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 - Apr
Monday 01 Apr, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

How do we know what powers the Sun and provides the energy essential to life on Earth?

According to the Standard Solar Model, as determined by theoretical ...more


Introduction to Astronomy - Apr
Monday 01 Apr, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

How do we know what powers the Sun and provides the energy essential to life on Earth?

According to the Standard Solar Model, as determined by theoretical models and helioseismological observations, temperatures at the core of the Sun reach 15 million degrees Kelvin. Under these conditions, and should protons be able to overcome the intense electrostatic repulsive forces via quantum tunnelling, hydrogen nuclei will fuse to form helium nuclei with the release of large amounts of energy in the form of high-energy photons and electron neutrinos. In turn, this would be sufficient to power the Sun for the past 4.6 billion years.

To be able to detect and quantify these electron neutrinos would validate the standard solar model and the theory of quantum physics. The problem, however, is that these subatomic particles are very elusive as trillions of them travel unimpeded through the Earth every second.

In this evenings talk we will discuss the various thermonuclear pathways responsible for the differing energy and flux levels of neutrinos, and then outline the ingenious experiments to detect and measure them. Find out what was meant by The Solar Neutrino Problem and how it was eventually solved.

I look forward to seeing you all there.



Young Astronomers - Apr
Friday 05 Apr, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Margaret Arthur

Young Astronomers is our group for 7-13 year olds. The meetings cover various current topics is in astronomy with lots of Q&A.
Telescope viewing follows (weather permitting)

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Young Astronomers - Apr
Friday 05 Apr, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

Young Astronomers is our group for 7-13 year olds. The meetings cover various current topics is in astronomy with lots of Q&A.
Telescope viewing follows (weather permitting)



Waharau Dark Sky Weekend
Friday 05 Apr, 2019 at 16:00Hrs
Venue: Waharau Regional Park
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

The Waharau Dark Sky Weekend is from Friday 5th April to Sunday 7th April at Waharau Regional Park, 1748 E Coast Rd, Orere Point, Whakatiwai 2473.

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Waharau Dark Sky Weekend
Friday 05 Apr, 2019 at 16:00Hrs
Venue: Waharau Regional Park

The Waharau Dark Sky Weekend is from Friday 5th April to Sunday 7th April at Waharau Regional Park, 1748 E Coast Rd, Orere Point, Whakatiwai 2473.

It will be a weekend of practical astronomy and dark sky observing. 

It is great opportunity to spend a weekend viewing the sky from a dark site on Moonless nights thought a range of different telescopes. Bring your telescope or binoculars, but if you dont have any there will be plenty there for you to look through.

During the day on Saturday there will be a full programme of practical astronomy – how to use equipment and various types of telescopes, new equipment demonstrations and an astrophotography workshop.
  
Films will be shown in the early evening on Friday and Saturday.

Price:

AAS Member $30.00

Non AAS-member $50.00

This price includes bunk bed type accommodation.

Please note that you must book a place prior to this event to attend it.

To book please email Gavin Logan: gavinlgn@gmail.com  giving the names of the people attending. Phone 021 144 1055.



Monthly Meeting - April - The Golden Age of Radio Astronomy
Monday 08 Apr, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Professor Sergei Gulyaev

The Golden Age of Radio Astronomy: telescopes, arrays, SKA and beyond


Sergei Gulyaev is Professor of Astronomy at the Auckland University of Technol
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Monthly Meeting - April - The Golden Age of Radio Astronomy
Monday 08 Apr, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

The Golden Age of Radio Astronomy: telescopes, arrays, SKA and beyond


Sergei Gulyaev is Professor of Astronomy at the Auckland University of Technology and Founding Director of the Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research. In his talk Sergei will outline the current status of radio astronomy both as science and technology. New radio telescopes united into intercontinental and global networks, compact arrays of radio telescopes, new instruments in the phases of design or construction – all contribute towards better understanding of objects and processes in the Cosmos. The talk will update on recent discoveries, and on the status of the most ambitious radio astronomy project of our time – the Square Kilometre Array.


Practical Astronomy - Apr
Monday 15 Apr, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

TBA
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Practical Astronomy - Apr
Monday 15 Apr, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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Astrophotography Group - Apr
Monday 15 Apr, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

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Astrophotography Group - Apr
Monday 15 Apr, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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