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

Film Night - August - The Cosmic Microwave Background
Monday 26 Aug, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Ken Hulls

The Cosmic Microwave Background

Under the title “Cosmology in the 21st Century’ we will be looking at an extremely  well-illustrated presentation from the Pe ...more

Film Night - August - The Cosmic Microwave Background
Monday 26 Aug, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

The Cosmic Microwave Background

Under the title “Cosmology in the 21st Century’ we will be looking at an extremely  well-illustrated presentation from the Perimeter Institute, including many video clips. It starts with an explanation of what the CMB is. It then explains the Planck satellite mission and  how information  obtained from the Planck satellite data  gives, among other things: the age of the universe, information on dark matter and how the structure of the CMB explains the creation of galaxies and  clusters of galaxies in the universe. And all in an understandable way”


Introduction to Astronomy - Titan - A possible habitat for life in the outer Solar System!
Monday 02 Sep, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Jonathan Park

Tonight, our special guest speaker Jonathan Park from the Hamilton Astronomical Society, and s ...more


Introduction to Astronomy - Titan - A possible habitat for life in the outer Solar System!
Monday 02 Sep, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

Tonight, our special guest speaker Jonathan Park from the Hamilton Astronomical Society, and studying for his Masters in Astronomy at Swinburne University, Melbourne, will address a fascinating astrobiology topic.

Titan – A possible habitat for life in the outer Solar System!

Saturns largest moon Titan is sometimes referred to as Earths frozen twin, with many features resembling those on Earth, but at the same time very alien.  The talk will include comparisons of Titan with Earth and a brief description of NASAs recently approved Dragonfly mission due to launch in 2026. The fascinating question of whether life could have formed on Titan will also be included, with a summary of some of the ideas put forward by scientists regarding life on such a cold, alien moon.

This most stimulating discussion will leave you pondering for days. We look forward to seeing you all there!




Monthly Meeting - Sep
Monday 09 Sep, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

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Monthly Meeting - Sep
Monday 09 Sep, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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Astrophotography Group - Sep
Monday 16 Sep, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

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Astrophotography Group - Sep
Monday 16 Sep, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

TBA


Practical Astronomy - Spring Night Sky
Monday 16 Sep, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

This is planetarium show exploring the spring night sky. The session will focus on finding a few constellations and deep sky objects in and around them.  ...more

Practical Astronomy - Spring Night Sky
Monday 16 Sep, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

This is planetarium show exploring the spring night sky. The session will focus on finding a few constellations and deep sky objects in and around them. 

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