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

It is now that time of year again for submissions to our 2014 Harry Williams Astrophotography competition  Please download the entry form and conditions of entry form below which contain instructions for your entries  This competition is open to all New Zealand residents  Competition entries are due by Monday 20th October 2014


Click Here to download the competition entry form

Click Here to download the conditions of entry form

Upcoming Events

Film Night October - Understanding Light
Monday 27 Oct, 2014 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

From the new Cosmos Series it covers the history of mans understanding of light from the ancient world to the modern era.

Film is 50 minutes long and will be followed by the October Sky at Night show called "Ice Giants". It also contains a piece on how to do Planetary Astrophotography (30 minutes long).  



Practical Astronomy Nov -
Monday 03 Nov, 2014 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

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

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Practical Astronomy Nov -
Monday 03 Nov, 2014 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

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Young Astronomers - Nov
Friday 07 Nov, 2014 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 - Nov
Friday 07 Nov, 2014 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



2014 Burbidge Dinner
Saturday 08 Nov, 2014 at 18:30Hrs
Venue: Commerce Club of Auckland
Speaker/Host: Prof. Clive Ruggles

2014 Burbidge Dinner

The Society invites members, partners and friends to
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2014 Burbidge Dinner
Saturday 08 Nov, 2014 at 18:30Hrs
Venue: Commerce Club of Auckland

2014 Burbidge Dinner

The Society invites members, partners and friends to the 2014 Burbidge Dinner.

The Burbidge Speaker this year is:
        Prof Clive Ruggles
        Emeritus Professor of Archaeoastronomy, University of Leicester, UK.


His talk will be: 

Whatever happened to the ancient observatories?

Ever since Alexander Thom made "megalithic observatories" famous in Britain in the 1960s and 1970, people all over the world began to identify ancient observatory sites in their own countries, often built long before written history. These monuments not only bore witness to ancient peoples deep interest in the skies but also, as it seemed, to the sophistication of ancient knowledge. Yet some supposed ancient observatories were undoubtedly more convincing as such than others, and archaeologists were generally highly sceptical. In recent years, archaeoastronomers have tended to avoid speaking of ancient observatories at all. What changed? If these sites werent ancient observatories what were they? And does this mean that ancient people were not as sophisticated, or as interested in the skies, as we thought? Clive shall address these questions using examples from Britain, Peru, China, and elsewhere.


The evening will include the presentation of the Beaumont prize for the best article written in the Journal by a member and the Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition including presentation of the Harry Williams Trophy.

The Burbidge Dinner is always a fun night and a major event in the Societys calendar. We encourage all members to come along for an enjoyable evening.

Venue:
        The Commerce Club of Auckland
        27-33 Ohinerau Street
        Remuera

Tickets:
        Tickets are $45.00 per person and include a buffet diner.
        There will be a cash bar available

        Tickets are available from Oana Jones. Please book by email at events@astronomy.org.nz or phone 09 634 1409


Monthly Meeting Nov - Monuments Tied to the Sky: The Controversial Heritage of Ancient Astronomy
Monday 10 Nov, 2014 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Prof. Clive Ruggles

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

Monuments Tied to the Sky: The Controversial Heritage of Ancient Astronomy
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Monthly Meeting Nov - Monuments Tied to the Sky: The Controversial Heritage of Ancient Astronomy
Monday 10 Nov, 2014 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Monuments Tied to the Sky: The Controversial Heritage of Ancient Astronomy

In todays brightly lit world it is all too easy to forget just how overwhelming the dark night sky would have been to human societies in the past. It was a prominent part of the environment that was impossible to ignore. The objects and cycles seen in the sky were vital to people striving to make sense of the world within which they dwelt and to keep their actions in harmony with the cosmos as they perceived it. Around the world, spectacular ancient monuments ­ as well as many that are not quite so spectacular ­ provide us with tantaliising glimpses of long lost beliefs and practices relating to the sky. But they have to be interpreted with considerable caution, and because of this many of the worlds most famous ancient astronomy sites are actual highly controversial. This makes it all the more difficult for bodies such as UNESCO and International Astronomical Union who are concerned to preserve and protect the most valuable heritage of ancient astronomy around the planet. In this talk I will describe some of the worlds better known and less well known monuments monuments related to astronomy, but also some deconstruct some of the myths surrounding others - including some of the best known of all.


Professor Clive Ruggles is Emeritus Professor of Archaeoastronomy at University of Leicester in the UK.
Clives research interests centre upon peoples interests in, perceptions of, and uses of the sky and celestial objects in various social contexts. These topics are encapsulated in the fields of study that have become known as archaeastronomy and ethnoastronomy. In 1999 Clive was appointed Professor of Archaeoastronomy within the School, apparently the first such post in the world. He has worked in many parts of the world and published numerous books, papers and articles on subjects ranging from prehistoric Europe and pre-Columbian America to indigenous astronomies in Africa and elsewhere. He is editor-in-chief of the 3-volume Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy, a definitive source on theory, method and practice over the entire field, published by Springer in 2014. He has ongoing fieldwork projects in Polynesia and Peru and co-ordinates, on behalf of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), a joint initiative by UNESCO and the IAU working to promote, preserve, and protect the worlds most important astronomical heritage sites.


All members are welcome. The meeting will be followed by supper and telescope viewing (weather permitting).


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