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

The SCC is entusiastic 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 2018 Conference will be held in Christchurch 4 - 6 May. The call for papers is now out and we are starting to release details for the conference. Click below for more information as it comes to hand.

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.

Toward the end of November last year DAS member Ron Paine captured the ISS crossing the Sun.

In the first of a series of occasional blogs Dr Nicholas Rattenbury talks about Auckland University and New Zealand's ventures into space exploration.