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.


The 2017 Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition

Calling all Astrophotographers, the 2017 Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition is now open for entries, this year our judge is world-renowned planetary photographer Damian Peach, in 2010, Damian became the only Briton to win the prestigious Astronomy Photographer Of The Year Award for his composite photograph of Jupiter's moons, Ganymede and Io, orbiting the stormy surface of the Gas Giant.

Damian is arguably the worlds most well known planetary photographer, his high resolution images of the planets have been compared in quality to the kind of images captured by orbiting spacecraft! So we are truly lucky to have Damian on board as our judge for this years competition.

As in previous years we are lucky to have Australian Sky & Telescope on board as sponsors of both the Solar System category and the Miscellaneous / Artistic category, the winners of these categories will receive a one year subscription to the magazine as well as the usual cash prize. More sponsors to be announced soon.

The competition cutoff date is the 31st of August and the competition awards will be announced at the annual Burbidge dinner which is the Society's premier annual event, keep an eye out on the society website for details on the forthcoming Burbidge dinner.

Looking forward to seeing all your images and wishing you all clear skies.

Download the Competition Entry Form

Download the Conditions of Entry

Upcoming Events

Young Astronomers - Jun
Friday 02 Jun, 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 - Jun
Friday 02 Jun, 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 - June
Monday 05 Jun, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

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

Galaxies III: The Structure of the Milky Way Galaxy ...more

Intro to Astronomy - June
Monday 05 Jun, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Galaxies III: The Structure of the Milky Way Galaxy

Presented by Chris Benton, this is the third of a six part series covering the essentials of galaxies, a very important part of astronomy. Topics will include

·        A brief summary of main points covered in Galaxies I and II.

o  Variable Stars to measure galactic distances

o  Hubble Classification of Galaxies

o  Dimensions of the Milky Way

o  Emission, Reflection and Dark Nebulae

o  Open Star Clusters

·        Main components of the Milky Way

·        Globular Clusters and what they tell us about the Milky Way

·        Spiral Arms and Pressure Density Waves

·        The Super Massive Black Hole at the centre of the Milky Way

It will be comprised of a 30 to 40 minute discussion, followed by a 30 minute pre-recorded documentary lecture from Professor Alex Filippenko of the University of California, USA. Both the discussion and lecture compliment each other, and will aim to impart:

·        Principles of Galaxies

·        Principles of relevant General Astronomy

The comprehensive four page handout titled "The Milky Way In A Nutshell" brings together the main points from both talks on the Milky Way galaxy, Galaxies II and Galaxies III.They will be available on both nights.

Whether you are a beginner or a more knowledgeable member of the society, you will not be disappointed. Come and explore the universe together! 



Monthly Meeting Jun -
Monday 12 Jun, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - Willem van Straten

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

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Monthly Meeting Jun -
Monday 12 Jun, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

From Radio Pulsars to Fast Radio Bursts

The discovery of radio pulsars was an unexpected outcome of a survey designed to study the interplanetary scintillation of quasars.  Decades later, surveys for radio pulsars serendipitously discovered a new class of signals that has proven to be much more difficult to explain.  Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) have the potential to enable unprecedented measurements of our Universe on cosmological scales and they are driving the design of the next generation of radio observatories, such as the Square Kilometre Array.  However, we currently dont know what they are, and microwave ovens produce signals that are annoyingly similar.  After reviewing the brief history of this developing field, I will discuss recent progress and outline some of the next steps that could benefit from engagement with the community of amateur optical astronomers.

Willem van Straten is a Senior Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology and he is currently leading the development of the pulsar timing instrumentation for the Square Kilometre Array.  His research interests include using pulsars to test our understanding of gravity and to detect low-frequency graviational waves, searching for new pulsars and radio transients, and developing new statistical models and techniques to extract more information from noisy radio signals.







Practical Astronomy Jun - The Winter Night Sky
Monday 19 Jun, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

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


The Winter Night Sky
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Practical Astronomy Jun - The Winter Night Sky
Monday 19 Jun, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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


The Winter Night Sky

This will be one of our seasonal Planetarium sessions. We will use the Planetarium to explore the Winter Night Sky. This is a great way to improve your knowledge of the Winter constellations and learn about some of the deep sky objects to be found in them.

Weather permitting we will follow the Planetarium session with an outside sky tour and telescope viewing. Otherwise we will play a short Planetarium show.



Film Night June -
Monday 26 Jun, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This Months documentary is:

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Film Night June -
Monday 26 Jun, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

This Months documentary is:

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Universe - The Definitive Visual Guide
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