Astronomy & Geology Events


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 $20, seniors $15 and students (either primary or secondary) $5. 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.

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. 

Book Online, using the booking system

Stardate 2019
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd February (note date change). Price for whole event is: Adults and seniors $30, 5-15 years $5, under 5's are free. Camping or staying in RV is $10 (for either one or two nights). Voyager 2 will be performed at Stardate.  For those attending Stardate the cost is covered in the registration for Stardate, for those who come to the performance only, the cost is the same as attending Stardate.


Friday February 1st  

4:00 pm           Registration opens

                        Shop & Registrations throughout Stardate: Kay Leather

5:30 pm           Barbecue  with George Moutzouris

Friday Evening    Chair:  Geoff Palmer

7:00 pm           Official Opening        

7:10 pm           Wonders of our Summer Night Sky   Presentation by Richard Hall 

Using images from space telescopes we explore nebulae, star clusters, and weird and wonderful celestial objects in our summer evening night sky.  This will include the largest emission nebula within a million light-years.

8:00 pm           Tea/coffee

8:20pm                        Synergies in space – Mission to Mars               Presentation by Haritina Mogosanu

In September 2018 we went to Oxford Area School in a one-week immersive Mars experience.  This is a presentation about the project that we would like to offer to schools around New Zealand.

9.30 pm          Tour of the Night Sky followed by Telescope Viewing with Ian Cooper

11:00pm          Late Night Movie  

Saturday 2nd  February…..   Morning

10:30 am         Visit to Gladstone Vineyard  with Geoff Palmer

Saturday Afternoon     Chair Bernadette Whaanga

2:00 pm           Getting Started in Astrophotography                   Workshop with Ian Cooper and Andy Williams    

A look at what it takes when starting out, and just how quickly you can produce astro-images that you can be proud of!

3:00pm                        Tea/Coffee

3:20 pm           The Astronomical Unit           Presentation by Sam Leske                 

                        All about the ‘yardstick’ for measuring and scaling the Solar System.

4:00 pm            When will it be clear?                        Presentation by Ian Cooper

A guide to using the internet to work out if it will be a fine night for observing, and if not, when? 

5:00 pm           Dinner/Barbecue

Saturday Evening        Chair Ian Cooper       

7.00 pm           Mysteries of the Pyramids     Presentation by Kay Leather

Looking backward in time, and taking precession into account, we unravel the mysteries of the sphinx, the great pyramids of Giza, and the Aztec computer.

7.50 pm           Tea/coffee

8:10pm                        Solar Storm    Presentation by Richard Hall

Once thought to be “perfect” and unchanging, we now know that the Sun slowly fluctuates in brightness shifting and changing the climate on Earth.  In this presentation we look at solar activity and the ways in which it is responsible for the rise and fall of civilizations.

9:00 pm           Voyager

Take a journey through space and time to live music within the circle of stones at Stonehenge Aotearoa.  A musical tone poem by Keith Austin

10:00 pm         Tour of the Night Sky followed by Telescope Viewing with Ian Cooper

11:00pm          Late Night Movie

Sunday February 3rd  Morning

10:30am          Buy and Sell Market   with Kay Leather & Bernadette Whaanga

11:00am          Ancient Tales - Tour of Stonehenge Aotearoa          with Richard Hall

Stardate 2019 Fees

Registration Fee:  (all or part of Stardate 2019)         Adults  $30, 
                                                                                             Young persons (5 to 15 years) $5
                                                                                             Children (under 5): free

Camping Fee for weekend $10 per tent or caravan


  Voyager 2 Suite Artwork s,               

Stardate 2018                       
Group photo smStardate 2018 was the 30th annual Stardate


OPENING HOURS (seasonal)
Open 10am to 4pm:

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 Private Tours can be arranged on any day at a time by appointment.




Phone: (06) 377 1600
Postal address: P.O. Box 156, Carterton 5743
Street address: 51 Ahiaruhe Road, R.D.2 Carterton, 5792
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