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 June, that is the 6th of June at Space Place/Carter Observatory.  More details about this upcoming meeting will be posted here and on our Facebook page closer to the date.

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
Martinborough Dark Sky Society

Go Mitre 10!

P&K Martinborough and Mitre 10 New Zealand are going all out to protect our environment this month.

Not only leading the plastic bag free initiative, but also distributing our new Responsible ... See more

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1 week ago
Ancient Organics Discovered on Mars

Video explaining the latest discovery.

The Curiosity rover has discovered ancient organic molecules on Mars, embedded within sedimentary rocks that are billions of years old. News Release: https:/...

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1 week ago
NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter

More exciting news!

Just keep spinning, just keep spinning…

NASA approved an update to my science operations until July 2021, providing for an additional 41 months in orbit around Jupiter!

More info: ... See more

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1 week ago
ScienceAlert

WOW! This is amazing!!

Aliens...?

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1 week ago
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA is live now! https://www.facebook.com/NASA/videos/10156315115551772/

Join us for a lively discussion about two new Mars science results from NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover.

If you have questions about Mars, the Curiosity rover, or upcoming missions to the Red ... See more

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2 weeks ago
Astro Masterclass Photography Workshop

For those who have a strong interest in developing their astrophotography skills (it's not cheap!)
https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/astro-masterclass-photography-workshop/twizel

Astro Masterclass Photography Workshop, Our 4-day Astro Masterclass Workshop is ..., Twizel Town Centre, Twizel, Canterbury, 10 August 2018 - 13 August 201

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2 weeks ago

Thanks to WAS President Antony Gomez for giving such a great talk on the basics of telescopes. It was great to see such a good turnout despite the weather and also have such audience engagement ... See more

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2 weeks ago
NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter

More mysteries solved by Juno!

⚡️ mystery solved!

Ever since NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft flew past Jupiter in 1979, scientists have wondered about the origin of Jupiter’s lightning. I found out lightning on Jupiter is the ... See more

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2 weeks ago
New Zealand Students' Space Association

Awesome that one of the astronauts studied in Wellington!

Another major launch tonight, as three humans leave Kazakhstan for the International Space Station, including one who studied at Victoria University of Wellington!
Alex Gerst, far right in this ... See more

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2 weeks ago
New Horizons Wakes for Historic Kuiper Belt Flyby

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is "awake" and being prepared for the farthest planetary encounter in history – a New Year's Day 2019 flyby of the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule.

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