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 April, that is the 5th of April 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.

4 hours ago
Photos from Wellington Astronomical Society's post

Last night's Global Starparty down at the Wellington waterfront. It was buzzing with people going to the Noodle Night market and the Killers concert. Many were amazed at seeing the craters on the ... See more

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6 hours ago
Photos from Wellington Astronomical Society's post

Thanks to everyone who came down to the waterfront today to look (safely) at the sun! We’ve included some photos of our favourite constellations as designed by you! Great to see so much ... See more

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12 hours ago

Don’t forget it’s our annual Sun Day event today! Come on down and you can get up close and personal with the sun and look at it (spots n all) through a solar scope and design your own ... See more

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1 day ago
NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter

Let the storm rage on. See Jupiter’s iconic Great Red Spot and surrounding turbulent zones in this new view captured during my latest flyby of the planet. ... See more

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3 days ago
Martinborough Dark Sky Society

See if you can rate the night sky where you live.

We use the Bortle Scale to classify how polluted the night sky is. Here in Martinborough we're aiming to retain our class 1 status.

Since it's Dark Sky Week, take a look outside and see if you can ... See more

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3 days ago
Stars and Constellations

Long lost planets of our solar system!

Meteoric Diamonds Are Evidence of Long Lost Planets
Diamonds found in meteorites on Earth may have come from an ancient long-dead planet the size of Mercury or Mars, the first potential known relics ... See more

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5 days ago
SpaceX Rocket Launching NASA's TESS Exoplanet Hunter Today: Watch Live

Launch has been postponed for 48 hours due to a technical issue.

(Launching around 10:30am this morning 17th April. Watch it live!)

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is scheduled to launch today (April 16) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and you can watch the action live.

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1 week ago
Concrete Playground Wellington

Start saving now!!!

It comes with an astronomical price, with a 12-day trip starting at a cool US$9.5 million.

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1 week ago
Physics-Astronomy.com

This is why it’s good to be able to see the stars when you look up at night. It reminds us how small and insignificant we really are...

Fraction of a dot. #space

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1 week ago
This NASA Video Tour of the Moon in 4K Is Simply Breathtaking

Pretty amazing tour of our nearest neighbour!

Images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter are not only helping planners with future human missions to the moon, but are also revealing new information about the moon's evolution and structure.

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