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.




Upcoming Events

Monthly Meeting Nov -
Monday 20 Nov, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Ian Griffin

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. Please note the change of date. This month is:

Aurora Chas
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Monthly Meeting Nov -
Monday 20 Nov, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. Please note the change of date. This month is:

Aurora Chasing from Southern New Zealand

Ian will be sharing his experiences as an aurora chaser here in Southern New Zealand. Since arriving in Dunedin in May 2013, Ian has become a passionate chaser of the Southern Lights, which can be seen surprisingly often from here in Southern New Zealand. In just over 4 years Ian has taken over 300,000 photographs and seen some amazing displays. In the talk Ian will share advice about how to spot and photograph the aurora.

Ian will also talk about his experiences flying on NASA’s SOFIA Observatory last year, when he saw the aurora in a ten-hour flight out of Christchurch as they flew way south of New Zealand. The experience inspired Ian so much that he decided to charter an Air NZ plane and, as a result in March of this year, flew the first ever flight from Dunedin to view the Aurora Australis.

Ian Griffin is currently director of the Otago Museum.

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




Film Night November -
Monday 27 Nov, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This Months documentary is:

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Film Night November -
Monday 27 Nov, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

This Months documentary is:

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Young Astronomers - Dec
Friday 01 Dec, 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 - Dec
Friday 01 Dec, 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.




Intro to Astronomy - December
Monday 04 Dec, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

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

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Intro to Astronomy - December
Monday 04 Dec, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Quiz Night:

A fun evening, with multiple choice questions related to topics covered during the year. After each question, a short discussion around the topic will be held, to highlight key messages.

A new part of  the Introduction to Astronomy series will also be presented! Titled "What Made News In 2017!", some interesting points of discussion related to astronomy stories that made news during the year will be raised.

Both parts are a fun and great way to learn.

See you all there!




Monthly Meeting Dec -
Monday 11 Dec, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - Professor John Hearnshaw

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:
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Monthly Meeting Dec -
Monday 11 Dec, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Key developments and discoveries in stellar spectroscopy during the last three decades of the 20th century

In the first part of the talk Professor Hearnshaw will present a short primer on the basics of stellar spectroscopy, including what it is and the sort of observations and results it is able to obtain on stars. These include the measurement of stellar temperatures, velocities, rotation rates, pressures and element abundances.

Next he will discuss some key instrumental developments that transformed the practice of stellar spectroscopy from about 1970.

Finally he will describe how these instrumental advances in turn have led to major new discoveries over the last 30 years of the 20th century, and will list and discuss these major discoveries that have resulted in a revolution in our understanding of stars in recent decades.

Emeritus Professor John Hearnshaw MNZM

I was born in Wellington in 1946, with an English father and Aussie mother, but I grew up in the NW of England from 1948 after my father got a job there after the war. My education was in the UK where I lived for 19 years, but after graduating from Cambridge with a science degree in 1967, I did a PhD in astronomy at the Australian National University in Canberra from January 1968. I married Vickie, a Kiwi girl, in the middle of my doctoral work in December 1969 (we met in Panama when I sailed on a P&O liner from the UK in 1967). After finishing a doctoral thesis I had two short research fellowships, the first at the Paris Observatory (1972-74) and the second one at Harvard and the Smithsonian Institution in Cambridge, Mass (1974-76). In 1976 I returned to New Zealand to a lecturing position at the University of Canterbury. I was promoted to a professorship at Canterbury in 1995 and eventually retired in 2014 after 38 years. For 25 of those years I served as director of Mt John Observatory at Lake Tekapo, in three different periods. I spent a lot of time developing new instruments to use at Mt John and training graduate students in astronomy (PhD and MSc).

During my time at Canterbury I wrote six books on astronomy, most of them on the history of stellar astrophysics in the last 200 years. I have also been active working for the International Astronomical Union (and still am); the IAU is the society for professional astronomers with about 12000 members world-wide. From 2003 to 2012 I chaired the IAU Program Group for the World-wide Development of Astronomy, a job that entailed travelling to developing countries to give lectures, to advise on teaching astronomy and to promote research collaborations. My travels took me to Mongolia, Cuba, Venezuela, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Mauritius, Fiji, North Korea, Uruguay, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago and Thailand. 







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