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.


2017 Burbidge Dinner

Date: Saturday, 7th October 2017
Venue: Ellerslie Events Centre, Guineas 3 room
Start Time: 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Tickets:
$65 pp, earlybird price of $60.00 is available until 31st August. Includes a buffet dinner.
Ticket can be booked:
- by email at events@astronomy.org.nz
- by phone to Niven on 021 935 261 or Bill on 021 225 8175.

Our guest speaker this year is: Dr Meg Schwamb, Assistant Scientist at the Gemini Observatory's Northern Operations Center in Hilo, Hawai'i. Her talk will be:

Archaeology of the Outer Solar System

Pluto resides beyond Neptune orbiting in a sea of small icy bodies known as the Kuiper belt. These distant objects are truly the fossil relics left over after our Solar System's formation. Digging into the orbits, dynamics, and physical properties of these bodies, provides new insights and windows into the origins and past history of the outer Solar System. This includes hints of a possibly unseen planet, or an event long-since erased from the rest of the Solar System. In this talk, we'll explore the changing views of the outer Solar System from the discoveries of ground-based surveys to the New Horizons fly-by of the Pluto System.

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

Meg Schwamb is a planetary scientist and astronomer studying the bodies in our Solar System and beyond. She currently is an assistant scientist at the Gemini Observatory based in Hilo, Hawai'i. Meg's research focuses on how planets and their building blocks form and evolve, applying ground-based surveys to probe our Solar System's small body reservoirs. Later on this year, Meg will receive the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science from the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Science.

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.


Upcoming Events

Film Night September - Venus A Quest.
Monday 25 Sep, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Alastair Emerson

This Months documentary is:

Venus A Quest

Dylan Horrocks, the noted graphic novelist (Hicksville), explor
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Film Night September - Venus A Quest.
Monday 25 Sep, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

This Months documentary is:

Venus A Quest

Dylan Horrocks, the noted graphic novelist (Hicksville), explores his family connection to the English astronomer who observed the transit of Venus in 1639. A personable, pro-science doco, dedicated to Sir Paul Callaghan.


Intro to Astronomy - October
Monday 02 Oct, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

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

Galaxies VI: Galactic Centr
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Intro to Astronomy - October
Monday 02 Oct, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Galaxies VI: Galactic Centres: Supermassive Black Holes & Active Galactic Nuclei

Presented by Chris Benton, this is the sixth of a six part series covering the essentials of galaxies, a very important part of astronomy. Topics will cover the exciting events that occur in the centre of all moderately sized and large galaxies.

It will be comprised of a 30 to 40 minute discussion, followed by a 30 minute pre-recorded documentary lecture from Professor David M. Meyer of Northwestern University, USA. 

·        Principles of Galaxies

·        Principles of relevant General Astronomy

A handout outlining all the key messages will be available.

Whether you are a beginner or a more knowledgeable member of the society, you will not be disappointed. Come and explore the universe together! 



Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lecture 2017
Friday 06 Oct, 2017 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: University of Auckland - OGGB4
Speaker/Host: Dr Natalie Batalha

Public lecture by Dr Natalie Batalha
 
A Planet for Goldilocks: The Search for Evidence of Life Beyond Earth
 
"Not too hot, not too cold" begins the prescripti
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Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lecture 2017
Friday 06 Oct, 2017 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: University of Auckland - OGGB4

Public lecture by Dr Natalie Batalha
 
A Planet for Goldilocks: The Search for Evidence of Life Beyond Earth
 
"Not too hot, not too cold" begins the prescription for a world thats just right for life as we know it.  Finding evidence of life beyond Earth is one of the primary goals of science agencies around the world, thanks in large part to NASAs Kepler Mission which launched in 2009 with the objective of finding Goldilocks planets orbiting other stars like our Sun. The space telescope opened our eyes to the terrestrial-sized planets that populate the galaxy as well as exotic worlds unlike anything that exists in the solar system.  Dr. Batalha will give an overview of the science legacy of the Kepler Mission and preview of future missions now on the drawing board.
 
Natalie Batalha is an astrophysicist at NASA Ames Research Center and the project scientist for NASAs Kepler Mission. She holds a PhD in astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and is one of the leading scientists in the search for planets outside our own solar system.  In 2011 Batalha led the team responsible for the discovery Kepler-10b, the missions first confirmation of a rocky planet outside our solar system and in 2017 she was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential people.
 
7.00pm Friday 6 October
Lecture theatre OGGB4
Level 0, Owen G Glenn Building
The University of Auckland
12 Grafton Road.
 
Hosted by the Department of Physics, University of Auckland, the Auckland Astronomical Society and the Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lecture Trust

Please register for this free event at nataliebatalha.eventbrite.co.nz


Young Astronomers - Oct
Friday 06 Oct, 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 - Oct
Friday 06 Oct, 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.




Burbidge Dinner 2017
Saturday 07 Oct, 2017 at 18:30Hrs
Venue: Ellerslie Events Center - Guineas 3
Speaker/Host: - Dr Meg Schwamb

2017 Burbidge Dinner

Date: Saturday, 7th October 2017
Venue: Ellerslie Events Centre, Guineas 3 room
Start Time: 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Tickets:
$65 pp,&nbs
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Burbidge Dinner 2017
Saturday 07 Oct, 2017 at 18:30Hrs
Venue: Ellerslie Events Center - Guineas 3

2017 Burbidge Dinner

Date: Saturday, 7th October 2017
Venue: Ellerslie Events Centre, Guineas 3 room
Start Time: 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Tickets:
$65 pp,  Includes a buffet dinner.
Ticket can be booked:
- by email at events@astronomy.org.nz
- by phone to Niven on 021 935 261 or Bill on 021 225 8175.

Our guest speaker this year is: Dr Meg Schwamb, Assistant Scientist at the Gemini Observatorys Northern Operations Center in Hilo, Hawaii. Her talk will be:

Archaeology of the Outer Solar System

Pluto resides beyond Neptune orbiting in a sea of small icy bodies known as the Kuiper belt. These distant objects are truly the fossil relics left over after our Solar Systems formation. Digging into the orbits, dynamics, and physical properties of these bodies, provides new insights and windows into the origins and past history of the outer Solar System. This includes hints of a possibly unseen planet, or an event long-since erased from the rest of the Solar System. In this talk, well explore the changing views of the outer Solar System from the discoveries of ground-based surveys to the New Horizons fly-by of the Pluto System.

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

Meg Schwamb is a planetary scientist and astronomer studying the bodies in our Solar System and beyond. She currently is an assistant scientist at the Gemini Observatory based in Hilo, Hawaii. Megs research focuses on how planets and their building blocks form and evolve, applying ground-based surveys to probe our Solar Systems small body reservoirs. Later on this year, Meg will receive the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science from the American Astronomical Societys Division for Planetary Science.

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.


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