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.

2 weeks ago
Milky Way Kiwi

We published this article for the whole month of January 2018, but because the night sky is such a fascinating place with some many things going on, we thought we would provide a more detailed ... See more

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2 weeks ago
Te Awamutu Space Centre

How exciting! Congrats Dave - hopefully Robyn is coming through Wellington!

Look who left us a lovely card today. Thanks Robyn 🙂

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2 weeks ago
Emeline

KiwiStar lenses made in NZ advancing optical astronomy!

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2 weeks ago
Chris

Looking for something Space-y in Wellington to do with your kids over the holidays?

Morning all 🙂 I recently launched the Digital Learning Company and am running a series of tech summer programmes for school kids here in Wellington. We're focusing on space exploration and the ... See more

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2 weeks ago
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The 2nd and largest of the trilogy of the Supermoon happens tonight 2 Jan 2018. The 3rd Supermoon which takes place on 31st Jan will be the most interesting as it will be a Blood Moon as well as a ... See more

A supermoon is coming! On January 1, the full Moon will be at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth, making it a supermoon. Bundle up, get outside and look up! ... See more

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3 weeks ago
Night Sky - January 2018.pdf

Happy New Year!! Wishing you clear skies for 2018.

Night Sky for January 2018 courtesy of the University of Canterbury.

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3 weeks ago
Central Star Party 2018

Central Star Party has been established to hold annual star parties in the central North Island for the benefit of the astronomical community of the North Island of New Zealand. The goal of the ... See more

Please either; 1) Choose the number of tickets you require (1 ticket per person per night) from first column, or 2) Chose all 4 nights from the second column (1 ticket is for all 4 nights)

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3 weeks ago
The Christmas Tree in Space - Name A Star Live

Happy Christmas everyone! Thanks for your support. Looking forward to more fun times in the new year.

Here’s a holiday treat from outer space: The Christmas Tree Cluster! Imagine the beautiful green, wispy branches of a Christmas tree — adorned with red, blue and white lights — gracefully on ... See more

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1 month ago
ScienceAlert

Wheee!

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1 month ago
SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy

30 Doradus, or the Tarantula Nebula, as seen from 40,000 feet earlier this year. Learn more about our observations from the skies over New Zealand: https://go.nasa.gov/2eHqK6C #NASAbeyond

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