Astronomy & Geology Events


Wairarapa:                                            Astronomy Events 2018

The Phoenix Astronomical Society meetings 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. 

Trek around the Cosmos is a regular  monthly astronomy evening.  

For the first half of this year, in general, the most favourable date was the 3rd Saturday of the month. However, due to the difference between a lunar and a calendar month, this has now shifted to the 2nd Saturday of the month. Consequently, as from August meetings will move to the 2nd Saturday of the month. The schedule for the rest of the year is therefore as follows:                     

October 13       (2nd Saturday)

November 10  (2nd Saturday)

December 8     (2nd Saturday)

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. 

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Our Milky Way Galaxy is part of a cluster of more than 50 galaxies called the ‘Local Group’.  This cluster includes M31 the Great Galaxy in Andromeda and M33 the spiral galaxy in Triangulum. These along with many other ‘Local Group’ members are visible in a spring evening sky.  In this presentation we explore the nature and evolution of the ‘Local Group’ and, weather permitting, track them down in the observatory telescopes.

Telescope Viewing

Following the presentation (and tea) there will be, weather permitting, a laser tour of the night sky followed by telescope viewing. 

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Stardate 2019
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th January

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


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