Welcome to the WAS website

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

2022 RASNZ Calendars

The 2022 RASNZ calendars are now available from WAS. Normally we have them available in early December but this year there was a printing issue and they weren’t available until the New Year.

Featuring the very best of New Zealand astrophotography with some of the best images from the 2021 NZ Astrophotography Competition and astronomical events during 2022.

If you would like one of these please contact [email protected]. They are a bargain at $12 each.

2022 RASNZ Calendar

Upcoming Events

May 2022 Monthly Meeting

Our regular monthly meeting will be on Wednesday 4 May at 7.30 pm – at Space Place and on line.

Further details are available at https://www.was.org.nz/2022/05/may-2022-monthly-meeting/ or on our Facebook page and in the monthly newsletter.

Aotearoa Astrotourism Academy

The Aotearoa Astrotourism Academy is pleased to announce that the next course will be offered in Martinborough, 25-27 March 2022.

The course is designed for current or prospective astrotourism night-sky guides or for anyone interested in navigating the night sky and understanding more about astronomy. Places at the course are limited to 30.

Further details are available here.

2022 RASNZ Conference

This years RASNZ conference will be held in Whangarei on Queen’s Birthday Weekend, the 3rd June – 5th June. Further details of the conference and program are available here. You can register here.

Call for Volunteers

The construction of the observatories both in Wellington and at the dark sky site in the Wairarapa is ramping up. The equipment has been ordered and is starting to arrive. We are therefore looking for volunteers to help. All offers of help would be good, but if you have some particular skills that would be even better. Electrical, electronic, construction, computer and mechanical skills are all required to get these observatories up and running.

We normally have a number of outreach events scheduled over the next few months or so. They will start up again when we are at COVID Alert level one (or the equivalent under the new traffic light system). We have a team of volunteers who help with these events but we are always looking for new blood. These outreach events are very popular and attract lots of appreciative comments and oooooohs and aaaaaahs. Occasionally the appreciation even extends to a cup of tea and a biscuit. For a typical event we take 2 or 3 telescopes and let people look at the moon, planets etc. Volunteers require no particular astronomy knowledge or experience with using telescopes. In fact if you wish to learn how to use a telescope this would be an ideal opportunity as you will be working alongside experienced and knowledgeable people. In addition full training of 2 to 10 minutes may be provided before we let the hordes loose. The only equipment you will need to bring is warm jacket and, recommended but optional, a thick pair of socks.

If you can help our team of volunteers at one or more of these events please let us know by emailing [email protected] or [email protected].

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.

WAS Monthly Meeting location (red marker) when they resume.

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