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.

1 week ago
TRAPPIST-1 Planets Could Harbor 250 Times More Water Than Earth's Oceans

One step closer to finding life, finding water!

The seven TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets are "tugging" on each other as they travel around their parent star, and with these observations, scientists found that some TRAPPIST-1 worlds could have 250 times…

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1 week ago

Thanks to Dr Kathy Campbell for her fantastic talk last night - who isn’t inspired to study hot springs now?!
Thanks also to the fantastic turnout from our members and the public.
Final thanks goes ... See more

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1 week ago
Square Kilometre Array

Building the largest radio telescope in the world!

In case you missed it: Our first SKA prototype dish was unveiled earlier this week, bringing together components from China, Germany, and Italy! Watch our short film celebrating this milestone with ... See more

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1 week ago
ScienceAlert

This is not a drill! A dummy called Starman just left Earth aboard the Falcon Heavy rocket, and it's sitting in a Tesla Roadster bound for a Mars orbit 😱 The livestream is absolutely incredible, ... See more

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1 week ago
Success! SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy Rocket on Historic Maiden Voyage

Wow!!

The first Falcon Heavy rocket built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX soared on its maiden voyage today (Feb. 6).

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2 weeks ago
Falcon Heavy Test Flight

Livestream of the Falcon Heavy Test Flight launch scheduled for 9:45 am Wed 7th Feb! - the launch time has been updated due to upper level winds.

When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 m...

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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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2 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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