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. 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.
Newsletter / monthly highlights / meeting videos
- Scorpius No. 3 (May/June) 2022Topics: Axiom-1 private mission to the ISS; MPAS sundial at the Briars; making a wire spider for a Rich […]
- May: Constellations, clusters and conjunctionsIn the southern hemisphere this month you will be treated to the richness of the constellations Centaurus, Scorpius and […]
- MPAS meeting April 2022Main talk: “Protecting Astronauts from Space Radiation”, by Dr. Gail Iles, Physics Senior Lecturer at RMIT University.
- April: The Lion’s share of intriguing galaxiesLeo plays host to many interesting galaxies that can be seen with relatively modest amateur equipment. These include the […]
- MPAS meeting March 2022Main 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 fundraiserThe constellation Orion is gradually sinking out of view, so make the most of it before it disappears. Leo […]
- Scorpius No. 2 (March/April) 2022Topics: Artemis I mission, Parker Solar Probe, Large Aperture SDM Telescopes, ASIAir Plus.