What Do We Do?
GAA aim to make astronomy accessable to the community’s of NE Arnhemland with regular public Astronomy nights. These nights are run by club volunteers to share the delights of the night sky with all who want to look.
For members of GAA we conduct additional astronomy nights, special interest events, Astronomy camps and more.
We have our very own ‘dark sky site’ exactly 1.3km off the bitumen past the northern end of the airport .runway (Dhupma Rd), where we hold the majority of our regular star gazing nights (as shown on the Google earth map on this page).
On viewing nights we signpost directly out the front of the site, so we’re hard to miss! The site has a well maintained smooth ground surface and ‘park style’ concrete tables and chairs for convenience.
We often host events in or near town as well, including on Hindle oval, the golf club and even in the town centre occasionally.
Dry season: We usually meet monthly during the dry and more often as special astronomical events are forecast such as the passing of a comet etc.
All Public events are advertised through the local paper, radio, IGA Noticeboard and via email.
Wet season: Our meetings are less regular due to weather restrictions however when the sky is clear the atmosphere is much clearer and therefore often a more rewarding viewing experience!
Who comes to viewing nights?
Whether you’re just curious and want to come along to have a look or if you have just purchased yourself a new scope and want to learn more, or if you’re a bit of a whiz and want to come share your knowledge, all are welcome.
The objectives of our Association are to “encourage people with an interest in astronomy to get to know each other, to share their knowledge, enthusiasm and equipment, to promote astronomy as an interesting field of study for pleasure and as a science, and to provide educational and entertaining astronomy-related experiences to children and students alike, appropriate to their level of understanding. Our viewing nights and special events are all focussed on education and pleasure.
Benefits of Membership.
As well as extra newsletters, special interest events & in depth astronomy, an SMS service for those Ad Hoc nights during the unpredictable wet season weather, the Association has a range of assets available for loan or hire, including ….
An “Astroscan” 4 inch Travel Scope (ideal for camping trips)
A Meade 4″ reflector, Ideal for setting up in the backyard and learning the night sky at your own pace.
Safe solar telescope, ideal for introducing young kids to Solar Astronomy.