7pm Thursday December 21, at Stonehenge Aotearoa
December 22 is the time of a solstice – mid-summer in the southern hemisphere, mid-winter in the north. But 2000 years ago, this solstice occurred on December 25. 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 one of the world’s great religions.
The programme includes a shared meal and, weather permitting, viewing the Sun set over the Summer Solstice Heel Stone. Bookings are essential. Phoenix members free. Non-members: Adults $15, Seniors $12, Children $8.
Friday 19 to Sunday 21 January, at Stonehenge Aotearoa
This will be the 30th annual Stardate held in New Zealand! Book your place today.
Stardate 2018 is a three-day convention for people interested in astronomy, geology and viewing the night sky. It caters for people of all levels of knowledge with a range of talks, workshops, kids’ programmes, field trips, movies and observing sessions. A large variety of telescopes will be available to explore the wonders of the Universe. Stardate also includes feasting and live music. It is the place to meet other people and share ideas.
Stardate will be held at the grounds and lecture theatre at Stonehenge Aotearoa. The site provides spectacular scenery and near perfect observing conditions. Plus there are lots of interesting places and activities nearby – vineyards, seal colony, ballooning, swimming, boating, walking tracks, cycling tours, etc. The programme runs on 19, 20 and 21 January but attendees will be able to arrive earlier or stay later by arrangement. Camping and caravans is the order of the day. Barbecues will be available. For those who do not wish to camp or caravan, full details of local accommodation are available on our website.
Registration fees for 3 days are $45 for adults, $30 for young persons between 10 and 18 years, $5 for children under 10. There is an additional $10 fee for each camp or caravan per night. To book or for further information, please email Kay at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 06 377 1600.
Day Pass fees are $20 adults, $15 seniors, $5 school students.( Day passes begin at 10am or in time for the field trip and end at 4pm, do not include evening observing).
Friday 19th Evening Chair: Geoff Palmer
7:00pm The Trapezium Presentation by Richard Hall
8:15pm Upcoming Lunar Eclipses with Ian Cooper
8:35pm Destination Mars Presentation by Josh Gross
9:25pm Summer Night Sky (audio visual)
10:00pm Laser Tour of the Night Sky with Ian Cooper
Followed by Telescope Viewing
11:00pm Late Night Movie
Saturday 20th Morning From 10:30am
Wine Tasting at Gladstone Vineyard or Castle Point Fun Fair with Geoff Palmer
11:00am Ancient Tales - Tour of Stonehenge Aotearoa with Richard Hall
Saturday Afternoon Chair: Ian Cooper
2:00pm Children’s Astronomy Programme with George Moutzouris
3:30pm Plate Tectonics, Mantle Plumes and Magmatism on Earth Presentation by Professor .John Gamble
4:30pm Group Photo and Telescope Trail with tour guide Ian Cooper
Saturday Evening Chair: George Moutzouris
7:00pm What the Heck?! - Unexplained Mysteries of the Universe Presentation by James Smith
8:15pm Mysteries of the Mayans Presentation by Kay Leather
9:15pm Listen to the Stars Music with Stefan Brown, Doctor Rob, Piripi & Bernadette Whaanga
10:00pm Telescope Viewing & Late Night Movie
Sunday 21st Morning
9:30am Putangirua Pinnacles Field Trip with Helen Hawk & Richard Hall
Sunday Afternoon Chair: Trish Green
3:00pm Buy & Sell Market with Kay Leather and Bernadette Whaanga
4:00pm Worlds around Red Dwarfs Presentation by Edwin Rodley
4:40pm Time Travel – The Possibilities Presentation by George Moutzouris
Sunday Evening Chair:Richard Hall
7:00pm Stardate 1988 to 2018 – a celebration of Stardate’s 30th year Presentation by Ian Cooper
8:15pm The Great Astro Quiz with Edwin Rodley and Felicity Kirkham
8:45pm Visions of the Cosmos followed by Telescope Viewing
Stardate will be held at the grounds and lecture theatre at Stonehenge Aotearoa near Carterton . The site provides spectacular scenery and near perfect observing conditions. Plus there are lots of interesting places and activities nearby – vineyards, seal colony, ballooning, swimming, boating, walking tracks, cycling tours, etc. The program runs on 19, 20 and 21st of January but attendees will be able to arrive earlier and/or stay later by arrangement. Camping and caravans is the order of the day. For those who do not wish to camp full details of local accommodation are available on our web site. Registration fees are $45 for adults. Young persons (10 to 18 years) $30, children (under 10) $5. For those staying on site there is an additional fee of $10 per tent or caravan per night. To book or for further information please email Kay at email@example.com, or phone 06 377 1600, or visit our web site www.stonehenge-aotearoa.co.nz
Stonehenge Public lectures 2017
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Sigurd Magnusson took this shot of the Milky Way over Stonehenge Aotearoa