at Coonabarabran in NSW. This is an automated rapid survey telescope to conduct a survey of the stars in the southern sky. The facility can scan 100,000 stars an hour.

Dr Kellerís research interests involve pulsating stars, stellar evolution and metal-poor stars, the first to have formed in the Universe.

Recently he and his team discovered a star containing only a few elements (hydrogen, carbon, magnesium and calcium). It contain very little iron indicating that it was formed very early in the life of our Universe, around 13.6 billion years ago. The star is only 6,000 light years away.

Come along to this public lecture and learn more about this discovery and what it means.

Viewing Nights

ASAW conducts regular public and private viewing nights.

Viewing nights include the chance to look at the Moon, planets, galaxies and other objects through good quality telescopes. Tours of the sky are often available, highlighting constellations and other features.


PUBLIC EVENTS (open to everyone - no booking required)

Friday, 9th May 2014

Baranduda Community Centre

Viewing from 6:30 pm

Cost $3 per person or $10 per family

See Jupiter before it sets, Mars and the Moon up high and then Saturn as it rises!

RESTRICTED EVENTS (see conditions listed - contact ASAW to make a booking)

Saturday and Sunday, 5th and 6th October 2013

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DEPI Biodiversity Campout (Warby Ranges)

Open to guests and organisers of the campout

Further details will be posted soon

Alternatively, contact the Victorian Dept. of Environment and Primary Industries

Friday, 11th October 2013

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Trinity Angligan College (Thurgoona Campus)

Q&A session from 6:30 pm

Viewing from 7:45 pm

Open to year 5 students, staff and families

Border Stargaze

Scheduled for October 2014.

Border Stargaze is moving to a later (warmer!) date so everyone can take better advantage of the fantastic facilities at Wymah. At this time, the next event is scheduled for 23-26 October 2014. Full details will be posted shortly.

Astrophotography Expo

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The Albury LibraryMuseum is hosting an astrophotography expo from 6th July until 1st September 2013.

The expo features landscape, solar system and deep sky images taken by ASAW members. Also featured is a meteorite collection and a selection of astronomical equipment.

National Science Week

12-15 August 2013

ASAW will be conducting our annual National Science Week activities in conjunction with Charles Sturt University.


Tuesday 13th

Indigenous Astronomy presented by Dr Duane Hamacher (bio)

Time: 7:00 pm   (telescope viewing from 6:00 pm - weather permitting)

Location: CD Blake lecture theatre (Bldg 751), CSU Thurgoona (map)

Cost: Free

Thursday 15th

100 Years of Australian Science presented by The Hon Dr Barry Jones (bio)

Time: 6:30 pm   (telescope viewing from 6:00 pm - weather permitting)

Location: Albury Entertainment Centre

Cost: Free


Monday 12th

Cosmodome shows for Wewak students at Lauren Jackson Stadium

Tuesday 13th - Thursday 15th

Schools science programmes at CSU with six separate science activities

Thursday 15th

The Hon Dr Barry Jones will give a lecture to high school students about 100 years of Science in Australia and will then have an afternoon with selected students.

Next Meeting

Wednesday, 7th May 2014

7:00 pm (finishing approx. 9 pm)

Charles Sturt University

Thurgoona Campus

Building 754 (Teaching & Learning Hub)

Room 103


ASAW's monthly meetings are open to members, their guests and the general public. There is no cost to attend.

Meetings include:

  • Astronomical news update
  • Short presentations
  • Longer, more in-depth presentations
  • Hands-on experiments and activities
  • Telescope viewing (weather permitting)

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, except January.