October Monthly Meeting

When: Wednesday 7th October at 7.30pm

Where: Space Place, Carter Observatory in the Botanical Gardens.
The meeting will also be available via Zoom. To watch online, use this link https://zoom.us/j/92185352821?pwd=dGpZVytQSll2WFlyV2NvcTBTSXZ0dz09

What: A Journey Through the Southern Sky – Stephen Chadwick

WAS meeting are open to anyone, not just WAS members.

This month’s meeting will contain the following:

  • Night sky in October
  • Astronomy News
  • Main talk at 8:00 pm
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A Journey Through the Southern Sky – Stephen Chadwick.

In this talk Stephen will discuss some of his favourite photos of deep sky astronomical objects that he has taken over the last 12 years. He will then present two unique audio/visual displays that put these objects, and many more, into context to help us understand where they are in the night sky. In the first video we will be taken on a journey through the part of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, that rides high above New Zealand. In the second video we will leave our own galaxy and, firstly, explore our close galactic neighbours – the Magellanic Clouds – before heading off to look at some of the most distant galaxies that can be captured using amateur astronomical equipment.

Stephen lives under the dark skies of coastal Manawatu. During the day he lectures in astronomy and philosophy at Massey University, Palmerston North. During the night he is a keen astrophotographer and in 2011 his first book, Imaging the Southern Sky, which contains over 150 of his own deep-sky images taken from the observatory he built in his garden, was published by Springer.  The book had a foreword by Sir Patrick Moore, written just a few weeks before he died.  Since then Stephen’s deep-sky images have appeared in international magazines, newspapers and scholarly journals, and have been used on BBC TV. Over the last six years, Stephen has staged exhibitions of his work and held evening presentations showcasing his images using live musical accompaniments throughout New Zealand. He also hosts the annual New Zealand Astrophotography Weekend in Foxton Beach.

Stephen is also fascinated by the starlore of Māori, Polynesian and Australian Aboriginal peoples and how knowledge of the night sky was used by, and helped shape, these cultures. In 2017, Springer published his second book, The Great Canoes in the Sky: Starlore and Astronomy of the South Pacific, (with a forward by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell) which encapsulated his interests in scientific astronomy, astrophotography and starlore in the South Pacific region.


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