Astronomical Society of Southern Africa

Welcome to the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA), a vibrant community where amateur and professional astronomers alike find a gateway to the cosmos. Open to everyone, ASSA embraces members irrespective of their astronomy knowledge or experience.



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About us

At ASSA, our National Council and a network of autonomous Centres across the country work together to foster astronomical passion. Joining a local Centre automatically enrols you in the national organization, offering a universe of opportunities. For those in remote locations, our Country Membership is your link to the stars from any corner of South Africa.

The Society publishes the annual Sky Guide and the peer-reviewed journal MNASSA. Additional publications are released from time to time.

Discover the wonders of the cosmos through our specialized Sections. Catering to diverse interests from celestial events to astrophotography, there’s a place for every star enthusiast.

We celebrate excellence in astronomy with prestigious awards like the Gill Medal and Overbeek Award, honouring both advancements in the field and significant contributions to our society. Our Honorary Membership recognizes individuals who have made a remarkable impact in popularizing or advancing astronomy, while our Section Directors commend achievements with Director’s Commendations and Observing Certificates.

Join ASSA for a journey into astronomy. Our community welcomes enthusiasts at all levels, offering a space for learning and sharing under the Southern skies. Your membership awaits!

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