Our mission

We encourage and promote a popular interest in Astronomy for students and general public while providing aids in astronomy education.


Our History

The Astronomical Society of Penang was formed in April 2016, aiming to promote awareness in astronomy and space science to the people of Penang and Malaysia through first-hand experience. In fact, our motto is “Seeing Is Believing and Doing Is Fun”.

The Astronomical Society of Penang had its beginnings in the Astronomy Club of Universiti Sains Malaysia. This astronomy club was formed in 1986 and under the guidance of the club’s advisor, Dr. Chong Hon Yew. This club had created tremendous awareness in astronomy and space science among people of Penang and Malaysia. A great number of astronomy and space science activities were conducted in schools and organizations both private and public all over Malaysia including Sabah and Sarawak. Many of these activities attracted thousands of students, teachers and members of the public from Malaysia and neighboring countries.

Over the years, Penang has developed a very active amateur astronomy scene with telescopes in several schools and a matriculation college. We believe this will provide a significant impetus to uplift astronomy education in schools in Penang and Malaysia.