Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society
The Briars Historic Park,
450 Nepean Highway,
Nerida Langcake (Secretary)
NUMBER OF MEMBERS
Formed in 1969 with the first lunar landing, MPAS is a substantial astronomy and science society of volunteers based in regional Victoria, southeast of Melbourne, with its registered observatory located inside a State Park beneath dark southern skies.
They have been highly focused on extensive outreach activities for schools, scout/guide groups, general public and tourists for over 30 years.
They have a newsletter journal, email and facebook newsgroups, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube channel, a library of books, magazines, audiovisuals and instruments to borrow, regular social events, and regular stargazing nights both at the society's observatory and astronomy centre, plus at offsite locations.
MPAS caters for all ages and levels of experience.
Monthly public nights are held on the first Friday of each month, and more frequently near National Science Week in August and throughout January, all from 8pm and include a talk and telescopes and proceed regardless of weather.
MPAS has been a leading contributor of astronomy events in Victoria and wider during National Science Week since inception in 1997. It has hosted several state and national conventions of amateur astronomers over the years and actively champions these conferences for promoting excellence in Australian amateur astronomy.