Information about the ASA and its activities may be found on the Society's pages (this site) rather than the
more wide-ranging Australian Astronomy site.
Information on ASA activities is generally distributed to the membership via the ASA email exploder.
This exploder may now be accessed for suitable purposes by emailing your message direct to
asa -@- physics.usyd.edu.au. This is moderated Mailman system so email will be approved before distribution.
An archive of email sent using the system can be found at
Any questions should be directed to
John O'Byrne, the ASA Secretary maintaining the list.
Email may still be sent to John O'Byrne for posting.
The ASA also has a Facebook group.
The major activities of the ASA are:
- The ASA runs several meetings each year, including the Annual Scientific Meeting and meetings organised by the various Chapters of the Society.
- Many Society activities are organised thorugh its various Chapters. Currently there are four Chapters:
- The ASA's Education and Public Outreach Chapter (EPOC)
works to advance the level of public awareness of astronomy and promote the teaching of astronomy to students and the public.
EPOC produces a series of
on topical subjects such as and upcoming eclipses, transits etc. These are available from the
Australian Astronomy web site.
EPOC also has a web page How to become an astronomer
for school students.
- The ASA sponsors a number of awards and grants and provides limited travel assistance to student members.
- The ASA is concerned with obtrusive lighting ("light pollution")
and has been asked by Standards Australia to compile a list of "designated" optical observatories worthy of protection from obtrusive lighting.
- The ASA, in conjunction with Annual Reviews Inc., offers a discount
to members on subscriptions to Annual Review of
Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia (PASA)
is a peer-reviewed journal, published on-line from Volume 18 (2002).
Prior to Volume 12 (1995) it was known as the
Proceedings of the ASA, however the name was changed to
emphasise the fact that it is a refereed journal accepting submissions at any
- The Foundation for the Advancement of Astronomy (FAA) is a tax-deductible Foundation which exists to enhance the ASA's efforts to promote Astronomy and related fields in Australia, and to recognise and support excellence in those fields.
- The ASA sends representatives to the annual
Science meets Parliament, organised by Science & Technology Australia.
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