Wairarapa: Astronomy Events 2019
The Phoenix Astronomical Society meetings (Trek around the Cosmos) are at the Stonehenge Aotearoa site. This allows us (weather permitting) to hold an observing session after the meeting. TPAS members free entry. Public can register to come to meetings: Adults $15, seniors $10 and students (either primary or secondary) $5. Family $15 (4 people: 1 or 2 adults and children)You can book in using the booking system or contact us 06 3771600.
In 2019 meetings will be on the 1st Saturday of the month. In 2020 they will be on the third Saturday of the month
What many people do not know is that we have an observatory with large telescopes adjacent to Stonehenge. Using images from space telescopes each evening will include a presentation on the latest discoveries from observatories around the world plus a special presentation on something in our current night sky. The evening will conclude, weather permitting, with a tour of the night sky and viewing celestial wonders through large telescopes.
Stardates will be held every 3 months and will replace that month's meeting, next Orion Stardate Feb, 21-23 2020.
|Orion Stardate, Feb 21-23, 2020|
|Centaurus Stardate, 22-24 May 2020|
|Scorpius Stardate, August 21-23 2020|
Stardate 2019, 31st annual Stardate
|15 & 16 February||Introduction to Astronomy
Part 1 (Saturday) – Putting things in perspective: We will talk about distances of the Moon and the planets. We will learn about our place in the universe, the cosmic perspective and then, moving closer to home, we will have a look at the solar system, the planets, asteroids and our Moon.
Part 2 (Sunday) – Navigating the changing sky: Constellations, the zodiac, and asterisms. We also look at the tools that help our understanding of the night sky: the armillary sphere, the planisphere, and the sextant. Travelling from one pole to the other, we will look at changes in the night sky. We will learn about magnitudes and the qualities of the night sky, light pollution and why we should care about it.
|Adults $100 (for 2 days)
Primary or secondary students $10
|Weather permitting includes
telescope viewing of night sky 8pm - late
The course will include imaging with DSLR and mobile phones, and the photography of the Moon and planets.
|Adults $59; Seniors $48; School students $30||4 - 8 pm||The course is followed by, weather permitting, photography and telescope observing.|