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New Zealand's National Astronomical Society

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Observers needed!

Dr Jovan Skuljan ( j.skuljan@dta.mil.nz) is seeking observers with suitable camera equipment to record the deorbit path of Georges Lemaitre (the fifth in the ATV series of spacecraft launched by ESA) as it crosses the South Island.

See the October 2014 ENews article for more information.

Murray Geddes Memorial Prize

Murray Geddes

The RASNZ Council invites nominations for the 2015 recipient of the Murray Geddes Memorial Prize.

Nominations may be made by email to the RASNZ secretary by the 15th of Feburary. Written applications may be sent to:

The Secretary,
P O Box 3181,
New Zealand.

Information about the prize may be found on the Murray Geddes Memorial Prize page.

Notification of changes to the Rules and By-laws of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand.

Changes to the society's by-laws relaterd to the Kingdon-Tomlinson Fund have been made by the Council. A full copy of the amended Rules and Bylaws is available for download: RASNZ Rules and Bylaws (PDF)

The changes introduce two cut off dates per year for Kingdon-Tomlinson Fund applications. See by-law J3.

The society's rules allow members to object to changes made to the bylaws by Council(Rule 97). The objection should be made in writing within a month of receipt of this notification (this notice was posted on the RASNZ site on the 21th of January 2015) and should be signed by eight or more members. If such an objection is received the Council will conduct a postal ballot of all members on the amendment(s).

Stardate South Island 2015, Feb 20-23, Staveley

Stardate South Island will be held at Staveley between February 20th and 23rd 2015. Join us for a celebration of the cosmos; reconnect with old friends, make new ones, try out some really cool astronomical gear in inky black skies and have fun.

For details see: http://www.treesandstars.com/stardate/

RASNZ Conference 2015 May 8th 10th

The Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Canterbury Astronomical Society is marking the 50 years on Mount John by hosting the 2015 RASNZ Conference at the Lake Tekapo Community Hall from Friday 8th May to Sunday 10th May.

Visit the RASNZ Conference page for conference information.

Register using our Conference Online Registration Form.

The conference will be followed by The 9th Trans-Tasman Symposium on Occultations on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th May.

The Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lectures organised by the RASNZ Lecture Trust.

Thank you Dr Tamara Davis for a great 2014 Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lecture tour.

See the Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lectures page for background information and details of future lecture series as they come to hand.

The Sky Each Month

Moon & Planets: monthly viewing details and events for the moon and planets.


The Southern hemisphere Evening Sky: a guide to the objects visible from New Zealand during the year.

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