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 Competition

Calling all Astrophotographers, it's that time of year again, time to get your entries in for the 2016 Harry Williams Astrophotography competition, this year we are very lucky to have Phil Plait  the "Bad Astronomer"  as our judge,  Phil is best known for debunking misconceptions in Astronomy but is also a well known Astrophotography enthusiast,  he received his PHD in Astronomy at the University of Virginia in 1994, during the 1990s, Plait worked with the COBE satellite and later was part of the Hubble Space Telescope team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, working largely on the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph. In 1995, he published observations of a ring of circumstellar material around a supernova (SN 1987A), which led to further study of explosion mechanisms in core-collapse supernovae.
 
This year the Solar System and Miscellaneous / Artistic categories will be sponsored by the Australian Sky and Telescope magazine, winners of these two categories will receive a 12 month subscription to the magazine as well as a cash prize,  in addition to the usual Auckland Astronomical Society certificate all entries that either win a category or are highly commended will also have their image printed in the Australian Sky and Telescope magazine, further prizes and sponsors to be announced soon.
 
This year, the entries to the Harry Williams Astrophotography competition must be in by the 31st of August, so please don't delay to get those entries in, as we can't accept late entries, the winners of the competition will be announced at the Auckland Astronomical Societies annual Burbidge Dinner, the date and venue are yet to be confirmed, we are looking forward to seeing all your entries and good luck with the competition.

Upcoming Events

Young Astronomers - Sep
Friday 02 Sep, 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 - Sep
Friday 02 Sep, 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.




Dark Sky Observing Night
Friday 02 Sep, 2016 at 17:00Hrs
Venue: Maramarua
Speaker/Host: Niven Brown

Dark Sky Observing Night

Saturday 3rd Sep
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Dark Sky Observing Night
Friday 02 Sep, 2016 at 17:00Hrs
Venue: Maramarua

Dark Sky Observing Night

Saturday 3rd September from 5pm onwards

We have scheduled a Dark Sky Observing night this Saturday evening at a new venue on the south side of Auckland. The observing nights are a great opportunity to explore and learn the night sky. Bring your own telescope or there will be plenty of others to look through if you do not have one available.
The site is hosted by Doug Foster and has a small farmhouse with power available and a gravelled area for parking/telescope set up. Sunset is about 6pm

Venue:
     308 Monument Road
     Maramarua
     Set 3 km off SH 2 (turn left just after the Red Fox Tavern at Maramarua)

The event is weather dependent. If we need to cancel an email will be sent and the AAS website will be updated by 3pm on Saturday.

For more information contact Niven Brown on 021 935 261 or email events@astronomy.org.nz



Intro to Astronomy Sep - Cosmology 101
Monday 05 Sep, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Peter Felhofer

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

Cosmology 101

This month we are starting from the beginni
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Intro to Astronomy Sep - Cosmology 101
Monday 05 Sep, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Cosmology 101

This month we are starting from the beginning, with the primordial atom and the Big Bang Theory. 

Of all scientific theories this one is possibly most misunderstood in the public arena.  The complexity plays a factor in this, but also the words we use in describing it are often wrong or misleading.

I will cover the key points before opening the floor to questions.  Lets correct some misconceptions and get a good grip on the fundamentals involved.


Monthly Meeting Sep - Life, the Universe and Something
Monday 12 Sep, 2016 at 19:30Hrs
Venue: Lecture Theatre WG403, AUT City Campus
Speaker/Host: Br. Guy Consolmagno, Dr Faith Vilas, Prof. Steve Pointing

This month we have a special event with several international speakers

Life, the Universe and Something: Is there something else out there?
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Monthly Meeting Sep - Life, the Universe and Something
Monday 12 Sep, 2016 at 19:30Hrs
Venue: Lecture Theatre WG403, AUT City Campus

This month we have a special event with several international speakers

Life, the Universe and Something: Is there something else out there?

Panel:
     Dr Faith Vilas, Senior Scientist, Planetary Science Institute, USA
     Br. Guy Consolmagno, PhD, Director of the Vatican Observatory
     Prof. Steve Pointing, Director of the Institute of Applied Ecology New Zealand

Moderator:
     Dr Niven Brown, Special Events Coordinator, Auckland Astronomical Society

Following on from the No Barriers – Small Island, Big Ideas event: β€œIs there life out there?” on Great Barrier Island, this event will explore some of the big questions that science works to answer by looking out to the stars and in to the Earth. How did life start? What does astronomy teach us about the origins of life or the possibility of life elsewhere? And is there something more to the Universe?
The format for the evening will be a moderated panel discussion followed by Q&A. As this event is open to the public, please register your attendance at the below link.

Location:
     Lecture Theatre WG403, Sir Paul Reeves Building
     AUT City Campus
     Mayoral Drive, Auckland Central

Hosted by the Auckland Astronomical Society in association with Awana Rural Women and AUT University

Free tickets can be booked at:
     http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2016/life-the-universe-and-something/auckland

Please note the change in venue and start time.


Practical Astronomy Sep -
Monday 19 Sep, 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:


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Practical Astronomy Sep -
Monday 19 Sep, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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


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

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

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