AAS Event Calendar

Film Night July -
Monday 24 Jul, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Alastair Emerson

This Months documentary is:

Quatum Theory

Quantum Theory  - an easy to follow explanation of Quantum Theory from leading academics with great illustrative examples.

We will also screen a recent Sky at Night episode



Young Astronomers - Aug
Friday 04 Aug, 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.

There will be telescope viewing after the session if weather permits.





Intro to Astronomy - August
Monday 07 Aug, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Peter Felhofer

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic, given by Peter Felhofer is:

 Telescopes – The telescopes being built today promise to reveal ten times as much about the Universe as we’ve learnt in the past 400 years since Galileo.  Not only will professional researchers benefit, but amateurs will be able to access many of the databases to conduct their own research.  We’ll take a quick tour of the major projects and look at their instrumentation and operational parameters along with their primary science objectives.
This will be followed by another talk:

Gravitational Waves: Heartbeats of the universe

Gravitational waves were predicted by Einstein from his general theory of relativity. Now, for the first time, these ripples in the fabric of space-time arising from cataclysmic events in the distant universe have been detected arriving at Earth. An new realm of information is now available as if we were a deaf person suddenly gaining the ability to hear sound. Were going to hear more things, some expected and, no doubt, some very surprising. This unique window onto the cosmos heralds a new era in our understanding of the universe. ​

Speaker: Dr Eyal Schwartz, physics department, university of Otago, Dodd-Walls centre for photonic and quantum technologies




Monthly Meeting Aug -
Monday 14 Aug, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: -

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

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Practical Astronomy Aug -
Monday 21 Aug, 2017 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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Film Night August -
Monday 28 Aug, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This Months documentary is:

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Young Astronomers - Sep
Friday 01 Sep, 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.

There will be telescope viewing after the session if weather permits.





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

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

Galaxies V: Galaxy Formation and Evolution

Presented by Chris Benton, this is the fifth of a six part series covering the essentials of galaxies, a very important part of astronomy. Topics will cover how the first galaxies formed, and then how they have evolved into the massive structures we see today in our local universe.

It will be comprised of a 30 to 40 minute discussion, followed by a 30 minute pre-recorded documentary lecture from Professor David M. Meyer of Northwestern University, USA. 

·        Principles of Galaxies

·        Principles of relevant General Astronomy

A handout outlining all the key messages will be available.

Whether you are a beginner or a more knowledgeable member of the society, you will not be disappointed. Come and explore the universe together! 




Monthly Meeting Sep -
Monday 11 Sep, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: -

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

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Practical Astronomy Sep -
Monday 18 Sep, 2017 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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Film Night September -
Monday 25 Sep, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This Months documentary is:

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Intro to Astronomy - October
Monday 02 Oct, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

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

Galaxies VI: Galactic Centres: Supermassive Black Holes & Active Galactic Nuclei

Presented by Chris Benton, this is the sixth of a six part series covering the essentials of galaxies, a very important part of astronomy. Topics will cover the exciting events that occur in the centre of all moderately sized and large galaxies.

It will be comprised of a 30 to 40 minute discussion, followed by a 30 minute pre-recorded documentary lecture from Professor David M. Meyer of Northwestern University, USA. 

·        Principles of Galaxies

·        Principles of relevant General Astronomy

A handout outlining all the key messages will be available.

Whether you are a beginner or a more knowledgeable member of the society, you will not be disappointed. Come and explore the universe together! 




Young Astronomers - Oct
Friday 06 Oct, 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.

There will be telescope viewing after the session if weather permits.





Monthly Meeting Oct -
Monday 09 Oct, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: -

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

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Practical Astronomy Oct -
Monday 16 Oct, 2017 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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Film Night October -
Monday 23 Oct, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This Months documentary is:

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Young Astronomers - Nov
Friday 03 Nov, 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.

There will be telescope viewing after the session if weather permits.





Intro to Astronomy - November
Monday 06 Nov, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Peter Felhofer

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

Cosmology: Presented by Peter Felhofer

Peter will condense 13.8 billion years into 90 minutes and review the principle ideas behind the Big Bang Theory.  Starting with that primordial atom as conceived by Georges Lemaitre, we catch the wave of Inflation theorised by Alan Guth and end up with the present day observable Universe.   



Monthly Meeting Nov -
Monday 13 Nov, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: -

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

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Practical Astronomy Nov -
Monday 20 Nov, 2017 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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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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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:

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 great way to learn.

See you all there!





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

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

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Practical Astronomy Dec -
Monday 18 Dec, 2017 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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