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Introduction to Astronomy Course - Starting March 8th 2018

posted Feb 14, 2018, 2:08 AM by Karen Raynor   [ updated Feb 14, 2018, 2:54 AM ]

The Astronomical Society of the South West will be conducting Astronomy Classes for Beginners at our Observatory, Keble Heights, College Grove, Bunbury, for six consecutive Thursdays commencing on Thursday the 8th of March 2018 at 6.00pm, and following weeks at 6.30pm.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

This is a perfect opportunity to jump in and learn about astronomy and all there is to know for viewing the night sky. Each night will feature a different topic with talks and a DVD presentation, followed by viewing outside with members and like-minded people to chat with.

Topics covered include:

  • Stars & Constellations
  • Planets
  • Moon
  • Telescopes
  • Galaxies
  • Asteroids & Comets

The usual duration of each night is 90-120 minutes, depending on clear weather and if any catch-up is needed from bad weather previous weeks.

For more information download the course outline

FEES

 Full Course      Adult  $80
   Student (9yo, full time)   $40
   Family  $150
     
 First Night Only (“Taster”)  Adult  $30
   Student (full time)  $15

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

There is a limited number of places available. 

For bookings please download the registration form. 

For any help or questions, please enquire.

        

Lunar Eclipse January 31st 2018

posted Jan 21, 2018, 9:23 AM by ASSW Google Admin   [ updated Jan 21, 2018, 7:38 PM ]

On Wednesday 31st January at 8pm the ASSW will be hosting an event for the public at the Bunbury Recreation Ground to watch the Lunar Eclipse. Club members with telescopes and binoculars will be available to show the lunar eclipse and then during the 1 hr 15 mins of total eclipse, when the moon is darkest, other astronomical targets will also be shown.

Blood-Blue-Supermoon
        Location:  Bunbury Recreation Ground (map)
        Time:        8pm to 10pm
        Cost:        Adults $5  Children $2 
                        (CASH ONLY, NO EFTPOS)
                        No Bookings Necessary. 

The Eclipse will actually be a Blood-Blue-Supermoon, an incredibly rare event! 
  • Supermoon because the moon is at the closest point in its orbit to earth, 
  • Blue moon because it's the second full moon of the month (first is on 1st Jan), and 
  • Blood because the eclipsed moon appears red due to light diffraction through the Earth's atmosphere. 
For more information about Lunar Eclipses and Supermoons see this video, or check out this page to see where and when the eclipse is visible.

Please bring any chairs, picnic rugs etc you may wish to sit on to watch the Eclipse. 

Parking available on-site near Runners Club building and at public carpark opposite side of Ocean Rd.

For those of us in South West

6:51 pm   Penumbral Eclipse begins. Moon is just below the horizon.
7:48 pm  Partial Eclipse begins. Moon is 5 degrees above the horizon.
8:51 pm Full Eclipse  (Totality) begins. Moon is 16 degrees above the horizon.
9:31 pm  Maximum eclipse. Moon is 23 degrees above the horizon.
10:06 pm Full Eclipse (Totality) ends. Moon is 28 degrees above the horizon.
11:12 pm Partial Eclipse ends. Moon is 35 degrees above the horizon.
12:10 am Penumbral Eclipse ends. Moon is 38 degrees above the horizon.

Astronomy Public Nights - January 19, 20 & 21 2018

posted Oct 24, 2017, 1:00 AM by Brian Raynor   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 5:49 AM by ASSW Google Admin ]

The Astronomical Society of the South West (Inc) will be holding open astronomy nights for the public at our Observatory in College Grove, Bunbury, during the January School Holidays.

The Observatory will be open on Friday 19
th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of January 2018 each night from 8:00pm to 10:30pm, weather permitting. No bookings necessary.

Cost: - Adults $12.00; Children $8.00; Family - $35.00. 

For further information, please enquire.


Astronomy Public Nights - September 22, 23, 24 & 25 2017

posted Oct 12, 2009, 5:34 PM by Brian Raynor   [ updated Nov 6, 2017, 12:51 AM by ASSW Google Admin ]

The Astronomical Society of the South West (Inc) will be holding open astronomy nights for the public at their Observatory, Keble Heights, College Grove, Bunbury, during the first weekend of the September School Holidays.

The Observatory will be open on Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th and Monday 25th of September each night from 7.00pm to 10.00pm, weather permitting. No bookings necessary.

Cost: - Adults $12.00; Children $8.00; Family - $30.00.


For further information, please enquire.

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