The RASNZ 2018 Conference will be held in Christchurch 4 - 6 May. Registrations for the Conference and the VSS Symposium are now open.

Registrations may be made online using the Online Registration form or you may use the downloadable PDF form (Conference Registration form PDF).

The call for papers is now out and we are starting to release details for the conference. Click below for Conference information as it comes to hand. Details for the VSS Symposium can be found at

Following on from the outstanding success of Students With A Passion for Astronomy at recent RASNZ Conferences, the RASNZ Council is sponsoring young astronomers to the 2018 Conference. This year registration fees, accommodation and travel costs are included in the sponsorship package for ten school students with a passion for astronomy.

Click the read more button for details.

Planning for the 2018 RASNZ Conference is well underway and the Standing Conference Committee are now calling for papers to fill the program.

The SCC is enthusiastic for you to click the link below to learn a little more about the conference and how you may submit your paper for it.


The RASNZ Lecture Trust Inc.

The RASNZ Lecture Trust Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2018 Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lecturer is Dr. Paul Groot (professor of astronomy at Radboud University).

The title of Dr. Groot's lecture is "The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy".

This year’s lecture series will take place during the first half of October. RASNZ Affliated societies wishing to host Dr. Groot should send an expression of interest to the RASNZ Lecture Trust's secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before March 31.


RASNZ President John Drummond's season's greetings and round up of various activities coming up in 2018.

Brian Loader starts a series of articles introducing Occultations, what they are, why they are important, and how to measure them. If you have a hankering to get involved in the science of astronomy, or just to understand something of how it's done, this is a great place to start.