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.


2016 Harry Williams Astrophotography Contest -  Movie of all the Entries

Youtube movie of all the entries in the 2016 Harry Williams Astrophotography competition, which is New Zealand's largest annual Astrophotography competition and is organised by the Auckland Astronomical Society.

The winners and highly commended entries are to be announced at the 2016 Burbidge Dinner on the 8th of October at Alexandra Park in Epsom (tickets available from the ASTRONZ website). As in years past the best way to view the movie is to open it up in youtube and set the quality to 1080p and watch in full screen mode. 

Again I know the soundtrack will probably not be to everybody's taste so feel free to hit the mute sound button if it's annoying you I won't be insulted, also you can pause the movie at any time to take a longer look at any particular image.

Anyway I hope you enjoy the movie, certainly some of the best Astrophotography in New Zealand is on display in this movie and this years judge Phil Plait will have his work cut out for him selecting the winning images.

The 2016 Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition

Upcoming Events

Monthly Meeting Dec - Chasing Galaxies Across Cosmic Time
Monday 05 Dec, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr Elizabeth Stanway

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:

Chasing Galaxies Across Cosmic Time

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Monthly Meeting Dec - Chasing Galaxies Across Cosmic Time
Monday 05 Dec, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:

Chasing Galaxies Across Cosmic Time

The human urge to explore has always driven us to investigate frontiers and seek out new sights. As technology advances, opening new windows into the Universe, we are now able to do this on a cosmic scale. The observational frontier has been driven back drastically over the last 10-15 years, allowing us to measure and interpret galaxies that were unknown to us just a few years before. In doing so, we have learnt many things about the birth and development of stellar populations across cosmic time, and about how they merge and interact, gradually forming complex systems like the Milky Way in which we dwell. In this talk, I will discuss cutting edge research in the area of galaxy evolution and explore the processes that both form and can ultimately destroy galaxies in the Universe.

Dr Elizabeth Stanway attained a PhD in Observational Cosmology from the University of Cambridge in the UK, before going on to work as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) and the University of Bristol (UK). Her research into distant galaxies and their local counterparts has involved obtaining and analysing data from some of the world’s largest observatories, across a broad range of wavelengths, and more recently has led to a close collaboration with Dr J J Eldridge at the University of Auckland, generating computational models to interpret these galaxies. She is now an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick in the UK, where she has held a permanent position since 2011

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Young Astronomers - Dec
Monday 12 Dec, 2016 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Sun 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 - Dec
Monday 12 Dec, 2016 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Sun 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.

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Astrophotography Group Dec -
Monday 12 Dec, 2016 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Keith Smith

The Astrophotography Group discusses the practical aspects of astrophotography. This months topic is:

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Astrophotography Group Dec -
Monday 12 Dec, 2016 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

The Astrophotography Group discusses the practical aspects of astrophotography. This months topic is:

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Practical Astronomy Dec - The Summer Night Sky
Monday 12 Dec, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

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


The Summer Night Sky
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Practical Astronomy Dec - The Summer Night Sky
Monday 12 Dec, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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


The Summer Night Sky

This will be a planetarium session, where we will review the summer constellations and popular deep sky objects. If the weather is clear we will continue with telescope viewing and a guided tour under the real sky.

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Film Night December - The Mars Underground
Monday 19 Dec, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

The Mars Underground is a film about the battle of ideas about human travel and future colonisation of Mars. Although it is scientifically based it has some very futuristic ideas and concepts.

This film is 1 hour 14 minutes long and will be the only film shown on the night.



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