AAS Event Calendar

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: - Dr Meg Schawmb

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

Exploring Mars with 150,000 Earthlings

The Red Planet is a dynamic world. Mars south pole is sculpted by the never-ending cycle of freezing and thawing of exposed carbon dioxide ice. In the summer, carbon dioxide jets loft dust and dirt through cracks in the thawing carbon dioxide ice sheet to the surface where winds blow the material into the hundreds of thousands of dark fans observed from orbit. This process is completely alien, with no Earthly counterpart. Understanding the direction, frequency, and appearance of these fans (a proxy for the jets) and how varying factors impact these properties, we can better understand the Martian climate and how it differs from Earth.

It is difficult if not impossible for computer algorithms to accurately identify individual fans. Computers just aren’t good enough to do the required task, but the fans spotted for orbit are easily spotted by the human eye. I will talk about the Planet Four and Planet Four: Terrains projects and its on-going effort collaborating with over 150,000 people around the world through power of the Internet. Volunteers map the dark seasonal fans and other surface features carved during by the carbon dioxide gas jets. I will present the discoveries made by these citizen scientists and discuss how you can get involved in exploring Mars from the comfort of home.

Bio:

Meg Schwamb is a planetary scientist and astronomer studying the bodies in our Solar System and beyond. She currently is an assistant scientist at the Gemini Observatory based in Hilo, Hawaii. Megs research focuses on how planets and their building blocks form and evolve, applying ground-based surveys to probe our Solar System’s small body reservoirs. In collaboration with the Zooniverse, Meg uses crowd-sourcing or citizen science to tackle large astronomical and planetary datasets, engaging people worldwide directly in scientific research. She has collaborated with hundreds of thousands of people to search for new planets outside our Solar System and study the climate of Mars. Meg is a member of the science team for the Zooniverse’s Planet Four projects using human pattern recognition to map wind-blown seasonal fans appearing on Mars’ South Pole, identify seasonal features on the Martian South pole, and search for polygonal ridges in the Arabia Terra region on Mars. She also currently serves as project scientist for the Comet Hunters citizen science project enlisting the public to search for cometary activity in the Solar Systems asteroid belt. Later on this year, Meg will receive the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science from the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Science.





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: - Ian Griffin

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: - Professor John Hearnshaw

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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