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 Burbidge Dinner  

The Auckland Astronomical Society invites members, friends and family to the 2016 Burbidge Dinner.

Our guest speaker this year is: Dr Doug Simons, Executive Director of the Canada-France-Hawai'i Telescope, Hawaii. His talk will be:
 

Perspictives on the Future of Maunakea

With the contention surrounding Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT), future observatory construction and deconstruction plans, and a new Master Lease under consideration for the summit of Maunakea, this unique and sacred site is at an incredible intersection of visions, beliefs, and frontiers. This presentation explores many of the facets of Maunakea, where earth meets sky in the Hawaiian archipelago, ranging from its cultural and religious importance to the phenomenal discoveries made through observations from the Maunakea Observatories. Can a lasting and widely accepted vision for the future of Maunakea emerge from these disparate views? The answer isn't etched in the sky or echo from the past, but is ultimately found within ourselves

This talk will not be technical and is suitable for a general audience.

Doug Simons received his B.S. in astronomy at the California Institute of Technology in 1985, and his Ph.D. in astronomy at the University of Hawai'i in 1990, before working as a staff astronomer at the Canada-France-Hawai'i Telescope (CFHT) for 4 years. Doug joined the Gemini 8m Telescope Project in May of 1994 as the Systems Scientist, then managed Geminis instrument development program for 5 years before becoming Gemini Observatory's Director from 2006-2011. Doug returned to CFHT in 2012 where he now serves as Executive Director. Principal areas of interest include infrared instrumentation and studies of the Galactic center, low mass stars, and star formation regions.

 
As well as our guest speaker there will be the prize giving for the Astrophotography Competition including the Harry Williams Trophy for the supreme winner, and the Beaumont Writing Prize.

A spectacular venue, great meal, cash bar and ample free parking

Date:        Saturday, 8th October 2016
Venue:  Alexandra Park, Epsom
Start Time:  7:00pm
Tickets:       $60 per person.
                     Includes a buffet dinner.

Ticket can be booked:
          - on the Astronz website at https://www.astronz.nz/shop/item.aspx/2016-burbidge-dinner/166/
          - by email at events@astronomy.org.nz
          - by phone on 09 473 5877

Youtube Movie of all the Entries

Youtube movie of all the entries in the 2016 Harry Williams Astrophotography competition, which is New Zealand's largest annual Astrophotography competition and is organised by the Auckland Astronomical Society.

The winners and highly commended entries are to be announced at the 2016 Burbidge Dinner on the 8th of October at Alexandra Park in Epsom (tickets available from the ASTRONZ website). As in years past the best way to view the movie is to open it up in youtube and set the quality to 1080p and watch in full screen mode. 

Again I know the soundtrack will probably not be to everybody's taste so feel free to hit the mute sound button if it's annoying you I won't be insulted, also you can pause the movie at any time to take a longer look at any particular image.

Anyway I hope you enjoy the movie, certainly some of the best Astrophotography in New Zealand is on display in this movie and this years judge Phil Plait will have his work cut out for him selecting the winning images.

The 2016 Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition

Upcoming Events

Intro to Astronomy Oct - Introduction to Spectroscopy
Monday 03 Oct, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bernie Brenner

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

Introduction to Spectroscopy

An introduction to Spectrosc
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Intro to Astronomy Oct - Introduction to Spectroscopy
Monday 03 Oct, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Introduction to Spectroscopy

An introduction to Spectroscopy including a short history and tips on building your own spectroscope.


Young Astronomers - Oct
Friday 07 Oct, 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 - Oct
Friday 07 Oct, 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.




2016 Burbidge Dinner
Saturday 08 Oct, 2016 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Alexandra Park
Speaker/Host: Dr Doug Simons

The Auckland Astronomical Society invites members, friends and family to the 2016 Burbidge Dinner.

Our guest speaker this year is: ...more


2016 Burbidge Dinner
Saturday 08 Oct, 2016 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Alexandra Park

The Auckland Astronomical Society invites members, friends and family to the 2016 Burbidge Dinner.

