Welcome to the WAS website

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

Note there will be no regular monthly meeting in January.  Our next regular meeting will be held on the first Wednesday in February 7th 2018.  In addition to the usual program we will be having a talk by Prof Kathy Campbell about “Hot springs and the search for life on early Earth and Mars”.

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.

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
Telescope Basics with Mark Thompson

Telescope basics with Mark Thompson!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ0IhSBNjvE&feature=youtu.be

New to the astronomy and not sure how to go about choosing your first telescope? TV astronomer and author Mark Thompson presents the basics.

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1 week ago
Stardome Observatory and Planetarium

Hello Aotearoa! What an amazing shot from ESA - European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet aboard the ISS.

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1 week ago
The Juno Space Probe Isn't Where It Should Be, And This Isn't The First Time It's Happened

It's a real mystery!

In the early 1960s, scientists developed the gravity-assist method, where a spacecraft would conduct a flyby of a major body in order to increase its speed. Many notable missions have used this ... See more

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2 weeks ago
National Geographic

Happening around 5am tomorrow morning 4th Dec 2017, the first of three events. Two more take place next month.

On the night of December 3, sky-watchers around the world can revel under the first—and last—full supermoon of the year.

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2 weeks ago
Night Sky - December 2017.pdf

Night Sky for December 2017 courtesy of the University of Canterbury.

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2 weeks ago
Ben

Just unbelievable.

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2 weeks ago
Wellington Astronomical Society 2017 Christmas Party

Join us for our Christmas Party, our last gathering for 2017.

B.Y.O.T. (Bring Your Own Telescope - if you have one)
B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Booze)
B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Dish - potluck dinner / ... See more

Join us for our Christmas Party, our last gathering for 2017.

B.Y.O.T. (Bring Your Own Telescope - if you have one)
B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Booze)
B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Dish - potluck dinner / ... See more

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2 weeks ago
I fucking love science

Oh look the earth is round!

An astronaut wore a GoPro in space. This is what he captured.

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2 weeks ago
Physics-Astronomy.com

What IS that?

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2 weeks ago
Rocket Lab

On December 8 NZDT, Rocket Lab will open a 10 day window in which our team will attempt to launch our second Electron rocket, Still Testing.

This second Electron launch from the Māhia Peninsula in ... See more

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