Welcome to the AAS

Founded in 1923 and now with over 600 members, the Auckland Astronomical Society is one of New Zealand's largest

We are based at the Auckland Observatory and provide for all levels of interest and expertise in astronomy. We are committed to educating our members in the science of astronomy and to keeping them up-to-date with current astronomical developments and discoveries.

The Society members provide voluntary support for the Stardome Observatory public programs.


2017 Burbidge Dinner

Date: Saturday, 7th October 2017
Venue: Ellerslie Events Centre, Guineas 3 room
Start Time: 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Tickets:
$65 pp, earlybird price of $60.00 is available until 31st August. Includes a buffet dinner.
Ticket can be booked:
- by email at events@astronomy.org.nz
- by phone to Niven on 021 935 261 or Bill on 021 225 8175.

Our guest speaker this year is: Dr Meg Schwamb, Assistant Scientist at the Gemini Observatory's Northern Operations Center in Hilo, Hawai'i. Her talk will be:

Archaeology of the Outer Solar System

Pluto resides beyond Neptune orbiting in a sea of small icy bodies known as the Kuiper belt. These distant objects are truly the fossil relics left over after our Solar System's formation. Digging into the orbits, dynamics, and physical properties of these bodies, provides new insights and windows into the origins and past history of the outer Solar System. This includes hints of a possibly unseen planet, or an event long-since erased from the rest of the Solar System. In this talk, we'll explore the changing views of the outer Solar System from the discoveries of ground-based surveys to the New Horizons fly-by of the Pluto System.

This talk will not be technical and is suitable for a general audience.

Meg Schwamb is a planetary scientist and astronomer studying the bodies in our Solar System and beyond. She currently is an assistant scientist at the Gemini Observatory based in Hilo, Hawai'i. Meg's research focuses on how planets and their building blocks form and evolve, applying ground-based surveys to probe our Solar System's small body reservoirs. Later on this year, Meg will receive the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science from the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Science.

As well as our guest speaker there will be the prize giving for the Astrophotography Competition including the Harry Williams Trophy for the supreme winner, and the Beaumont Writing Prize. A spectacular venue, great meal, cash bar and ample free parking.


Upcoming Events

Extra Talk October - Eclipse Journeys
Monday 23 Oct, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

Solar Eclipse Journeys

A number of members were fortunate enough to travel
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Extra Talk October - Eclipse Journeys
Monday 23 Oct, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

Solar Eclipse Journeys

A number of members were fortunate enough to travel to the United States in August to view the Total Solar Eclipse.

This session will feature a number of mini-talks from some of these members telling the story of their journeys and eclipse experience.

Note: This session replaces film night this month.


Young Astronomers - Nov
Friday 03 Nov, 2017 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Matariki Room
Speaker/Host: Margaret Arthur

Young Astronomers is the session for our younger members, aged 6-13yrs.

Margaret leads an interactive session covering various current topics with plenty of question and answers.

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Young Astronomers - Nov
Friday 03 Nov, 2017 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Matariki Room

Young Astronomers is the session for our younger members, aged 6-13yrs.

Margaret leads an interactive session covering various current topics with plenty of question and answers.

There will be telescope viewing after the session if weather permits.




Intro to Astronomy - November
Monday 06 Nov, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Ankita Sharma

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic is:

Theory of General Relativity: Presented by Ankita Sharma
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Intro to Astronomy - November
Monday 06 Nov, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic is:

Theory of General Relativity: Presented by Ankita Sharma

Ankita is an Astrophysics graduate from the University of Auckland. She is now a member of the Auckland Astronomical Society, and will do a presentation on Albert Einsteins theory of General Relativity and how it relates to astronomy.    


Practical Astronomy Nov - Celestial Navigation
Monday 13 Nov, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Andrew Buckingham

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This months topic is on Celestial navigation!



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Practical Astronomy Nov - Celestial Navigation
Monday 13 Nov, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This months topic is on Celestial navigation!



Please note date change.



Monthly Meeting Nov -
Monday 20 Nov, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Ian Griffin

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. Please note the change of date. This month is:

Aurora Chas
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Monthly Meeting Nov -
Monday 20 Nov, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. Please note the change of date. This month is:

Aurora Chasing from Southern New Zealand

Ian will be sharing his experiences as an aurora chaser here in Southern New Zealand. Since arriving in Dunedin in May 2013, Ian has become a passionate chaser of the Southern Lights, which can be seen surprisingly often from here in Southern New Zealand. In just over 4 years Ian has taken over 300,000 photographs and seen some amazing displays. In the talk Ian will share advice about how to spot and photograph the aurora.

Ian will also talk about his experiences flying on NASA’s SOFIA Observatory last year, when he saw the aurora in a ten-hour flight out of Christchurch as they flew way south of New Zealand. The experience inspired Ian so much that he decided to charter an Air NZ plane and, as a result in March of this year, flew the first ever flight from Dunedin to view the Aurora Australis.

Ian Griffin is currently director of the Otago Museum.

The meeting will be followed by supper and telescope viewing (weather permitting)




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