Our guest speaker this year is: Dr Doug Simons, Executive Director of the Canada-France- Hawai‘i Telescope, Hawaii. His talk will be:
 

Perspectives on the Future of Maunakea

With the contention surrounding Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT), future observatory construction and deconstruction plans, and a new Master Lease under consideration for the summit of Maunakea, this unique and sacred site is at an incredible intersection of visions, beliefs, and frontiers. This presentation explores many of the facets of Maunakea, where earth meets sky in the Hawaiian archipelago, ranging from its cultural and religious importance to the phenomenal discoveries made through observations from the Maunakea Observatories. Can a lasting and widely accepted vision for the future of Maunakea emerge from these disparate views? The answer isn’t etched in the sky or echo from the past, but is ultimately found within ourselves
This talk will not be technical and is suitable for a general audience.

Doug Simons received his B.S. in astronomy at the California Institute of Technology in 1985, and his Ph.D. in astronomy at the University of Hawai‘i in 1990, before working as a staff astronomer at the Canada-France- Hawai‘i Telescope (CFHT) for 4 years. Doug joined the Gemini 8 m Telescope Project in May of 1994 as the Systems Scientist, then managed Geminis instrument development program for 5 years before becoming Gemini Observatory’s Director from 2006-2011. Doug returned to CFHT in 2012 where he now serves as Executive Director. Principal areas of interest include infrared instrumentation and studies of the Galactic center, low mass stars, and star formation regions.

 
As well as our guest speaker there will be the prize giving for the Astrophotography Competition including the Harry Williams Trophy for the supreme winner, and the Beaumont Writing Prize.

A spectacular venue, great meal, cash bar and ample free parking

 

Date:        Saturday, 8th October 2016
Venue:  Alexandra Park, Epsom
Start Time:  7:00pm
Tickets:       $60 per person, AAS members earlybird price of $55.00 is available until 31st August.
                     Includes a buffet dinner.

 

Please contact us for more information.




Monthly Meeting Oct - Discoveries in the Fundamental Nature of Space
Monday 10 Oct, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Doug Simons

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

Discoveries in the Fundamental Nature of Space

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Monthly Meeting Oct - Discoveries in the Fundamental Nature of Space
Monday 10 Oct, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Discoveries in the Fundamental Nature of Space

Doug Simons
Director, Canada-France-Hawai‘i Telescope 

Our perception of the universe is biased toward things we can detect, large or small. In astronomy, centuries of scientific research are founded upon the study of stars, galaxies, interstellar gas, planets, and other celestial objects – things we can detect. This voyage of discovery has left us with a remarkable understanding of the realm we live in, but is it really complete? The overwhelming majority of the universe is cold dark space and is thought to be little interest compared to the objects to which we ascribe our knowledge of the universe. Thanks to advances in astronomy and high energy physics, we are gaining a new appreciation for the fundamental nature of the space that connects everything. Through telescopes to probe the largest objects in the universe and particle accelerators to probe the smallest, we are beginning to come full circle, and appreciate the importance of the space between

Doug Simons received his B.S. in astronomy at the California Institute of Technology in 1985, and his Ph.D. in astronomy at the University of Hawai‘i in 1990, before working as a staff astronomer at the Canada-France- Hawai‘i Telescope (CFHT) for 4 years. Doug joined the Gemini 8 m Telescope Project in May of 1994 as the Systems Scientist, then managed Geminis instrument development program for 5 years before becoming Gemini Observatory’s Director from 2006-2011. Doug returned to CFHT in 2012 where he now serves as Executive Director. Principal areas of interest include infrared instrumentation and studies of the Galactic center, low mass stars, and star formation regions.

The meeting will be followed by a supper and telescope viewing (weather permitting)


Astrophotography Group Oct -
Monday 17 Oct, 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 Oct -
Monday 17 Oct, 2016 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

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Practical Astronomy Oct -
Monday 17 Oct, 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 Oct -
Monday 17 Oct, 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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