AAS Event Calendar

Introduction to Astronomy - Aug
Monday 22 Jul, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Chris Benton

Please note this change in date - to Monday 22  July, in order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing!

The Apollo Moon Missions: A review to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

400,000 of Americas top scientists, engineers, technicians and test pilots worked tirelessly for ten years to accomplish arguably humanitys greatest and most iconic achievement - landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the highly publicised Apollo 11 landing, tonights discussion will include the essential projects and missions that preceded and allowed Apollo 11 to be successful.  Then hear about the following five successful Moon landings, that with each mission became more technically and scientifically advanced, plus the science that was carried out by the astronauts.


Monday 5 August will now be a Film Night.



Film Night - July - In the Shadow of the Moon
Monday 05 Aug, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Jerina McKenzie

Note change of date - (Swapped with Introduction to Astronomy) Now on 5th August

In the Shadow of the Moon

To celebrate the Apollo 11 anniversary in their fantastic documentary the crew members of NASAs Apollo missions tell their story in their own words

This film has interviews with most of the surviving astronauts of the Apollo program who were making ready to make that great voyage with an army of experts determined to make the endeavor possible. Through training, tragedy and triumph, we follow the greatest moments of one of Humanitys great achievements




Monthly Meeting - Aug - Interpreting stellar spectra or The life of a spectroscopist
Monday 12 Aug, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Prof Peter Cottrell

Interpreting stellar spectra  or  The life of a spectroscopist

Peter Cottrell
Professor Emeritus, University of Canterbury,
and
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow
Monash University

Spectroscopy has been, and continues to be, a key tool for the understanding of the cosmos.  Whether that be for objects in the solar system, in our Milky Way galaxy or at the edge of the visible Universe, spectroscopy enables us to understand the dynamics and chemical makeup of these objects.

In this talk I’ll relate a selection of experiences to show how spectroscopy has provided a better understanding of the nature of objects in the Milky Way, through inferring abundances for a range of elements and precision velocities for intrinsic variable stars and multiple stars.  The objects include individual stars to larger, statistically significant samples, high resolution to medium resolution, and principally from the visible to near infrared parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Peter Cottrell was an academic staff member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Canterbury (UC) from 1982 to 2013.  Peter is originally from Adelaide where he completed an Honours degree in Physics at the University of Adelaide. He then did a PhD at the Australian National University, followed by postdocs in the United States.  At UC he undertook a number of roles, including as Head of Department, and was also Academic Dean of Science. He was also the key driver for UC’s involvement in the Southern African Large Telescope project. In 2013, Peter retired from academia to take on the role of the College Director of UC International College, which facilitates pathways to undergraduate degrees at UC for international students. He retired from that in 2016 and has returned to some research projects, including the galactic archaeology project, Galah. He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Canterbury and an Adjunct Researcher at Monash University. He is also Chair of the Christchurch-Adelaide Sister City Committee. Peter was also active in RASNZ including a term as President.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Film Night - October: Light Pollution - The Disappearing Darkness
Monday 28 Oct, 2019 at 20:00Hrs
Venue: Stardome Observatory
Speaker/Host: Gavin Logan

This months film is a documentary entitled "Light Pollution - The Disappearing Darkness" which tells about how growing light pollution around the world is affecting astronomy and our views of the night sky. It also covers some of the solutions for this problem.



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

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

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

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

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

This months film is a 2019 Documentary on Quantum Entanglement.
Einstein called it “spooky action at a distance,” but today quantum entanglement is poised to revolutionize technology from computers to cryptography. Physicists have gradually become convinced that the phenomenon—two subatomic particles that mirror changes in each other instantaneously over any distance—is real. But a few doubts remain. This documentary follows a ground-breaking experiment in the Canary Islands to use quasars at opposite ends of the universe to once and for all settle remaining questions. 

This Film is 1 hour 10 minutes long and will be the only film shown at this Film Night.



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

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

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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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