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 Winners

A small movie of the official results of the 2014 Harry Williams Trophy Astrophotography Competition, it's best to watch in YouTube, turn the quality up to 1080p, let the movie load and enjoy.

http://youtu.be/cGXKjFGTG9g

4 Harry Williams Astrophotography Competition Entries

Please click on the link below to see a movie of all the entries submitted for the 2014 Harry Williams Trophy Astrophotography Competition which showcase some of the best astrophotographers in New Zealand. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2uqsmqRQdo

Upcoming Events

2015 Annual General Meeting
Monday 27 Apr, 2015 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

2015 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Auckland Astronomical Society Inc. will be held at the Stardome Observatory, One Tree Hill Domain on
Monday 27th April 2015
Starting at 8:00pm.

All society members are encouraged to attend.




Young Astronomers - May
Friday 01 May, 2015 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 - May
Friday 01 May, 2015 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



Special Lecture - Gaia: Mapping the Milky Way from Space
Monday 04 May, 2015 at 20:30Hrs
Venue: University of Auckland
Speaker/Host: Prof. Gerry Gilmore

2015 Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lecture

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Special Lecture - Gaia: Mapping the Milky Way from Space
Monday 04 May, 2015 at 20:30Hrs
Venue: University of Auckland

2015 Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lecture

Gaia: Mapping the Milky Way From Space 

Professor Gerry Gilmore
University of Cambridge, UK

Gaia is the European Space Agency mission which is currently creating the first ever 3-D census of the Milky Way. Gaia’s giga-pixel camera is mapping over one billion stars to a precision comparable to resolving a button on the moon. Gerry Gilmore who is UK Principal Investigator for Gaia, and leads the team processing Gaia’s imaging data, will explain what Gaia is, how it is delivering a 12-Dimensional map of the Milky Way, and give some personal views on life inside a billion-euro project.

Professor Gerry Gilmore of the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge is the principal investigator on Gaia project - a space observatory to be launched by the European Space Agency on 20 November 2013. The mission aims to compile a 3D space catalogue of approximately 1 billion stars.

Venue
        Fisher and Paykel Appliances Auditorium 
        Owen Glen Building
        University of Auckland
        12 Grafton Rd, Auckland

Start:
        8:30pm

Free tickets for this talk can be reserved at:
        http://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/gaia-mapping-the-milky-way-from-space-public-lecture-by-professor-gerry-gilmore-university-of-tickets-16650440917?aff=es2

This is a public lecture so non-members are welcome to attend




Monthly Meeting May - Variable Stars and Their Stories
Monday 11 May, 2015 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr Stella Kafaka

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

Variable Stars
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Monthly Meeting May - Variable Stars and Their Stories
Monday 11 May, 2015 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

Variable Stars and Their Stories

Dr. Stella Kafaka
Director of the American Association of Variable Star Observers

Variable stars have always been the most intriguing (and fun) targets for observers, professional and amateur alike. Stellar variability, both intrinsic and extrinsic, provide unique insights in critical stages of stellar evolution, help determine distances to nearby galaxies and add to our understanding of explosion physics and chemical enrichment of the Milky Way. Dr Kafka will introduce some of the most common aspects of stellar variability and their significance in astrophysics. She will also discuss their common light curve identifiers, and present work by AAVSO observers that has lead to cutting-edge scientific discoveries throughout the years.

Stella Kafka has a BS in Physics and PhD in Astrophysics. She has held post-doctoral fellowships and appointments atthe Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, at NASA¹s Spitzer Science Center (Caltech), and the Carnegie Institution of Washington. She also worked at the American Institute of Physicss publishing group, before joining the AAVSO in February 2015, as its new Director. Stella is particularlyinterested in stellar explosions from flares in single stars to Cataclysmic Variables and progenitors of Supernovae Ia.


Astrophotography Group May -
Monday 18 May, 2015 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 May -
Monday 18 May, 2015 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

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Practical Astronomy May -
Monday 18 May, 2015 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:


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Practical Astronomy May -
Monday 18 May, 2015 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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


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