AAS Event Calendar

Film Night April - War In Space - The Next Battlefield
Monday 23 Apr, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This is a 2016 documentary about Americas research and preparation for war involving space. Some of it is quite disturbing and contains information that most people would not be aware of or think about. This is not Star Wars type stuff, but what military things are being done at present or would be done if another very major war broke out between major powers.

This is a very enlightening film is 42 minutes long and will be followed by the latest Sky at Night show (30 minutes long).





Annual General Meeting 2018
Monday 30 Apr, 2018 at 20:10Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

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Special General Meeting
Monday 30 Apr, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Bill Thomas

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Young Astronomers - May
Friday 04 May, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Matariki Room
Speaker/Host: Margaret Arthur

Young Astronomers is our group aimed for 7-13 year olds.
The session covers a range of current astronomy topics with plenty of Q&A and includes some telescope viewing (weather permitting).



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:

The Hazards of Long-Duration Human Spaceflight.

Both NASA and private companies are now working on the human and engineering challenges of getting people to Mars in the next 15 to 20 years.

A family member or close friend might be one of the interplanetary pioneers!

Given the opportunity, and should your life circumstances allow you, would you be willing to go to Mars? Come along to Mays Introduction to Astronomy meeting, enjoy the discussion on the hazards of long-duration spaceflight, and then rethink your decision.

Medicine is my day job, and I am excited to be able to lead the discussion focusing on the challenges that lie ahead for the future astronauts.

These challenges include:

·        Physical stresses and unforgiving environment of space

·        Prolonged weightlessness

·        Radiation exposure

·        Psychological effects of unnatural and unfamiliar routines and environment

·        No immediate access to comprehensive medical and surgical facilities

Learn about current protocol countermeasures implemented on the International Space Station, and ongoing research to allow such prolonged journeys safe for the astronauts.

I will also cover the science behind how Earth protects us against these biological hazards, such as how gravity works on the body, why astronauts are weightless when in Earths orbit despite being so close to it,and what creates Earths magnetosphere that protects us from harmful radiation and cosmic rays.

I look forward to seeing you there for a fun-filled and informative session.

Should you want a PDF copy of my fully referenced article on this topic, please send me an email at cbenton@xtra.co.nz

Best regards

Dr Chris Benton









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

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

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Astrophotography Group May -
Monday 21 May, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

The Astrophotography sessions focus on equipment, techniques and processing for imaging the night sky.

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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: Ken Hulls

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Young Astronomers - Jun
Friday 01 Jun, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Matariki Room
Speaker/Host: Margaret Arthur

Young Astronomers is our group aimed for 7-13 year olds.
The session covers a range of current astronomy topics with plenty of Q&A and includes some telescope viewing (weather permitting).



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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Astrophotography Group Jun -
Monday 18 Jun, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

The Astrophotography sessions focus on equipment, techniques and processing for imaging the night sky.

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

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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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Young Astronomers - Jul
Friday 06 Jul, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Matariki Room
Speaker/Host: Margaret Arthur

Young Astronomers is our group aimed for 7-13 year olds.
The session covers a range of current astronomy topics with plenty of Q&A and includes some telescope viewing (weather permitting).



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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Astrophotography Group Jul -
Monday 16 Jul, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

The Astrophotography sessions focus on equipment, techniques and processing for imaging the night sky.

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

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Young Astronomers - Aug
Friday 03 Aug, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Matariki Room
Speaker/Host: Margaret Arthur

Young Astronomers is our group aimed for 7-13 year olds.
The session covers a range of current astronomy topics with plenty of Q&A and includes some telescope viewing (weather permitting).



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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Astrophotography Group Aug -
Monday 20 Aug, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

The Astrophotography sessions focus on equipment, techniques and processing for imaging the night sky.

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

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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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Young Astronomers - Sep
Friday 07 Sep, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Matariki Room
Speaker/Host: Margaret Arthur

Young Astronomers is our group aimed for 7-13 year olds.
The session covers a range of current astronomy topics with plenty of Q&A and includes some telescope viewing (weather permitting).



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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Astrophotography Group Sep -
Monday 17 Sep, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

The Astrophotography sessions focus on equipment, techniques and processing for imaging the night sky.

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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: Alastair Emerson

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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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Young Astronomers - Oct
Friday 05 Oct, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Matariki Room
Speaker/Host: Margaret Arthur

Young Astronomers is our group aimed for 7-13 year olds.
The session covers a range of current astronomy topics with plenty of Q&A and includes some telescope viewing (weather permitting).



Astrophotography Group Oct -
Monday 15 Oct, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

The Astrophotography sessions focus on equipment, techniques and processing for imaging the night sky.

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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 November - Mysteries of the Moon
Monday 22 Oct, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This months documentary looks at some of the latest research and information about our closest neighbour in the Solar System and the prospects of another manned visit there.

This is a very entertaining film is 50 minutes long and will be followed by the latest Sky at Night show (30 minutes long).




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

This Months documentary is:

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

Young Astronomers is our group aimed for 7-13 year olds.
The session covers a range of current astronomy topics with plenty of Q&A and includes some telescope viewing (weather permitting).



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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Astrophotography Group Nov -
Monday 19 Nov, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

The Astrophotography sessions focus on equipment, techniques and processing for imaging the night sky.

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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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Young Astronomers - Dec
Friday 07 Dec, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory - Matariki Room
Speaker/Host: Margaret Arthur

Young Astronomers is our group aimed for 7-13 year olds.
The session covers a range of current astronomy topics with plenty of Q&A and includes some telescope viewing (weather permitting).



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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Astrophotography Group Dec -
Monday 17 Dec, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Shaun Fletcher

The Astrophotography sessions focus on equipment, techniques and processing for imaging the night sky.

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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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