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.
 

2016 Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition

Calling all Astrophotographers, it's that time of year again, time to get your entries in for the 2016 Harry Williams Astrophotography competition, this year we are very lucky to have Phil Plait the "Bad Astronomer" as our judge, Phil is best known for debunking misconceptions in Astronomy but is also a well known Astrophotography enthusiast, he received his PHD in Astronomy at the University of Virginia in 1994, during the 1990s, Plait worked with the COBE satellite and later was part of the Hubble Space Telescope team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, working largely on the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph. In 1995, he published observations of a ring of circumstellar material around a supernova (SN 1987A), which led to further study of explosion mechanisms in core-collapse supernovae.

This year the Solar System and Miscellaneous / Artistic categories will be sponsored by the Australian Sky and Telescope magazine, winners of these two categories will receive a 12 month subscription to the magazine as well as a cash prize, in addition to the usual Auckland Astronomical Society certificate all entries that either win a category or are highly commended will also have their image printed in the Australian Sky and Telescope magazine, further prizes and sponsors to be announced soon.

This year, the entries to the Harry Williams Astrophotography competition must be in by the 31st of August, so please don't delay to get those entries in, as we can't accept late entries, the winners of the competition will be announced at the Auckland Astronomical Societies annual Burbidge Dinner, the date and venue are yet to be confirmed, we are looking forward to seeing all your entries and good luck with the competition.

CLICK HERE to download the 2016 Harry Williams Competition Entry Form

CLICK HERE to download the 2016 Harry Williams Competition Categories and Conditions Form


Upcoming Events

Young Astronomers - Jun
Friday 03 Jun, 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 - Jun
Friday 03 Jun, 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.




Intro to Astronomy Jun - The Moons of the Solar System Part I
Monday 06 Jun, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

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

The Moons of the Solar System Part I

The Earth’s Moon. Ch
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Intro to Astronomy Jun - The Moons of the Solar System Part I
Monday 06 Jun, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

The Moons of the Solar System Part I

The Earth’s Moon. Chris Benton will discuss a general overview of our own Moon, including its origin, observations, tidal effects, orbital properties, surface geology, internal structure and other properties. It will change your view of this magnificent celestial body on our doorstep.


Practical Astronomy Jun - The Winter Night Sky
Monday 13 Jun, 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:


The Winter Night Sky
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Practical Astronomy Jun - The Winter Night Sky
Monday 13 Jun, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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


The Winter Night Sky

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Astrophotography Group Jun - Photo Processing (Part 2)
Monday 13 Jun, 2016 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Keith Smith

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

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Astrophotography Group Jun - Photo Processing (Part 2)
Monday 13 Jun, 2016 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Astrophotography Processing (continued)

How to do Astrophotography with easily accessable software (Deep Sky Stacker, GIMP etc) 

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Monthly Meeting Jun - Radio Astronomy at the AUT’s Warkworth Observatory
Monday 20 Jun, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Sergei Gulyaev

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

Radio Astronomy at the AUT’s Warkworth Observatory

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Monthly Meeting Jun - Radio Astronomy at the AUT’s Warkworth Observatory
Monday 20 Jun, 2016 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Radio Astronomy at the AUT’s Warkworth Observatory

Activities and developments at the AUTs Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory are outlined. They include recent discovery of the source of ultra-high energy neutrino, conversion of a 30m telecommunications antenna into a world-class radio telescope, participation in spacecraft tracking and international VLBI projects, study of physics of Rydberg atoms, and other activities.

Professor Sergei Gulyaev is the director of AUT’s Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research. Under his direction the institute has built an observatory at Warkworth, north of Auckland equipped with a 12 metre and a 30 metre radio telescope.

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