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.