August 2022 Monthly Meeting

When: Wednesday 3rd August at 7:30 pm.
Where: Space Place / Carter Observatory and also available via Zoom. Join the Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 898 5793 4315
Passcode: 12345
What: The Winter Scorpion – Becky Bateman

Note: The cable car is currently closed for maintenance is is not running.


Scorpius is one of the oldest constellations in the sky and one of the most familiar. In New Zealand it is in the evening sky all winter and is well known for being the enemy of Orion. But Scorpius also has a fascinating history. In this talk, Becky Bateman (who founded the Wairarapa stargazing business Under the Stars) will lead you on a journey through time and space, delving into legends and myths about this shape from all around the world – with a bit of navigation thrown in. 

Becky Bateman started a nomadic stargazing business called Under The Stars from scratch four years ago. She teaches courses for beginners throughout the Wairarapa. She is a member of the Dark Sky Committee, aiming to make the Wairarapa a Dark Sky Reserve. She has been asked to help create new stargazing spaces within the Wairarapa and in Nelson.

Becky grew up in the UK and would go stargazing with her dad (although they could see only Orion and the Moon). Becky has a degree in science teaching. After emigrating to New Zealand, she worked at the Carter Observatory as educator and public programmer. She is a former WAS Council Member.

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