AAS Event Calendar

Astrophotography Group Aug - Milky Way Astroscapes with a DSLR
Monday 20 Aug, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Greg Stevens

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

In Augusts session, Greg Stevens will talk to members about capturing and processing Milky Way panoramas using a DSLR. If you are a beginner at Astroscapes, or keen to improve your skills, then this talk will be both interesting and useful.

Greg Stevens is a long term member of the society, and a Fellow of the Photographic Society of New Zealand.




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: Ken Hulls

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Introduction to Astronomy September 2018
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:

A Modern Perspective of the Solar System

The Solar System is composed of a central star, eight planets of varying sizes and composition, and collections of small bodies. Chris Benton will outline a modern perspective of the Solar System structure, including why Pluto is no longer considered a planet. A discussion will follow of how and why the Solar System  formed as it did, and how that explains what we see today.



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 - Numerical Simulations of the Solar System
Monday 10 Sep, 2018 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Dr Philip Sharp

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

Numerical Simulations of the Solar System

It is easy to use Newtons law of gravity to write down the mathematical equations for the motion of the planets orbiting the Sun. The difficult part is solving the equations. If you simplify the model by removing all but one planet, you can solve the equations exactly. The solution you obtain is not very realistic because the seven (or eight) planets you omitted affect the motion of the planet you did include. If you try to make your solution more realistic by having two or more planets, you can no longer solve the equations exactly and must resort to finding approximate solutions to the equations.

There are several ways of finding these approximate solutions. The most common way is to use computer simulations. I will give an introduction to these computer simulations and describe some results my research collaborators and I have obtained.

Philip was raised on sheep farms in the Wairarapa and the Manawatu. He decided in his mid teens that he wanted to be an astronomer and attended the University of Canterbury to do astronomy. While there he realized there were few positions for astronomers in New Zealand and ended up graduating with a PhD in Mathematics. He was offered a position in the weather office as it was affectionately known but took up a post-doctoral position in Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He spent seven years at UofT, followed by two years at Queens University, Kingston, Canada, before returning to New Zealand. He is currently the deputy head of the department of mathematics. His main research area is the study of planetary dynamics. His main recreations are long-distance hiking and model railways.





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

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Burbdige Dinner 2018
Saturday 29 Sep, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Ellerslie Events Centre
Speaker/Host: Emily Lakdawalla

Tickets are now available for the 2018 Burbidge Dinner.

Early Bird tickets purchased prior to the end of August will cost $60 per person and after that $65 per person.

The venue will be the Ellerslie Events Center. We will be announcing the results of the Harry Williams Astrophotography competition and the awards for the Beaumont Prize for the best member submitted article to the AAS journal.

The after dinner lecture will be given by the Planetary Society Senior Editor, Emily Lakdawalla.

The Golden Age of the Solar System: Whats Up in Space

Many people think of the glory days of space exploration as being in the past, culminating in Apollo, but we are living in the golden age of planetary exploration right now. Twenty-odd robots are exploring worlds big and small throughout the solar system. Emily will show highlights of current space exploration activities, feature lots of amazing pictures, and explain how you can follow along with these missions every day.

Emily Lakdawalla is an internationally admired science communicator and educator, passionate about advancing public understanding of space and sharing the wonder of scientific discovery. Emily came to The Planetary Society in 2001 to oversee a portion of the Societys Red Rover Goes to Mars project, an education and public outreach program on the Mars Exploration Rover mission funded by LEGO. She ran worldwide contests that selected and trained high school students to travel to Pasadena to participate in rover operations training exercises in 2002 and then in actual Mars Exploration Rover mission operations during January and February of 2005.

She was awarded the 2011 Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award from the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society for her blog entry about the Phoebe ring of Saturn. Asteroid 274860 was formally named "Emilylakdawalla" by the International Astronomical Union on July 12, 2014. She received an honorary doctorate from The Open University in 2017 in recognition of her contributions in communicating space science to the public.



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).



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

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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).




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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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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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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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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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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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.

TBA






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