Welcome to MPAS
MPAS is a volunteer-run Astronomical Society, located at Mt Martha on the Mornington Peninsula. It was founded in 1969 to foster the study of all aspects of Astronomy, Space and general Science by volunteers and to promote these to the public.
You can visit us at one of our popular public stargazing nights, where you can learn more about the Universe and take a look through our telescopes at the planets, the Moon and the stars.
We hold a monthly general meeting for the exchange of ideas and information. For decades the Society has provided “Astronomy on the Move” educational presentations, including observing nights for schools and community groups exclusively in the Peninsula and surrounding areas, as well as special exhibitions in the Melbourne CBD and Melbourne Museum.
Mt Martha Observatory is the Society’s registered astronomical observatory at The Briars Historic Park. It is used to further the Society’s educational, research, innovation and recreational capabilities. Historically this was the first registered amateur observatory in Australia and is one of a network of registered global monitoring stations of night sky light pollution. The Observatory is registered with the Astronomical Society of Australia.
- COVID-19 Update
With COVID restrictions now eased in Victoria, we are excited to open up the observatory again!
Our members can also use the observatory again, as long as our COVID-safe plan is followed. Members will be kept up to date about current restrictions and rules via the email list and members Facebook page.
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- December: Clouds and meteors provide a visual feastThe Magellanic Clouds can be seen sitting in the southern part of the night sky this month. The Small […]
- MPAS Meeting November 2020Main talk: “How to Return to the Moon and Go On to Mars”, by Apollo 17 astronaut and Geologist, Dr. Harrison Schmitt (public domain video courtesy of the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition)
- November: Get your head in the cloudsThere is a lot to see in the southern skies this month with just the naked eye. Start off […]
- MPAS Meeting October 2020Main talk: “The End of Time: Future History of the Universe”, by Prof. Geraint Lewis (from public domain channel of the Royal Institution)
- October: Opposition attracts celestial observersMars oppositions occur every two years and two months – or, to be precise, every 779.94 days – and […]