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

June Astrophotography / Dark Sky Observing

When: Saturday 12th June from 7:00pm.
Where: Star Field, Wairarapa.

The evening will be a dark sky, two days before New Moon. There will be a tour of the Night Sky for beginners with a pointer before we get on the telescopes. There is also a lot of expertise available for anyone wanting to photograph the Night Sky. (more…)

Night Time Mysteries

When: Saturday 19th June from 6:00 pm
Where: Wainuiomata Recreation Area.

Wellington Astronomical Society has teamed up with Remutaka Conservation Trust to bring you this exclusive FREE event.

Registration is required. For more details about this event and registration information please see this link.

July Monthly Meeting

When: Wednesday 7th July at 7:30 pm
Where: Museum Wellington, 3 Jervois Quay, Wellington. Will also be accessible via Zoom.

Note the change in venue. Further details of the event will be here and on our Facebook page closer to the date.

Note our meeting are open to everyone. You don’t need to be a member to attend.

Upcoming Astronomy Events

Winter Solstice – Monday 21 June 3:32 pm

Aphelion – Tuesday, 6 July 2021 at 10:27 a.m. Earth is furthest distance from the Sun.
Distance from the Sun’s centre to Earth’s centre will be 152,100,527 km

Call for Volunteers

With the COVID-19 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.

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