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.
 

2014 Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition Winners

A small movie of the official results of the 2014 Harry Williams Trophy Astrophotography Competition, it's best to watch in YouTube, turn the quality up to 1080p, let the movie load and enjoy.

http://youtu.be/cGXKjFGTG9g

4 Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition Entries

Please click on the link below to see a movie of all the entries submitted for the 2014 Harry Williams Trophy Astrophotography Competition which showcase some of the best astrophotographers in New Zealand. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2uqsmqRQdo

Upcoming Events

Young Astronomers - Mar
Friday 06 Mar, 2015 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Sun Room
Speaker/Host: Margaret Arthur

Young Astronomers is the session for our younger members, aged 6yrs upwards.

At 7pm Margaret Arthur leads an interactive session covering various current topics with plenty of question and
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Young Astronomers - Mar
Friday 06 Mar, 2015 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Sun Room

Young Astronomers is the session for our younger members, aged 6yrs upwards.

At 7pm Margaret Arthur leads an interactive session covering various current topics with plenty of question and answers.

At 8pm David Wardle will work with the older members of the group who are working on a range of research projects.

Members are welcome come to either or both session



Monthly Meeting March - Comets and Origins
Monday 09 Mar, 2015 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - Clément Plantureux

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month Clément Plantureu ...more

Monthly Meeting March - Comets and Origins
Monday 09 Mar, 2015 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month Clément Plantureux will give a presentation titled:

Comets and Origins

The talk will review the history of comet observations through to the development of the scientific understanding of their nature, including an overview of the latest discoveries of the Rosetta/Philae mission.


Clément studied Geosciences and remote sensing in France before completing a Bachelors degree in Astronomy at the University of Colorado, Boulder (USA). He is currently serving as an Intern at the Auckland Stardome while visiting New Zealand.



Astrophotography Group Mar -
Monday 16 Mar, 2015 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 Mar -
Monday 16 Mar, 2015 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Targets in the Autumn Skies.


Practical Astronomy Mar - The Autumn Night Sky
Monday 16 Mar, 2015 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 Autu
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Practical Astronomy Mar - The Autumn Night Sky
Monday 16 Mar, 2015 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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


The Autumn Night Sky

This month we have one of our seasonal planetarium sessions, where we will review the Autumn night sky. Weather permitting we will follow up the planetarium session with an outdoor sky tour and observing using the EWB Zeiss telescope and courtyard scopes. If the weather isnt suitable for observing we will screen a planetarium show.


Star Party: Observing Night
Saturday 21 Mar, 2015 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Arataki Visitor Center
Speaker/Host: Jonathan Green

There will be Telescope viewing and a Laser Pointer Sky Tour, members are also encouraged to bring along their Telescopes, a notice will be issued if the event has to be cancelled due to bad weat ...more

Star Party: Observing Night
Saturday 21 Mar, 2015 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Arataki Visitor Center

There will be Telescope viewing and a Laser Pointer Sky Tour, members are also encouraged to bring along their Telescopes, a notice will be issued if the event has to be cancelled due to bad weather.


View Our Other Upcoming Events
Astronz M-CWPW
Powerweight
Astronz K-SPNG
Stars and Planets - Nature Guide
Astronz K-YB2014
2014 NZ Astronomical Yearbook
Astronz F-29
Filter #29 Dark Red
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