International Day of Women and Girls in Astronomy 2020

Owing to changed circumstances we have had to cancel this event

February 11th marks the celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (Astronomy), which was established within the framework of the United Nations’ International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

As part of celebrating International Women in Science (Astronomy) Day which takes place on the 11th February, the Wellington Astronomical Society is holding a Women and Girls in Astronomy Day event at the Wellington Waterfront (by the bridge over the lagoon near Frank Kitts Park) Saturday 29th February, 6:00 pm.

In 2019, we celebrated the achievements of women like Katie Bouman, who helped develop the algorithm that created the first-ever image of a black hole, and Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, who completed the first all-female spacewalk on 18th October.

Christina Koch also broke records for the longest space mission by a woman. She surpassed NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson’s previously established record from 2017. The 40-year-old Expedition 61 flight engineer exceeded Whitson’s record of 289 days, 5 hours and 1 minute on Saturday (Dec. 28) at 6:16 p.m. CST (0016 GMT on Dec. 29).

WAS would like to support more women in science and astronomy so if you know someone that may be interested in getting involved with the society, please encourage them to come along to the monthly society meetings or our observing events.

Come along to this free event and see the Moon, and other spectacular objects in the night sky through a telescope. Meet many of the women members of our Society who will be operating the telescopes.

We are holding this event early so families, especially with young girls, can be inspired in Space and Science by looking through the telescopes.

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