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

Our next regular WAS meeting will be on Wednesday the 1st of May at 7:30pm.  Please note the change of venue for this month’s meeting. The meeting will be held in the Board Room at NZ Post House on Waterloo Quay, Wellington, and not at Space Place, Carter Observatory. Enter from the south side of the building and a receptionist will point the way to the meeting room (venue change is only for May, back to normal next month).

For further details of the meeting see here and on our Facebook page.

WAS Astrophotography group / Dark Sky Observing – Saturday 4th May 7.00 pm, Star Field – John Whitby’s dark sky site.  Further details are here.

Known as “The Pope’s Astronomer,” Br Guy Consolmagno SJ will be delivering a free public lecture on the 7th May at the Notre Dame des Missions Performing Arts Centre, Sacred Heart College, 65 Laings Road, Lower Hutt.  Note registration is essential.  Further details are here.

May Starparty – Wellington Water Front – Saturday 11 May, 6 pm – 10pm.  Further details are here.

Martinborough Maths Craft Day – Martinborough Town Hall – 8 Texas Street, 10 am – 5 pm 26th May.   For more information see the link here.

The RASNZ 2019 Conference will be held in New Plymouth 17 – 19 May and will be followed by the 13th Trans-Tasman Symposium on Occultations.  Further details are here.


NASA has created posters featuring a group photo of the crew for all of the Space Station mission since 2000.   These posters were used to advertise expeditions and were also hung in NASA facilities.  Below is a typical example.  

NASA Poster

You can see more of them here

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.