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.

23 hours ago
Wellington City Council

Great choice!

A new public sculpture at the 4 Plinths site (between Te Papa and Circa Theatre) launches this evening at 5.30pm. Other Worlds, by artist Ruth Watson, is part of the opening of NZ Festival and ... See more

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2 days ago

A bit cloudy but if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the Humanity Star tonight (Mon 19th Feb) from 11:07pm till 11:12pm. Look SSW and follow it to the W. It will be quite low getting up to ... See more

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5 days ago
GOOD

Bittersweet 😓

It marked the completion of its 30-year mission.

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6 days ago
Coming up on ReCooper8 Sunday 18 Feb

Interview with those involved the Dark Sky Initiative in South Wairarapa.

Tune into Arrow FM 92.7 on Sunday 18 Feb 8pm – 10pm, for a fun night of chat and music with Katie and Lucy! This month K&L will be chatting to Lee Mauger, Mark Gee and Her Worship the May…

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6 days ago
Physics-Astronomy.com

This Is The Very First Image Of A Black Hole

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1 week ago
WAS Astrophotography Group / Deep Sky Observing

We are going ahead with the event despite wind and possibility of clouds. At least we can see the fireworks. Bring water to drink and some snacks ... See more

We are going ahead with the event despite wind and possibility of clouds. At least we can see the fireworks. Bring water to drink and some snacks ... See more

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1 week ago
NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter

Lovely raw images!

New JunoCam raw images from my latest close flyby of Jupiter are available now.

Download, process + share https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam/processing

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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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