Welcome to the WAS website

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

Our next regular meeting will be held on the first Wednesday in March, that is the 7th of March at Space Place/Carter Observatory.  In addition to the usual program we will be having a talk by Dr Bruce Charlier from Victoria University about “Did a supernova trigger the birth of the solar system? Clues from the micro-analysis of space rocks”.  More details about this upcoming meeting will be posted here shorty.

There will be no observation evening at Tawa college this month.  However we are trying to arrange an astrophotography session at the Brooklyn wind turbine.  Details here and on the Facebook page when we know more.

A gentle reminder that our subscription year began in September, so WAS looks forward to receiving your subscription renewal if you haven’t done so already.  Renewal information can be found here.

What we do

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.

Our Facebook page is at this link.  The last few post from the Facebook page are included below for your viewing pleasure.

1 week ago
Space.com

Where is Starman headed now?

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1 week ago
Martinborough Dark Sky Society

Official confirmation from the International Dark Sky Association!

Official 3K City confirmation from the International Dark Sky Association (IDA)!

http://www.darksky.org/new-zealand-night-sky-enthusiasts-protect-the-dark/

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1 week ago
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Arrives in California for Final Assembly (Photos)

It won't be long now when this technological marvel will be capturing the light that has been traveling for over 13 billion years of those scruffy first galaxies in our early Universe.

The two halves of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope arrived at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California, on Feb. 2 for final assembly in preparation for launch in 2019.

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2 weeks ago
Hashem Al-Ghaili

Would you use this elevator??

A Japanese company wants to build a space elevator by 2050.

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2 weeks ago
TRAPPIST-1 Planets Could Harbor 250 Times More Water Than Earth's Oceans

One step closer to finding life, finding water!

The seven TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets are "tugging" on each other as they travel around their parent star, and with these observations, scientists found that some TRAPPIST-1 worlds could have 250 times…

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2 weeks ago

Thanks to Dr Kathy Campbell for her fantastic talk last night - who isn’t inspired to study hot springs now?!
Thanks also to the fantastic turnout from our members and the public.
Final thanks goes ... See more

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2 weeks ago
Square Kilometre Array

Building the largest radio telescope in the world!

In case you missed it: Our first SKA prototype dish was unveiled earlier this week, bringing together components from China, Germany, and Italy! Watch our short film celebrating this milestone with ... See more

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2 weeks ago
ScienceAlert

This is not a drill! A dummy called Starman just left Earth aboard the Falcon Heavy rocket, and it's sitting in a Tesla Roadster bound for a Mars orbit 😱 The livestream is absolutely incredible, ... See more

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2 weeks ago
Success! SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy Rocket on Historic Maiden Voyage

Wow!!

The first Falcon Heavy rocket built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX soared on its maiden voyage today (Feb. 6).

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2 weeks ago
Falcon Heavy Test Flight

Livestream of the Falcon Heavy Test Flight launch scheduled for 9:45 am Wed 7th Feb! - the launch time has been updated due to upper level winds.

When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 m...

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