Welcome to the AAS

Founded in 1923 and now with over 600 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 Stardome Observatory public programs.




2019 NZ Astrophotography Competition

Calling all Astrophotographers, it's that time of year again, time to get your entries in for the 2019 New Zealand Astrophotography competition, this year we are super lucky to have the "Bad Astronomer" Phil Plait revise his role as judge for the competition, Phil is an is an American astronomer, skeptic, writer and popular science blogger. 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.

As in previous years we are lucky to have Australian Sky & Telescope on board as sponsors of both the Deep Sky category and the Nightscape / Artistic category, the winners of these categories will receive a one year subscription to the magazine as well as having their images printed in the magazine.

We are also lucky to have Astronz sponsor the Solar System category with a $300 Astronz gift voucher, Astronz is easily New Zealand's best known and most trusted supplier of Astronomical equipment.

The Auckland Astronomical Society will also provide a cash prize for each category winner.

We are also lucky to have Stardome Observatory and Planetarium print a selection of the entrants images for an astrophotography exhibition that will be displayed at Stardome after the competition awards are announced, the exhibition will then tour around New Zealand at various events and galleries.

The competition cutoff date is the 30th of September and the competition awards will be announced at the annual Burbidge dinner which is the Auckland Astronomical Society's premier annual event, keep an eye out on the society website for details on the forthcoming Burbidge dinner.

Looking forward to seeing all your images and wishing you all clear skies.

Competition Rules
https://www.astronomy.org.nz/Documents/Journal/2019%20nz%20astrophoto%20comp%20conditions%20of%20entry.doc.pdf

Entry Form
https://www.astronomy.org.nz/Documents/Journal/2019%20%20hw%20astrophoto%20competition%20entry%20form.doc.pdf

Upcoming Events

Introduction to Astronomy - Aug
Monday 22 Jul, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

Please note this change in date - to Monday 22  July, in order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing!

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Introduction to Astronomy - Aug
Monday 22 Jul, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

Please note this change in date - to Monday 22  July, in order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing!

The Apollo Moon Missions: A review to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

400,000 of Americas top scientists, engineers, technicians and test pilots worked tirelessly for ten years to accomplish arguably humanitys greatest and most iconic achievement - landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the highly publicised Apollo 11 landing, tonights discussion will include the essential projects and missions that preceded and allowed Apollo 11 to be successful.  Then hear about the following five successful Moon landings, that with each mission became more technically and scientifically advanced, plus the science that was carried out by the astronauts.


Monday 5 August will now be a Film Night.


Film Night - July - In the Shadow of the Moon
Monday 05 Aug, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Jerina McKenzie

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Film Night - July - In the Shadow of the Moon
Monday 05 Aug, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

Note change of date - (Swapped with Introduction to Astronomy) Now on 5th August

In the Shadow of the Moon

To celebrate the Apollo 11 anniversary in their fantastic documentary the crew members of NASAs Apollo missions tell their story in their own words

This film has interviews with most of the surviving astronauts of the Apollo program who were making ready to make that great voyage with an army of experts determined to make the endeavor possible. Through training, tragedy and triumph, we follow the greatest moments of one of Humanitys great achievements



Monthly Meeting - Aug - Interpreting stellar spectra or The life of a spectroscopist
Monday 12 Aug, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Prof Peter Cottrell

Interpreting stellar spectra  or  The life of a spectroscopist

Peter Cottrell
Professor Emeritus, University of Canterbury,
and
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow
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Monthly Meeting - Aug - Interpreting stellar spectra or The life of a spectroscopist
Monday 12 Aug, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

Interpreting stellar spectra  or  The life of a spectroscopist

Peter Cottrell
Professor Emeritus, University of Canterbury,
and
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow
Monash University

Spectroscopy has been, and continues to be, a key tool for the understanding of the cosmos.  Whether that be for objects in the solar system, in our Milky Way galaxy or at the edge of the visible Universe, spectroscopy enables us to understand the dynamics and chemical makeup of these objects.

In this talk I’ll relate a selection of experiences to show how spectroscopy has provided a better understanding of the nature of objects in the Milky Way, through inferring abundances for a range of elements and precision velocities for intrinsic variable stars and multiple stars.  The objects include individual stars to larger, statistically significant samples, high resolution to medium resolution, and principally from the visible to near infrared parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Peter Cottrell was an academic staff member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Canterbury (UC) from 1982 to 2013.  Peter is originally from Adelaide where he completed an Honours degree in Physics at the University of Adelaide. He then did a PhD at the Australian National University, followed by postdocs in the United States.  At UC he undertook a number of roles, including as Head of Department, and was also Academic Dean of Science. He was also the key driver for UC’s involvement in the Southern African Large Telescope project. In 2013, Peter retired from academia to take on the role of the College Director of UC International College, which facilitates pathways to undergraduate degrees at UC for international students. He retired from that in 2016 and has returned to some research projects, including the galactic archaeology project, Galah. He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Canterbury and an Adjunct Researcher at Monash University. He is also Chair of the Christchurch-Adelaide Sister City Committee. Peter was also active in RASNZ including a term as President.


Astrophotography Group - Aug -
Monday 19 Aug, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

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Astrophotography Group - Aug -
Monday 19 Aug, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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Practical Astronomy - Aug
Monday 19 Aug, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

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Practical Astronomy - Aug
Monday 19 Aug, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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Astronz K-SANCT
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Astronz T-SCTM90-08
8" Meade LX90-ACF Telescope
Astronz T-DOB08
GSO 8" Dobsonian Telescope
Astronz M-CEM25
iOptron CEM25P Goto EQ Mount
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