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

2019 Annual General Meeting
Monday 29 Apr, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observtory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

The 93rd Annual General Meeting of the Auckland Astronomical Society Inc. will be held at the Stardome Observatory, One Tree Hill Domain on Monday 29th April 2019 starting at 8:00pm.  All society ...more

2019 Annual General Meeting
Monday 29 Apr, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observtory

The 93rd Annual General Meeting of the Auckland Astronomical Society Inc. will be held at the Stardome Observatory, One Tree Hill Domain on Monday 29th April 2019 starting at 8:00pm.  All society members are encouraged to attend and help with the future of the Society. The agenda and a copy of the reports will be posted on the member’s area of the society website (www.astronomy.org.nz) prior to the meeting. Printed copies will also be distributed at the meeting.


Young Astronomers - May
Friday 03 May, 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 - May
Friday 03 May, 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)



Introduction to Astronomy - May
Monday 06 May, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

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Introduction to Astronomy - May
Monday 06 May, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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Monthly Meeting - May
Monday 13 May, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

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Monthly Meeting - May
Monday 13 May, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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

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

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Astrophotography Group - May
Monday 20 May, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

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Astrophotography Group - May
Monday 20 May, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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