Welcome to the AAS

Founded in 1923 and now with around 500 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 Auckland Observatory public programs.

2016 Harry Willians 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

Intro to Astronomy Aug - Life Cycle of Stars
Monday 01 Aug, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Peter Felhofer

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

Life Cycle of Stars

HR Diagram, Stellar Classification, e
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Intro to Astronomy Aug - Life Cycle of Stars
Monday 01 Aug, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Life Cycle of Stars

HR Diagram, Stellar Classification, etc.


Young Astronomers - Aug
Friday 05 Aug, 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 - Aug
Friday 05 Aug, 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.




Monthly Meeting Aug - Double Feature - Massive Stars & Quasars
Monday 08 Aug, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Mason Ng, Georgie Taylor & Anushka Kharbanda

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month we have a double feature:

What Massive Stars Can Tell Us About the Universe
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Monthly Meeting Aug - Double Feature - Massive Stars & Quasars
Monday 08 Aug, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month we have a double feature:

What Massive Stars Can Tell Us About the Universe

Mason Ng & Georgie Taylor

Stellar atmospheres are the interfaces from which we can determine what elements (and with what quantity) will be mixed into the interstellar medium. They give us a rare insight of the stars composition. In particular, we look at massive stars; they have at least 8 times the mass of the Sun. These objects are important as they expel a lot of material into the interstellar medium. By supposing a population of stars and combining with stellar evolution models, we can infer how the collective spectrum of a stellar population changes with time.

An increasingly accepted notion is that most stars are in binary systems; in particular, 70% of massive stars, our objects of focus, are in binaries (Sana et al.). BPASS is a unique astronomical code that incorporates massive binaries in modelling stellar populations. In our work, we have used the freeware WM-Basic to update the library of synthetic atmosphere spectra. We created over 1000 additional stellar atmosphere models with varying parameter sets (metallicity in particular). In this joint talk, we will discuss our results, their applications, and the current state of stellar population models.

The project was part of a Summer Research Scholarship with the Department of Physics of The University of Auckland.


Quasars

Anushka Kharbanda

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Practical Astronomy Aug - Astrophotography - Getting started.
Monday 15 Aug, 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 Aug - Astrophotography - Getting started.
Monday 15 Aug, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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


Astrophotography - Getting started.

This months talk is an introduction to astrophotography covering the methods and equipment needed to get started.


Astrophotography Group Aug -
Monday 15 Aug, 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 Aug -
Monday 15 Aug, 2016 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

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