AAS Event Calendar

Young Astronomers - Jun
Friday 02 Jun, 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 - June
Monday 05 Jun, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

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

Galaxies III: The Structure of the Milky Way Galaxy

Presented by Chris Benton, this is the third of a six part series covering the essentials of galaxies, a very important part of astronomy. Topics will include

·        A brief summary of main points covered in Galaxies I and II.

o  Variable Stars to measure galactic distances

o  Hubble Classification of Galaxies

o  Dimensions of the Milky Way

o  Emission, Reflection and Dark Nebulae

o  Open Star Clusters

·        Main components of the Milky Way

·        Globular Clusters and what they tell us about the Milky Way

·        Spiral Arms and Pressure Density Waves

·        The Super Massive Black Hole at the centre of the Milky Way

It will be comprised of a 30 to 40 minute discussion, followed by a 30 minute pre-recorded documentary lecture from Professor Alex Filippenko of the University of California, USA. Both the discussion and lecture compliment each other, and will aim to impart:

·        Principles of Galaxies

·        Principles of relevant General Astronomy

The comprehensive four page handout titled "The Milky Way In A Nutshell" brings together the main points from both talks on the Milky Way galaxy, Galaxies II and Galaxies III.They will be available on both nights.

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 Jun -
Monday 12 Jun, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - Willem van Straten

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

From Radio Pulsars to Fast Radio Bursts

The discovery of radio pulsars was an unexpected outcome of a survey designed to study the interplanetary scintillation of quasars.  Decades later, surveys for radio pulsars serendipitously discovered a new class of signals that has proven to be much more difficult to explain.  Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) have the potential to enable unprecedented measurements of our Universe on cosmological scales and they are driving the design of the next generation of radio observatories, such as the Square Kilometre Array.  However, we currently dont know what they are, and microwave ovens produce signals that are annoyingly similar.  After reviewing the brief history of this developing field, I will discuss recent progress and outline some of the next steps that could benefit from engagement with the community of amateur optical astronomers.

Willem van Straten is a Senior Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology and he is currently leading the development of the pulsar timing instrumentation for the Square Kilometre Array.  His research interests include using pulsars to test our understanding of gravity and to detect low-frequency graviational waves, searching for new pulsars and radio transients, and developing new statistical models and techniques to extract more information from noisy radio signals.








Practical Astronomy Jun - The Winter Night Sky
Monday 19 Jun, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

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


The Winter Night Sky

This will be one of our seasonal Planetarium sessions. We will use the Planetarium to explore the Winter Night Sky. This is a great way to improve your knowledge of the Winter constellations and learn about some of the deep sky objects to be found in them.

Weather permitting we will follow the Planetarium session with an outside sky tour and telescope viewing. Otherwise we will play a short Planetarium show.




Film Night June -
Monday 26 Jun, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

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Intro to Astronomy - July
Monday 03 Jul, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

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Young Astronomers - Jul
Friday 07 Jul, 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 Jul -
Monday 10 Jul, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
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Practical Astronomy Jul -
Monday 17 Jul, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

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

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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.





Monthly Meeting Aug -
Monday 14 Aug, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
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Practical Astronomy Aug -
Monday 21 Aug, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

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

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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.





Monthly Meeting Sep -
Monday 11 Sep, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
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Practical Astronomy Sep -
Monday 18 Sep, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

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

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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
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Practical Astronomy Oct -
Monday 16 Oct, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

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

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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.





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

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

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Monthly Meeting Dec -
Monday 11 Dec, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
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Practical Astronomy Dec -
Monday 18 Dec, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

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