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.

2 weeks ago

TOMORROW: our monthly meeting and a great opportunity to see Dr Kathleen Campbell talk about life on Mars!
It's free and anyone can attend 🙂

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2 weeks ago
SpaceX Confirms Its First Falcon Heavy Rocket Will Attempt a Triple Landing

This is going to be spectacular to watch!! The first Falcon Heavy Rocket launch, if successful, will not only send Elon Musk's Telsa car on a trajectory near Mars, but they will attempt to land all 3 ... See more

When SpaceX launches its first Falcon Heavy rocket this week, the company is going to attempt something never done before: a rocket landing triple play.

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2 weeks ago
OU astrophysicists discover planets in extragalactic galaxies using microlensing

This is farout science, discovering planets in a galaxy 3.8 billion lightyears away!!

A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team has discovered for the first time a population of planets beyond the Milky Way galaxy. Using microlensing--an astronomical phenomenon and the only known ... See more

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3 weeks ago
IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach

NZ has the largest dark sky reserve in the world!!!

#NOCnewzealand The Aoraki McKenzie International Dark Sky Reserve (AMIDSR) is the largest in the world and encompasses the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory, as well as the towns of ... See more

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3 weeks ago
Graham

A fantastic mosaic by Graham up in Napier!

Here's a little follow up from this morning in Napier...

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3 weeks ago
Night Sky - February 2018.pdf

Night Sky in February 2018 - Courtesy of the University of Canterbury.

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3 weeks ago
Graham

In case you missed it here is a spectacular shot from Graham in the Hawkes Bay

Do not adjust your screens... This is a single image direct from the camera. And yes, those are stars filling the sky behind the moon during mid eclipse.

I wish more people could have had clear sky, ... See more

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3 weeks ago
I fucking love science

Since it is clouded over in Wellington, you can still watch the lunar eclipse in the comfort of your home here 🙂

11:51 p.m. Wed, 31 Jan
Penumbral Eclipse begins
The Earth's penumbra start touching ... See more

LIVE: Watch the first super blue blood moon for 150 years.

The total lunar eclipse will begin at 7.52am EST.

Don't miss it, it will be spectacular.

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3 weeks ago
1 NEWS

We are planning to be at the Wellington waterfront by the bridge near the lagoon with telescopes from 11:30pm to 3am. The weather forecast is for full cloud cover but we will keep you posted as to ... See more

Unless you think you have the wherewithal to wait 150 years for the next one, you might want to take a gander up at the sky tonight for the very rare super/blue/blood moon. 🌕

Read more 👉 ... See more

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3 weeks ago
SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy

Want to see inside our flying mission control center? Take this 3-D virtual tour: http://go.nasa.gov/2F81OzU

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