Welcome to MPAS

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.

View of Mt Martha Observatory

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. We acknowledge the land, water, and sky under which we meet are of the Bunurong and Boon Wurrung peoples and we pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Upcoming Events

Newsletter / monthly highlights / meeting videos

  • Scorpius No. 3 (May/June) 2022
    Topics: Axiom-1 private mission to the ISS; MPAS sundial at the Briars; making a wire spider for a Rich […]
  • May: Constellations, clusters and conjunctions
    In the southern hemisphere this month you will be treated to the richness of the constellations Centaurus, Scorpius and […]
  • MPAS meeting April 2022
    Main talk: “Protecting Astronauts from Space Radiation”, by Dr. Gail Iles, Physics Senior Lecturer at RMIT University.
  • April: The Lion’s share of intriguing galaxies
    Leo plays host to many interesting galaxies that can be seen with relatively modest amateur equipment. These include the […]
  • MPAS meeting March 2022
    Main talk: “Can Humans Thrive on Planet Earth over Cosmic Time?”, by Prof. Sandra Faber, Astrophysicist and Observational Astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Lick Observatory. This lecture is provided by special permission, courtesy of Dr. Sam Vaughan of the University of Sydney.
  • March: Leo on show and Lions fundraiser
    The constellation Orion is gradually sinking out of view, so make the most of it before it disappears. Leo […]
  • Scorpius No. 2 (March/April) 2022
    Topics: Artemis I mission, Parker Solar Probe, Large Aperture SDM Telescopes, ASIAir Plus.
  • The Pleiades, also known as The Seven Sisters and Messier 45, is an open star cluster containing middle-age, hot B-type stars in the northwest of the constellation Taurus. It is among the star clusters nearest to Earth; it is also the nearest Messier object to Earth and is the cluster most obvious to the unaided eye in the night sky. Photo: MPAS member David Rolfe

Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society
Mt Martha Observatory
The Briars, Mt Martha, Victoria

Mobile: 0419 253 252
Email: welcome@mpas.asn.au

Postal address
P.O. Box 596
Frankston, Victoria, 3199