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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 email@example.com
- 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