AAS Event Calendar

Film Night - February. Big, Bigger, Biggest - Telescope
Monday 25 Feb, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

Big, Bigger, Biggest - Telescope is a documentary about the building of large telescopes. It covers a history of the optical developments needed to make larger scopes and the difficulties. There is some unusual and interesting material in this film. It ends with the building of the large binocular telescope in Arizona.



Young Astronomers - Mar
Friday 01 Mar, 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)




Introduction to Astronomy - Mar
Monday 04 Mar, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

How do astronomers measure how bright stars are and the distances to them?

Tonight we will discuss the techniques used to determine these and many other properties of stars including their temperatures and size.

Discover how observations of starlight split into its various wavelengths through spectroscopes and colour filters enable astronomers to do this, and then use simple formulas to deduce further properties. Find out with a simple experiment yourself illustrates how the parallax method of determining distances to the stars works.

Examples of well-known stars in the southern night sky will allow you to relate to these methods and the results at your next star-gazing session!

I look forward to seeing you all there, where you will receive a three-page hand out explaining these principles further.




Monthly Meeting - Mar
Monday 11 Mar, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

TBA



Practical Astronomy - Mar
Monday 18 Mar, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

TBA



Astrophotography Group - Mar
Monday 18 Mar, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

TBA



Film Night - March. 17th Century British Scientists that changed the World.
Monday 25 Mar, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

17th Century British Scientists that changed the World. This months film is a documentary about Christopher Wren, Robert Hooke, Robert Boyle, Isaac Newton and Edmond Halley and how their work changed world thinking about biology and astronomy. This fascinating documentary includes some little known facts about these men, their work and relationships. 



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 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)




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.

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 earlybird $20.00 Payment by Friday 15th March.
AAS Member standard $30.00

Non-member earlybird $40.00 Payment by Friday 15th March.
Non-member standard $50.00

This price includes bunk bed type accommodation.

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




Monthly Meeting - Apr
Monday 08 Apr, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

TBA



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

TBA



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

TBA



Film Night - Apr
Monday 22 Apr, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

TBA



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)




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

TBA



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

TBA



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

TBA



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

TBA



Film Night - May
Monday 27 May, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

TBA



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

TBA



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)




Monthly Meeting - Jun
Monday 10 Jun, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

TBA



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

TBA



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

TBA



Film Night - Jun
Monday 24 Jun, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

TBA



Introduction to Astronomy - Jul
Monday 01 Jul, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

TBA



Monthly Meeting - Jul
Monday 08 Jul, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

TBA



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

TBA



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

TBA



Film Night - Jul
Monday 22 Jul, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

TBA



Introduction to Astronomy - Aug
Monday 05 Aug, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

TBA



Monthly Meeting - Aug
Monday 12 Aug, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

TBA



Practical Astronomy - Aug
Monday 19 Aug, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

TBA



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

TBA



Film Night - Aug
Monday 26 Aug, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

TBA



Introduction to Astronomy - Sep
Monday 02 Sep, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

TBA



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

TBA



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

TBA



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

TBA



Film Night - Sep
Monday 23 Sep, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

TBA



Introduction to Astronomy - Oct
Monday 07 Oct, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

TBA



Monthly Meeting - Oct
Monday 14 Oct, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

TBA



Practical Astronomy - Oct
Monday 21 Oct, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

TBA



Astrophotography Group - Oct
Monday 21 Oct, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

TBA



Film Night - Oct
Monday 28 Oct, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

TBA



Introduction to Astronomy - Nov
Monday 04 Nov, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

TBA



Monthly Meeting - Nov
Monday 11 Nov, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: TBA

TBA



Practical Astronomy - Nov
Monday 18 Nov, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

TBA



Astrophotography Group - Nov
Monday 18 Nov, 2019 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

TBA



Film Night - Nov
Monday 25 Nov, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

TBA



Introduction to Astronomy - Dec
Monday 02 Dec, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

TBA



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

TBA



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

TBA



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

TBA



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