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 - May - What Happened Before The Big Bang
Monday 27 May, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Ken Hulls

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Film Night - May - What Happened Before The Big Bang
Monday 27 May, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

The ‘Standard’ inflationary Big Bang model assumes the universe came from nothing, whatever that might mean in terms of the physics. However this is increasingly questioned by such things as data from the Cosmic Microwave Background and the theoretical physics community. There will be a short introduction and then the documentary, which looks at the alternative models for where the universe came from, with contributions from each of the proponents of these alternatives.



Introduction to Astronomy - Jun
Monday 03 Jun, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

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Introduction to Astronomy - Jun
Monday 03 Jun, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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Young Astronomers - Jun
Friday 07 Jun, 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 - Jun
Friday 07 Jun, 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)



Monthly Meeting - June - The Pleiades: Cross-cultural Connections and the Science of Ancestral Timekeeping
Monday 10 Jun, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr Isabel Hawkins

The Pleiades: Cross-cultural Connections and the Science of Ancestral Timekeeping

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The Sun, Moon, planets, and stars have accompa
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Monthly Meeting - June - The Pleiades: Cross-cultural Connections and the Science of Ancestral Timekeeping
Monday 10 Jun, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

The Pleiades: Cross-cultural Connections and the Science of Ancestral Timekeeping

Abstract:

The Sun, Moon, planets, and stars have accompanied sky watchers over millennia. The Pleiades star cluster – better known in Aotearoa New Zealand as Matariki – is tied to worldviews, astronomy, calendaring, weather prediction, and native agriculture. For indigenous people in Polynesia, Mesoamerica, and the Andes, the Pleiades star cluster continues to be a source of knowledge, both culturally and scientifically. The presentation will provide an overview of Matariki from an astronomical perspective and will share research themes tied to food sovereignty and cross-cultural connections with Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru.

Dr. Isabel Hawkins, Astronomer and Project Director at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, California.  Isabel is in New Zealand as part of her Fulbright Global Scholar Award researching the Pleiades star cluster – better known here as Matariki – and its connections across Polynesia, Mesoamerica, and the Andes.  Her particular research while at the University of Aucklands Business School is in the science of ancestral timekeeping in the context of food sovereignty.


Practical Astronomy - Jun
Monday 17 Jun, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

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Practical Astronomy - Jun
Monday 17 Jun, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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Astrophotography Group - Jun
Monday 17 Jun, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

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Astrophotography Group - Jun
Monday 17 Jun, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory

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