Welcome to the WAS website

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

The software we use to run the website is showing its age and giving problems. As a result the website is currently being updated with new software. You will noticed changes over the next while to the look and layout of the website. As always if you encounter major problems or have any suggestion for changes to the website please email us at [email protected].

Upcoming Events

Central Star Party 2021

When: Thursday 14th – Monday 18th January 2021
Where: Tuki Tuki Camp, Hawkes Bay.

The sixth Central Star Party will be held from Thursday 14th to Monday 18th of January 2021 and will be held at the Tuki Tuki Camp site in Hawkes Bay. This is the site of many previous star parties. Central Star Party has been established to hold annual star parties in the central North Island for the benefit of the astronomical community of the North Island of New Zealand. The goal of the organisers is to provide a fun, social astronomical gathering laced with talks and activities. If you are interested in going or have any questions please contact Antony at [email protected] or on 021 253 4979. Bookings and more details are available at https://censtar.party/

February Monthly Meeting

Our regular monthly meetings will resume in February 2021. First meeting will be Wednesday 3rd of February at our regular venue, SpacePlace / Carter Observatory. More details here and on our Facebook page closer to the date.

Call for Volunteers

With the COVID-19 lock alert in phase 1, WAS resume our astronomy outreach activities. We have a number of these events already scheduled over the next month or so and we are expecting more requests to come in. We have a team of volunteers who help with these events but because these events are very popular we are receiving more requests than usual and our volunteers are being stretched. In particularly we are receiving many requests from schools around Matariki.

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.