Wairarapa: Astronomy Events 2020
(PLEASE CHECK TO MAKE SURE EVENTS ARE NOT CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19)
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 $15, seniors $10 and students (either primary or secondary) $5. Family $15 (4 people: 1 or 2 adults and children)You can book in using the booking system or contact us 06 3771600. In 2020 meetings will be on the third 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.
Stargazing and telescope viewing every Friday and Saturday evening
At Stonehenge Aotearoa we have been developing astronomy programmes for visitors and locals. Two top astronomer/teachers, Sam Leske and Haritina Mogosanu, have joined our team and run stargazing and large telescope viewing programmes every Friday and Saturday evening. In addition, they are developing science courses and school astronomy programmes. So come with us on a trek into deep space and explore the wonders of the universe.
The programme starts at 8 pm. For the public the fee is: Adults $15; Seniors $10; School students $5; Phoenix Society members no charge. Bookings are recommended.
This two-day beginner’s astronomy course at Stonehenge Aotearoa runs from 12:30 to 5:00 pm on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February. Weather permitting; there will be a tour of the night sky and telescope viewing in the evenings at 8 pm.
Part 1 (Saturday) – Putting things in perspective: We will talk about distances of the Moon and the planets. We will learn about our place in the universe, the cosmic perspective and then, moving closer to home, we will have a look at the solar system, the planets, asteroids and our Moon.
Part 2 (Sunday) – Navigating the changing sky: Constellations, the zodiac, and asterisms. We also look at the tools that help our understanding of the night sky: the armillary sphere, the planisphere, and the sextant. Travelling from one pole to the other, we will look at changes in the night sky. We will learn about magnitudes and the qualities of the night sky, light pollution and why we should care about it.
Fee: The fee for the 2-day course is: Adults $100; Seniors $80; School students $10; Phoenix Society members no charge. Bookings are essential. Phone (06) 377 1600
Do you have a telescope that someone gave you and you don’t know where to start? Are looking at buying a telescope for yourself or someone you know but not sure what to get? Are you thinking about looking at the night sky but are worried about all of the different options and equipment available?
If these are questions you ask then this course is for you. At the end of the course you’ll know how to use a telescope, know all about the accessories and know which type of telescope is best suited to your interests.
Fee: The fee for the 2-day course is: Adults $100; Seniors $80; School students $10. Bookings are essential. Phone (06) 377 1600
This astrophotography course runs from 4 pm to 8 pm and is followed by, weather permitting, photography and telescope observing. The course will include imaging with DSLR and mobile phones, and the photography of the Moon and planets.
Fee: The fee for the course is: Adults $59; Seniors $48; School students $30. Bookings are essential. Phone (06) 377 1600
will be held every 3 months and will replace that month's meeting, next Orion Stardate Feb, 21-23 2020.
|Orion Stardate, next in Jan or Feb 2021|
|Centaurus Stardate, 22-24 May 2020
|Scorpius Stardate, August 21-23 2020|