AUSTRALIA’S BIENNIAL AMATEUR ASTRONOMY conference is less than two months away, with registrations now open for sessions and social functions.

The National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers is held every two years in a different city, hosted by one or more local astronomical societies.

The event brings together leading amateurs for several days of presentation of research, workshops, social functions and sometimes field trips.

This year’s conference will be held from April 10 to 13 (the Easter weekend) in Parkes, NSW, home of the CSIRO’s famous radio observatory. The host is the Central West Astronomical Society.

Registrations for NACAA 2020 can be arranged via the event’s website, where you can also find full details of prices, the program, details of social functions and accommodation options.

The organisers have also put out a call for poster presentations. If you’ve been doing some interesting astronomical work and feel like sharing it, this is your chance to get it front of an appreciative audience.

Looking ahead, NACAA organisers have called for expressions of interest for bodies to host the 2022 (and beyond) conventions. Nominations can come from an individual astronomical society, a joint venture of two or more societies or a group of individuals from one city or area.

Image credit: ESO/Y. Beletsky