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.
Gippsland Star Party
Mark your calendars and join forces with fellow enthusiasts as we embark on this celestial journey. Brought to you by the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society, Latrobe Valley Astronomical Society and the Astronomical Society of Victoria, this promises to be the first of many unforgettable annual gatherings.
Friday 15th – Sunday 17th March 2024 at the Stockmans Camp, Buchan.
Telescope Learning Day
A much anticipated event for 2024! Come to Mt Martha Observatory on Saturday, 23 March and learn from scratch about how telescopes work, how best to use them and what to point them at!
Saturday 23rd March 2024 at Mount Martha Observatory.
Mt Martha Observatory is open to members.
Newsletter / monthly highlights / meeting videos
- February: Sirius and Canopus a bright sight for your eyesObserving the southern skies this month you will find two stellar beacons shining away high in the sky. These… Read more: February: Sirius and Canopus a bright sight for your eyes
- MPAS Meeting January 2024Main talk: “Why Have We Not Found Any Aliens?”, by Keith Cooper. Public lecture courtesy of the Royal Institution, London
- Scorpius No. 1 (January/February) 2024Topics: VASTROC 2023; Vale Peter Norman; VicSouth star party; Planet-forming disk in another galaxy; Cooling fans on Newtonians.
- January: The Hunter and his dogs roam the summer skyThis month the constellation Orion is ideally placed high in the sky. While exploring it you will see the… Read more: January: The Hunter and his dogs roam the summer sky
- December: Constellations and clouds make great Christmas viewingDuring December, the constellations Taurus, Gemini, Orion and Auriga are visible. Looking towards the north you can see the… Read more: December: Constellations and clouds make great Christmas viewing
- MPAS Meeting November 2023Main talk: “The NASA Psyche Mission: An Electric Journey to a Metal World”, presented by Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Principal Science Investigator for the mission at the University of New Mexico. Public lecture courtesy of the National Academy of Sciences.
- Scorpius No. 6 (November/December) 2023Topics: Vale Ian Sullivan; Psyche asteroid mission; Mt Buller; how to adjust a finder scope; the ionosphere.