The Astronomical Society of Western Australia (Inc.) - better known as ASWA - is the premier Astronomical society in the state of Western Australia. We are located in Perth, the world's most isolated capital city (at roughly 32ºS 116ºE), but are open to membership from all over the state, the country, the world, or even the Universe. If you check a satellite snap of the Earth at night, you'll see us as that lonely dot on the west coast of the vast, dark expanse that is Australia.
ASWA was established in May 1950 and celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in the year 2000. As in our early days, ASWA continues to strive to bring the joy of Astronomy within reach of the public and to provide a forum for amateur astronomers of all persuasions to gather together and enjoy this unique hobby. Our aims are :
- The stimulation of a popular interest in Astronomy.
- The association of observers, especially the possessors of small telescopes, for mutual help and their organization in the work of Astronomical observation.
- To promote Astronomical research by amateurs.
We are active in public astronomy and provide a wide range of services to our members, including our journal The Sidereal Times, an extensive library of books and journals, a telescope loan programme, monthly meetings, special interest groups and various other star gazing activities.