AAS Event Calendar

Monthly Meeting - Jul - "Honest George Graham and the unexpected discovery of the aberration of starlight"
Monday 13 Jul, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Richard Sorrenson


Richard will talk about the implications of making ever more accurate astronomical instruments in the 18th century and the role of a London instrument maker, George Graham, in this pursuit."

Richard Sorrenson has long had an interest in thehistory of astronomy and obtained his PhD in the history of science fromPrinceton University.  He is the authorof Perfect Mechanics: Instrument Makersat the Royal Society of London in the Eighteenth Century (Docent Press,Boston Mass., 2013) and manages the University of Auckland Foundation and itsendowment fund. Richard is also the current chair person of the Auckland Observatory and Planetarium Trust Board





Practical Astronomy - Jul
Monday 20 Jul, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

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Astrophotography Group - Jul
Monday 20 Jul, 2020 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

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Film Night - July - Large Hadron Collider
Monday 27 Jul, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Ken Hulls

In 2019 Ken Hulls organized a guided tour of the Large Hadron Collider and was joined on the visit by Alistair Emerson. The LHC is the most powerful particle accelerator on the planet and uses that power to reproduce energy levels and particle collisions just as they were in the universe seconds after time began. Film Night looks at: the why and how of the LHC doing that, what the LHC has enabled us to discover and just as importantly what are the big questions which remain and how they might be solved. These questions directly relate to our understanding of how the universe evolved and why it is the way it is.



Introduction to Astronomy - Aug
Monday 03 Aug, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr Chris Benton

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Monthly Meeting - Aug
Monday 10 Aug, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

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Astrophotography Group - Aug
Monday 17 Aug, 2020 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

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Practical Astronomy - Aug
Monday 17 Aug, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

TBA



Film Night - August - The Quasar Enigma
Monday 24 Aug, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

The Quasar Enigma is a documentary abouthow Quasars are formed and their effect on star formation.





Introduction to Astronomy - Sep
Monday 07 Sep, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr Chris Benton

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Monthly Meeting - Sep
Monday 14 Sep, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

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Practical Astronomy - Sep
Monday 21 Sep, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

TBA



Astrophotography Group - Sep
Monday 21 Sep, 2020 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

TBA



Film Night - September - Eye in the Sky
Monday 28 Sep, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

Eye in the Sky is a documentary about the development of telescopes from the 17th century outlining the discoveries made and the development of specialised photographic techniques and radio astronomy.



Introduction to Astronomy - Oct
Monday 05 Oct, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr Chris Benton

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Monthly Meeting - Oct
Monday 12 Oct, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

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Astrophotography Group - Oct
Monday 19 Oct, 2020 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

TBA



Practical Astronomy - Oct
Monday 19 Oct, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

TBA



Film Night - Oct
Monday 26 Oct, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

TBA



Introduction to Astronomy - Nov
Monday 02 Nov, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr Chris Benton

TBA



Monthly Meeting - Nov
Monday 09 Nov, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

TBA



Northern Star Party 2020
Friday 13 Nov, 2020 at 17:00Hrs
Venue: Waharau Regional Park
Speaker/Host: Gavin Login

2020 Northern Star Party (Dark Sky Weekend) at Waharau Regional Park. – New Dates November 13th to 15th. Put this in your calender!

It was postponed from April because of Coronavirus. It is now on in November! It is also open to non - Astronomical Society members to attend. Its usually a great fun weekend.

The Auckland Astronomical Society’s Waharau Dark Sky Weekend (2020 Northern Star Party - Dark Sky Weekend) is at Waharau Regional Park 1748 East Coast Rd, Orere Point, Whakatiwai 2473 (about 1 hours drive from central Auckland) on Friday 13th November at starting 4pm and ending Sunday 15th November 11am.
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 don’t have any there will be plenty there for you to look through.
Also the society has telescopes available for hire.

Contact Steve Hennerley (027) 245 6441 or Darren Woodley 021776481 email: rental@astronomy.org.nz to get these. Book now as these can become booked out!

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 earlybird $20.00. Name received by Friday 30th October. Payment received by Monday 2nd November.
AAS Member standard $30.00
Non-member earlybird $40.00. Name received by Friday 30th October. Payment received by Monday 2nd November.
Non-member standard $50.00

This price includes bunk bed type accommodation.
People with credits from postponed event can use them for this.

To book please email Gavin Logan: gavinlgn@gmail.com giving the names of the people attending. Phone 021 1441055.



Practical Astronomy - Nov
Monday 16 Nov, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

TBA



Astrophotography Group - Nov
Monday 16 Nov, 2020 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

TBA



Film Night - Nov
Monday 23 Nov, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

TBA



Introduction to Astronomy - Dec
Monday 07 Dec, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr Chris Benton

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Monthly Meeting - Dec
Monday 14 Dec, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

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Practical Astronomy - Dec
Monday 21 Dec, 2020 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

TBA



Astrophotography Group - Dec
Monday 21 Dec, 2020 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

TBA



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