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

Film Night July -
Monday 24 Jul, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Alastair Emerson

This Months documentary is:

Quatum Theory

Quantum Theory  - an easy to follow explanation of Quantum
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Film Night July -
Monday 24 Jul, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

This Months documentary is:

Quatum Theory

Quantum Theory  - an easy to follow explanation of Quantum Theory from leading academics with great illustrative examples.

We will also screen a recent Sky at Night episode


Young Astronomers - Aug
Friday 04 Aug, 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 - Aug
Friday 04 Aug, 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 - August
Monday 07 Aug, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Peter Felhofer

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic, given by Peter Felhofer is:

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Intro to Astronomy - August
Monday 07 Aug, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic, given by Peter Felhofer is:

 Telescopes – The telescopes being built today promise to reveal ten times as much about the Universe as we’ve learnt in the past 400 years since Galileo.  Not only will professional researchers benefit, but amateurs will be able to access many of the databases to conduct their own research.  We’ll take a quick tour of the major projects and look at their instrumentation and operational parameters along with their primary science objectives.
This will be followed by another talk:

Gravitational Waves: Heartbeats of the universe

Gravitational waves were predicted by Einstein from his general theory of relativity. Now, for the first time, these ripples in the fabric of space-time arising from cataclysmic events in the distant universe have been detected arriving at Earth. An new realm of information is now available as if we were a deaf person suddenly gaining the ability to hear sound. Were going to hear more things, some expected and, no doubt, some very surprising. This unique window onto the cosmos heralds a new era in our understanding of the universe. ​

Speaker: Dr Eyal Schwartz, physics department, university of Otago, Dodd-Walls centre for photonic and quantum technologies



Monthly Meeting Aug -
Monday 14 Aug, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
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The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:

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Monthly Meeting Aug -
Monday 14 Aug, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

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Practical Astronomy Aug -
Monday 21 Aug, 2017 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 -
Monday 21 Aug, 2017 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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