Public Viewing Nights
The MPAS has a long history of introducing schools and
community groups to the wonders of the night sky, and in
recent years, we have endeavoured to give the public the
opportunity to view these same treasures at or monthly
Public Viewing Nights (PVNs).
Held on the FIRST FRIDAY of each month at the MPAS
(Directions/Map), commencing at 8:00PM, these popular events
are a great chance to view the Moon, planets like Venus,
Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, interesting stars and clusters as
well as bright satellite and Space Station passes, all with
a wide array of telescopes supplied by our members.
We also show a variety of multimedia presentations to
spark your interest! Free light refreshments are supplied as
These nights are held regardless of the weather, with an
extended presentation if viewing is not possible.
Bookings are essential
as space is limited (excuse the pun). Simply leave your
details on 0419253252 or email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost for adults is $8.00, Kids
$4.00 and families (2 adults and 2 kids) is $20.00.
Frequently Asked Questions...
What is the format of the PVNs?
In the majority of cases, the presentation is held first,
followed by the viewing. In the summer months, it's still
daylight when we start so it has to be this way. In the
winter, viewing can also be done before the presentation: if
a large number attend we can also split into two groups, one
viewing while the other sees the show, then swapping over.
Can I bring my kids?
Absolutely! Even the littlies get a thrill from looking
through a telescope. The presentations are aimed at a
general audience but seem to keep the attention of most
children with animation, sound and video. Just remember to
keep an eye on them around expensive equipment.
What if it's cancelled?
We never cancel a PVN. Sounds strange, but it's easier
for us to attend and at least do the presentation than try
and decide if we should cancel, then attempt to contact
everyone. If it's pouring rain you can still come along for
So how do you get there?
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See you there!