Welcome to the WAS website

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

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and WAS – UPDATE

The next meeting on the 5th of August at 7:30pm will be back at the usual location, at Space Place / Carter Observatory. We will be streaming the meeting using Zoom for people who don’t wish to attend at Space Place. Details of the meeting will be here and on out Facebook page together with information on how to participate via Zoom closer to the meeting date.

Our meetings are open to both members and non-members, all welcome.

In view of the current COVID-19 level 1 situation all of our events are currently cancelled. We hope to be able to start holding events shortly. In the mean time our policy remains as below:

  • WAS Society monthly meetings at Space Place are resuming. They will also be available via Zoom for those unable to attend in person.
  • Public events, such as the events we run on the Wellington waterfront and school events are resuming. We have a large number of events already booked and are looking for volunteers to help. Please see the call for volunteers section below.
  • The Beatrice Hill Tinsley public lecture tour is postponed.  We hope to be able to run this later in the year depending on overseas travel restrictions and the availability of speakers.
  • The RASNZ centennial conference scheduled for May was postponed.    RASNZ Council has now set the date for the 2020 AGM and Conference for the Weekend (23-25 October 2020). Note that these new arrangements are themselves subject to further postponement depending on what restrictions remain on activities at that time.  More information will be here and on the RASNZ website if there are changes.
  • We will continue to produce and distribute our monthly news letter.   

As things change we will update this web page and our Facebook page with any news or updates.  If you have any questions, suggestions, or for further information please email [email protected]

Call for Volunteers

With the COVID-19 lockdown now in phase 1, WAS has begun to 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]

At home and bored? We have a page of things for adults and kids of things to do and read. If you have a question about space or astronomy as a result you can use the “contact us” web page to ask questions. We hope you all stay safe and well.  Hopefully normal activity will resume before too long.

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.