Welcome to the WAS website

Wellington Astronomical Society is an incorporated society and registered charity for promoting astronomy in and around the Wellington region.

Poster for mid winter dinner

Midwinter Dinner

We are organising a midwinter dinner on Saturday 15th of July.  If you would like more information or would like to attend then please click this link.

If you have any suggestions for things you would like to see on our website then please email the webmaster or fill out the “Contact Us” form.

We also have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WellingtonAstronomicalSociety.  The last few post from the Facebook page are below for your viewing pleasure.

5 hours ago
SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy

Join us live from inside the observatory's mission control center! Today at 1:15 pm PDT, 4:15 pm EDT, 8:15 am NZST! #NASAbeyond

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15 hours ago
SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy

SOFIA's back! 😍

From the skies over New Zealand, we will study star formation in nearby galaxies, a supernova, the New Horizons spacecraft's next flyby target, and more! Details: https://go.nasa.gov/2sLHkbk ... See more

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15 hours ago
New Scientist

New spacecraft will use powerful lasers to measure ripples in spacetime from supermassive black holes

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23 hours ago
Astronomy Night

Celebrate Matariki with a talk from Ockie Simmonds on Māori astronomy and the maramataka (lunar calendar).

In Ockie's own words: “The traditional maramataka is used for all activities, planting, ... See more

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1 day ago
Space.com

An unseen object with a mass somewhere between that of Earth and Mars could be lurking in the Kuiper Belt.

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1 day ago
HuttZone – 20170622 – Stargazing at Hutt City Libraries with Ockie Simmonds

Listen again to Thursday’s The Hutt Zone radio show with Ellen Cunliffe and John MacDonald.

Looking into the skies to see the star group Matariki for Maori New Year and want to understand more? ... See more

Looking into the skies to see the star group Matariki for Maori New Year and want to understand more? Then here’s Ellen Cunliffe talking to Maori astronomy expert and Taita resident Ockie Simmonds ... See more

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2 days ago
Spaceweather.com

Sprites ..... or an alien spaceship! 😉

JELLYFISH SPRITES OVER EUROPE: On June 20th, a thunderstorm in Austria unleashed a spectacular display of lightning. Observers on the ground witnessed blinding flashes of crackling light. The most ... See more

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2 days ago
Te Awamutu Space Centre

Te Awamutu Courier - June 22nd, 2017

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4 days ago
Timeline Photos

Happy Winter Solstice!! We move back into longer days at 4:24pm today. Time to celebrate!!

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4 days ago
WAS Astrophotography Group / Deep Sky Observing

We have special access to go up to the Brooklyn Hill Tubine to trial this site both for astrophotography and dark sky observing. Please be at the gates by 7:15pm. The gates will be opened for cars to ... See more

We have special access to go up to the Brooklyn Hill Tubine to trial this site both for astrophotography and dark sky observing. Please be at the gates by 7:15pm. The gates will be opened for cars to ... See more

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