Welcome to the WAS website

Wellington Astronomical Society is an incorporated society and registered charity for promoting astronomy in and around the Wellington region.

Upcoming Events

Our regular Society Meeting will be held at Space Place 3rd of July 19:30 – 21:30 For further details of the meeting are available here and on Facebook.

Astronomy Night – The Stars of Matariki, Naenae Library, Hillary Court, Naenae, Friday 5th July, 6 pm.

WAS Astrophotography group / Dark Sky Observing – Saturday 6th of July from 7.00 pm, Star Field – John Whitby’s dark sky site.  Further details closer to the date.

Wellington Explorers – Matt Reading Saturday 6th of July 6 – 8 pm The Lookout Reserve, which runs off the end off The Quarterdeck, off Ayton Drive, Whitby.  Further details are here.

Movie Screening – The Dish – Saturday 20th July, 6 pm, Walter Nash Centre, 20/22 Taine St, Taita, Lower Hutt

Stargazers Getaway – The North Otago Astronomical Society Inc will be holding this event  from Friday August 30 to Sunday September 1 at Camp Iona in Herbert.  Email Co-ordinator, Damien McNamara  [email protected] for details if you are interested in attending.

Beatrice Hill-Tinsley Lecture – Held in conjunction with the RASNZ Lecture Trust Inc.  This years lecture will held on Tuesday 15th October.  More detail and location information will be here and on our Facebook page closed to the date.

The New Zealand Starlight Conference  will be held at Tekapo, New Zealand from the 20th to the 23rd of October.  Further details including booking information can be found here.

NASA Apollo 11 in Real Time

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing NASA has created a website where you can follow the moon landing in real time.  This website replays the Apollo 11 mission as it happened, 50 years ago. It consists entirely of historical material, all timed to Ground Elapsed Time–the master mission clock. Footage of Mission Control, film shot by the astronauts, and television broadcasts transmitted from space and the surface of the Moon, have been painstakingly placed to the very moments they were shot during the mission, as has every photograph taken, and every word spoken.

Visit it at https://apolloinrealtime.org/11/


Flatulence and the Apollo missions 

The BBC have an interesting article about the health problems encountered by the Apollo astronauts.   This article has interesting snippets such as excessive flatulence caused by their diet.  Doesn’t sound like much fun in a space suit.

The article can be found http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190617-apollo-in-50-numbers-medicine-and-health.


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