The New Astronomers’ Group is but one small dot that makes up the Astronomy community.
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On-line community links

Astronomical Society of VictoriaASV Logo
The ASV is a non-profit society for people interested in Astronomy,  attracting and catering for people from a wide range of ages and  backgrounds, abilities and interests. First formed in 1922 the society  has grown to over one thousand members. Its activities are coordinated  by a council of elected Office Bearers, Section Directors, and ordinary Councillors.

The ASV has weekly meetings and activities (conducted via Zoom meetings during this pandemic). The Society's  library is also located at the Melbourne Observatory and will re-open when the rules allow. For over 50 years the ASV has played a major role in the care of buildings and facilities at the Melbourne Observatory.

To join the New Astronomers Group you must join the ASV. Once you become a member you can join any of the Section meetings and activities of the ASV. There are many privileges to being an ASV member other than NAG.

You will also find the ASV onUTube      FBook


IceInSpaceIceInSpace #2

Ice in Space is the largest on-line community in the Southern Hemisphere dedicated to promoting amateur  astronomy in the southern hemisphere - including Australia, New Zealand, South America, Southern Africa and parts of Asia. The aim is to help  stargazers from around the world discover, discuss and enjoy the beauty  of our night sky. 



Night Sky simulators


The Evening Sky Map (PDF) is a 2-page monthly guide to the night sky suitable for all sky watchers including newcomers to Astronomy. Designed to print clearly on all printers, The Evening Sky Map is ready-to-use and will help you to:

  • Identify planets, stars and major constellations
  • Find sparkling star clusters, wispy nebulae & distant galaxies
  • Locate and follow bright comets across the sky
  • Learn about the night sky and Astronomy

Click the Southern edition link otherwise you will be confused. Grab a new copy each month

The Evening Sky Map is FREE for personal non-commercial use. Astronomy Education and Outreach groups may freely distribute printed handouts of The Evening Sky Map subject to the Terms of Use.


StellariumStellarium is an open source desktop planetarium for Linux/Unix, Windows and macOS. It renders the skies in real time using OpenGL, which means the skies will look exactly like what you see with your eyes, binoculars, or a small telescope. Stellarium is very simple to use, which is one of its biggest advantages: it can easily be used by beginners. The Stellarium project was started by Fabien Chéreau during the summer of 2001.

Stellarium as a great tool for planning your next night sky excursion, something the New Astronomers’ Group calls a “Cloudy Night” task because you can’t go out and look at the real thing. Currently in version 20+ this has become a mature product that offers a lot of handy tools which you can discover by pressing F1 for help.



Astronomy News

Universe Today
A popular North American-based non-commercial space and astronomy news website. The domain was registered on December 30, 1998, and the website went live in March 1999, founded by Canadian Fraser Cain.


SpaceGet the latest space exploration, innovation and astronomy news. celebrates humanity's ongoing expansion across the final frontier.

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