AAS Event Calendar

Monthly Meeting Dec -
Monday 11 Dec, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - Professor John Hearnshaw

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:

Key developments and discoveries in stellar spectroscopy during the last three decades of the 20th century

In the first part of the talk Professor Hearnshaw will present a short primer on the basics of stellar spectroscopy, including what it is and the sort of observations and results it is able to obtain on stars. These include the measurement of stellar temperatures, velocities, rotation rates, pressures and element abundances.

Next he will discuss some key instrumental developments that transformed the practice of stellar spectroscopy from about 1970.

Finally he will describe how these instrumental advances in turn have led to major new discoveries over the last 30 years of the 20th century, and will list and discuss these major discoveries that have resulted in a revolution in our understanding of stars in recent decades.

Emeritus Professor John Hearnshaw MNZM

I was born in Wellington in 1946, with an English father and Aussie mother, but I grew up in the NW of England from 1948 after my father got a job there after the war. My education was in the UK where I lived for 19 years, but after graduating from Cambridge with a science degree in 1967, I did a PhD in astronomy at the Australian National University in Canberra from January 1968. I married Vickie, a Kiwi girl, in the middle of my doctoral work in December 1969 (we met in Panama when I sailed on a P&O liner from the UK in 1967). After finishing a doctoral thesis I had two short research fellowships, the first at the Paris Observatory (1972-74) and the second one at Harvard and the Smithsonian Institution in Cambridge, Mass (1974-76). In 1976 I returned to New Zealand to a lecturing position at the University of Canterbury. I was promoted to a professorship at Canterbury in 1995 and eventually retired in 2014 after 38 years. For 25 of those years I served as director of Mt John Observatory at Lake Tekapo, in three different periods. I spent a lot of time developing new instruments to use at Mt John and training graduate students in astronomy (PhD and MSc).

During my time at Canterbury I wrote six books on astronomy, most of them on the history of stellar astrophysics in the last 200 years. I have also been active working for the International Astronomical Union (and still am); the IAU is the society for professional astronomers with about 12000 members world-wide. From 2003 to 2012 I chaired the IAU Program Group for the World-wide Development of Astronomy, a job that entailed travelling to developing countries to give lectures, to advise on teaching astronomy and to promote research collaborations. My travels took me to Mongolia, Cuba, Venezuela, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Mauritius, Fiji, North Korea, Uruguay, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago and Thailand. 








Astrophotography Group Dec -
Monday 18 Dec, 2017 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - Keith Smith

The Astrophotography group sessions focus on aspects of Astrophotography and image processing.

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Practical Astronomy Dec -
Monday 18 Dec, 2017 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This months topic is:


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Young Astronomers - Feb
Friday 02 Feb, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Matariki Room
Speaker/Host: Margaret Arthur

Young Astronomers is the session for our younger members, aged 6-13yrs.

Margaret leads an interactive session covering various current topics with plenty of question and answers.

There will be telescope viewing after the session if weather permits.





Intro to Astronomy - Feb
Monday 05 Feb, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic is:

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Monthly Meeting Feb -
Monday 12 Feb, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - TBA

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:

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Practical Astronomy Feb -
Monday 19 Feb, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This months topic is:


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Film Night Feb -
Monday 26 Feb, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This Months documentary is:

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Intro to Astronomy - Mar
Monday 05 Mar, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic is:

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Monthly Meeting Mar -
Monday 12 Mar, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - TBA

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:

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Practical Astronomy Mar -
Monday 19 Mar, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This months topic is:


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Film Night Mar -
Monday 26 Mar, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This Months documentary is:

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Intro to Astronomy - Apr
Monday 02 Apr, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic is:

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Monthly Meeting Apr -
Monday 09 Apr, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - TBA

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:

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Practical Astronomy Apr -
Monday 16 Apr, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This months topic is:


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Film Night Apr -
Monday 23 Apr, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

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Intro to Astronomy - May
Monday 07 May, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic is:

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Monthly Meeting May -
Monday 14 May, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - TBA

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:

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Practical Astronomy May -
Monday 21 May, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This months topic is:


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Film Night May -
Monday 28 May, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This Months documentary is:

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Intro to Astronomy - Jun
Monday 04 Jun, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic is:

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Monthly Meeting Jun -
Monday 11 Jun, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - TBA

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:

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Practical Astronomy Jun -
Sunday 17 Jun, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This months topic is:


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Film Night Jun -
Monday 25 Jun, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This Months documentary is:

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Intro to Astronomy - Jul
Monday 02 Jul, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic is:

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Monthly Meeting Jul -
Monday 09 Jul, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - TBA

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:

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Practical Astronomy Jul -
Monday 16 Jul, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This months topic is:


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Film Night Jul -
Monday 23 Jul, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

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Intro to Astronomy - Aug
Monday 06 Aug, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic is:

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Monthly Meeting Aug -
Monday 13 Aug, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - TBA

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:

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Practical Astronomy Aug -
Monday 20 Aug, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This months topic is:


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Film Night Aug -
Monday 27 Aug, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

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Intro to Astronomy - Sep
Monday 03 Sep, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic is:

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Monthly Meeting Sep -
Monday 10 Sep, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - TBA

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:

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Practical Astronomy Sep -
Monday 17 Sep, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This months topic is:


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Film Night Sep -
Monday 24 Sep, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This Months documentary is:

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Intro to Astronomy - Oct
Monday 01 Oct, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic is:

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Monthly Meeting Oct -
Monday 15 Oct, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - TBA

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:

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Practical Astronomy Oct -
Monday 15 Oct, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This months topic is:


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Film Night Oct -
Monday 22 Oct, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This Months documentary is:

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Intro to Astronomy - Nov
Monday 05 Nov, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic is:

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Monthly Meeting Nov -
Monday 12 Nov, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - TBA

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:

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Practical Astronomy Nov -
Monday 19 Nov, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This months topic is:


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Intro to Astronomy - Dec
Monday 03 Dec, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

A tutorial series covering many aspects of astronomy. This months topic is:

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Monthly Meeting Dec -
Monday 10 Dec, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: - TBA

The Monthly Meeting normally features a talk by a guest speaker. This month is:

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Practical Astronomy Dec -
Monday 17 Dec, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Carolle Varughese

The Practical Astronomy sessions focus on learning the night sky and using telescopes. This months topic is:


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