Wairarapa: Astronomy Events 2018
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.
Tales of the Solstice
7pm Saturday December 22nd at Stonehenge Aotearoa
Sundown on the 22nd is the time of Solstice - mid-summer in the southern hemisphere, mid-winter in the north. But, 2,000 years ago this solstice occurred on December 25th. At Stonehenge Aotearoa we have put together a special presentation on legends associated with the solstice: What was the ‘Star of Bethlehem’, who were the ‘Three Kings’ and, just who were those ‘Shepherds watching their flocks by night’? Who was ‘Father Christmas’ and why did Rudolf have a red nose? In this presentation we look at the astronomical events and astrological meanings that lay at the foundation of many of our traditions and spiritual beliefs.
The program includes, weather permitting, viewing the Sun set over the Summer Solstice Heel Stone. Bookings are essential. Fee: Adults $20, Seniors $15, Children $5
Book Online, using the booking system