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.
 

2015 Harry Williams Astrophotography Official Results

CLICK HERE to view the Official Results of the 2015 Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition


Upcoming Events

Monthly Meeting Feb - The Epic Story of the Cassini Mission to Saturn
Monday 08 Feb, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr. Carolyn Porco

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

In the Land of
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Monthly Meeting Feb - The Epic Story of the Cassini Mission to Saturn
Monday 08 Feb, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

In the Land of Enchantment: The Epic Story of the Cassini Mission to Saturn

Dr. Carolyn Porco
Imaging Team Leader for Cassini

Since 2004, Cassini has been exploring the giant planet Saturn, its magnificent ring system, and its intriguing moons. Dr. Porco shows us many of the magnificent mission images and explains the findings from both the main orbiter and the probe that landed on Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon. She also discusses the geysers on the moon Enceladus and what we have learned about the plumes that erupt.

Carolyn Porco is the director of the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS) and an adjunct professor in the astrophysical and planetary sciences department at the University of Colorado, Porco was an imaging scientist for the Voyager mission to the outer solar system in the 1980s, and is part of the imaging team for the New Horizons mission at Pluto. Her specialty is the study of planetary ring and moon interactions, and of the geysers on Saturn‘s moon, Enceladus. She has appeared frequently on national television news and documentaries, and was a consultant on the film Contact. In 2010, she was awarded the Carl Sagan Medal of the American Astronomical Society for Excellence in the Communication of Science to the Public, and in 2012, she was named one the 25 most influential people in space by Time Magazine

This talk is a rebroadcast of a Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture.

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


Practical Astronomy Feb - Telescopes and Mounts
Monday 15 Feb, 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:


Telescopes and Mounts
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Practical Astronomy Feb - Telescopes and Mounts
Monday 15 Feb, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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


Telescopes and Mounts

This month we will be reviewing the various types of telescopes and mounts commonly used by amateur astronomers. We will look at a basic explanation of telescope optics and the pros and cons of each type.


Astrophotography Group Feb -
Monday 15 Feb, 2016 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Keith Smith

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

Introduction to Astrophotograph
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Astrophotography Group Feb -
Monday 15 Feb, 2016 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Introduction to Astrophotography

A get together to see what we have accomplished, to bring any astrophotos that we want to show off to other members that we took over the holidays, and to plan what we hope to accomplish over the coming year.


Film Night February - Most Beautiful Planet in the Night Sky - Is Saturn Alive
Monday 22 Feb, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

An intriguing documentary on the planet Saturn and its moons. It covers Saturn’s atmosphere, ring structure, the possibly that there may be single cell life on its largest moon Titan and what unmanned ...more

Film Night February - Most Beautiful Planet in the Night Sky - Is Saturn Alive
Monday 22 Feb, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

An intriguing documentary on the planet Saturn and its moons. It covers Saturn’s atmosphere, ring structure, the possibly that there may be single cell life on its largest moon Titan and what unmanned space probes have revealed about the planet.

Film is about 1 hour long and will be followed by a Sky at Night show entitled “Second Earth” which covers the latest ideas on finding an earth like exo-planet (30 minutes).



Young Astronomers - Mar
Friday 04 Mar, 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 - Mar
Friday 04 Mar, 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.




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