Public Stargazing Nights

COVID-19 Update: Stargazing nights coming back in January 2021

With COVID-19 restrictions now eased in Victoria, we are excited to offer Public Stargazing again starting from January 2021! Scroll down for details on how we are making sure our events are COVID-safe.


Online Booking

Bookings are essential as space is limited (excuse the pun), so be sure to secure your place at one of our Public Viewing Nights by booking online.

Getting to MPAS

Get directions to MPAS from your location on your phone or device, or find detailed location information and maps on our contact page.

Prices

Current entry prices are:
Adults  –  $15.00
Kids  –  $5.00
Families  –  $35.00

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View the Moon, planets and the stars through our telescopes!

Our popular Public Stargazing Nights start at 8:00pm on the first Friday of each month at the Mt Martha Observatory.

This is your 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.

MPAS public night auditorium
MPAS public night auditorium
Telescopes in front of MPAS auditorium building

MPAS has a long history of introducing schools and community groups to the wonders of the night sky. In recent years, we have endeavoured to give the public the opportunity to view these same treasures at our monthly Stargazing Nights.

We also show a variety of multimedia presentations to spark your interest! Free light refreshments are provided as well.

These nights are held regardless of the weather, with an extended presentation if viewing is not possible.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, pre-booking online is required.

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COVID-safe public stargazing

We are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone:

  • If you feel sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come to the Briars.
  • Group size is strictly limited and pre-booking and check-in is required to help with contact tracing.
  • Face masks are required indoors and where it’s difficult to keep a 1.5m distance, in line with Victorian government regulations.
  • Events are held outdoors as much as possible.
  • Indoor spaces have clear signs with maximum occupancy numbers and markings on the floor to help with physical distancing.
  • All surfaces and equipment are cleaned and sanitised before and after the event.
  • Shared telescopes are made COVID-safe with single-use plastic wrapping for eyepieces or by using video projection.
  • MPAS volunteers will be on site to make sure everyone follows these rules.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the format of the Public Stargazing Night?

The night usually starts with a presentation, 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. All Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent / guardian.

What if it’s cancelled?

We never cancel a public night. 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 the show and return for free on the following Public Night midway through the evening at 9pm. 

See you there!

Telescopes on concrete slab at Mt Martha Observatory