Astronomy & Geology Events

Wairarapa:                                            Astronomy Events 2017
The Phoenix Astronomical Society meetings are at the Stonehenge Aotearoa site. This allows us (weather permitting) to hold an observing session after the meeting. 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


Stonehenge Public lectures 2017
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Full details of local accommodation are available on the accommodation subpage under Booking Your Visit.

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Forge of the Gods
Saturday February 17th at 7:30pm

The most brilliant constellation in our summer evening sky is Orion – The Hunter.  Beyond these bright stars is a vast dark cosmic cloud.  On the wall of this cloud is the Orion Nebula - a glowing crater in which new stars and planetary systems are forming.  In this presentation we explore wonders of Orion and the process of star and planet birth. Afterwards, weather permitting, we will observe the Orion Nebula and other wonders of the night sky through one of our large telescopes. Bookings recommended.  Fee: Adults $20, Seniors $15, Children $5.   

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The Celestial Argonauts
Saturday March 17th at 7:30pm

The ancient constellation of Argo Navis, the Ship of the Argonauts, encompasses one of the most brilliant regions of the Milky Way.  Here we find the Great Nebula in Carina – a vast cloud of glowing gas studded with stars and star clusters. At its heart can be Eta Carinae - a colossal unstable star - the brightest star known in the Galaxy.  In this presentation we explore the wonders of Argo Navis and, weather permitting, we observe them through one of our large telescopes. Bookings recommended.  Fee: Adults $20, Seniors $15, Children $5.  

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Tales of the Autumn Equinox
Wednesday March 21st at 7pm

In the ancient world the Autumn Equinox was one of the most important days in the year. It marked a time of change in the seasons and the tasks of the people. Weather permitting our program begins with observing the Sun set on the Equinox Heel Stone at Stonehenge Aotearoa.  This will be followed by a shared meal and a presentation on the stories and legends associated with this equinox. This will include Easter, Halloween and the ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’.  Bookings recommended.  Fee: Adults $20, Seniors $15, Children $5.    

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Friday June 15th to Sunday 17th at Stonehenge Aotearoa


Winter Stardate will be a three day convention for people interested in astronomy and viewing our magnificent night sky. It caters for people of all levels of knowledge with a range of talks, workshops, kids programs, field trips, movies and observing sessions. At this time of the year the most spectacular regions of the Milky-Way pass overhead. This is something that cannot be seen from the northern hemisphere. In addition, the planets Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be in our evening sky. Large telescopes will be available to explore the wonders of the Universe. Stardate also includes feasting and live music.


Stardate will be held at the grounds, observatories 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 – all part of the Carterton Winter Festival.

Programs run on the afternoons and evenings of June 15, 16 and 17th. Camping and caravan sites are available to those who wish to stay overnight. For those who do not wish to camp or caravan full details of local accommodation are available on our web site.

Registration fees, which covers the entire 3 day program, are $45 for adults, $30 for young person between 10 & 18 years $5 for children under 10. Plus there is an additional $10 fee for each camp or caravan. To book or for further information please email Kay at, or phone 06 377 1600.
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7pm Saturday June 16th at Stonehenge Aotearoa


The brightest and most spectacular region of the Milky-Way pass overhead on a winter’s evening. Here we are looking towards galactic centre. In this presentation we take you on a grand tour of our galaxy – The Milky Way. Using images from the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes we explore spectacular star systems, clusters and nebulae. Finally we journey beyond the stars and milky-way in our sky to galactic centre. Here we explore the brilliant central hub of our galaxy and encounter the most awesome object in the Milky Way – a titanic black hole. After the presentation, weather permitting, we will observe the wonders of our winter night sky through one of our large telescopes.


Bookings recommended. This special program is part of the Winter Stardate. For those not registered for Stardate the fee for the evening will be: Adults $20, Seniors $15, Children $5. To book or for further information please email Kay at, or phone 06 377 1600.

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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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