Astronomy & Geology Events


Wairarapa:                                            Astronomy Events 2019

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 2019 meetings will be on the 1st Saturday of the month. In 2020 they 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. 

Date topic Cost Time   Speaker


Stardates will be held every 3 months and will replace that month's meeting,  next  Orion Stardate Feb, 21-23 2020. 

Orion Stardate, Feb 21-23, 2020 Orion Stardate web 200pixel
Centaurus Stardate, 22-24 May  2020 Centaurus Stardate web sm
Scorpius Stardate, August 21-23  2020 Scorpius Stardate web sm

Stardate 2019, 31st annual Stardate                       

Wairarapa Stargazing - 2 day telescope course
Date topic Cost Time Notes
15 & 16 February Introduction to Astronomy

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.

Adults $100 (for 2 days)
Seniors $80

Primary or secondary students $10
2 days 
12:30- 5pm
Weather permitting includes 
telescope viewing of night sky 8pm - late

Astro-Imaging course

The course will include imaging with DSLR and mobile phones, and the photography of the Moon and planets.

Adults $59; Seniors $48; School students $30 4 - 8 pm The course is followed by, weather permitting, photography and telescope observing.


Stardate 2019
Stardate 2019

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