RASNZ 2017 Conference - Dunedin 12 - 14 May

The 2017 RASNZ Conference will be held in Dunedin on 12 to 14 May. The conference is hosted by the Dunedin Astronomical Society at the Otago Museum. It will be followed by the 11th Trans-Tasman Occultation Symposium (TTSO11).

This is the third conference for RASNZ's SWAPA (Students With A Passion for Astronomy) program, and at this conference students from the first SWAPA conference (in Tekapo) are among your hosts to help bring youthful energy, enthusiasm and exuberance to the conference!

Registrations now open

Conference registration may now be made using the online conference registration form.

The Oral presentation program is now full! We are no longer able to accept submissions for oral papers. You may still submit poster Conference papers using the Conference Paper Submission form.

Conference Brochure

The Conference Brochure is now available for download as a .PDF.

Pre-Conference Excursion

On Friday 12 May 2017, delegates have the opportunity to book a cruise on The Monarch. Experience royal albatross, admire the Otago peninsula and if you are lucky, catch a glimpse of dolphins or the New Zealand sea lion.

The tour departs from 20 Fryatt Street at 1pm (returning at 5pm) and includes return shuttle transfers. The tour can be booked through the online conference registration form. For further tour information see Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours - Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour. Numbers for this excursion are limited so be in quick!

Preliminary Conference Program

The following preliminary program is avilable to assist you with travel planning. Please note that times may vary from those shown as the details of the Conference are finalised!

Friday 12th May

Harbour Cruise – departs from 20 Fryatt St, Dunedin at 1 pm
RASNZ Council Meeting 10:30-4:00
Affiliated Societies meeting 4:30-5:30
Conference Opening from 7:30-9:00, followed by Refreshments and Socialising

Saturday 13th May

Talks 9:00-10:30
Morning tea
Talks 11:00-12:45
Lunch
Talks 2:00 – 3:30
Afternoon tea
RASNZ AGM 4:00-5:00
Conference Dinner  6:30-late

Sunday 14th May

Talks 9:00-10:30
Morning tea
Talks 11:00-12:30
Lunch
Talks 1:30-3:00, followed by Conference Closure

3:30 Public Talk - Joss Bland-Hawthorn


RASNZ Council Meeting – late

Monday 15th May

11th TransTasman Symposium on Occultations -  all day, times tba

Tuesday 16 May

11th TransTasman Symposium on Occultations -  morning, times tba

Conference Papers (details added as they come to hand)

If you are considering presenting a paper to the conference please visit the Conference Paper Submission form and help enhance the conference.

Joss Bland-Hawthorn. Near Field Cosmology

Our Galaxy, the Milky Way, is a benchmark for understanding disk galaxies. It is the only galaxy whose formation history can be studied using the full distribution of stars, i.e. from white dwarfs to supergiants. The oldest components provide us with unique insight into how galaxies form and evolve over billions of years. We can learn about the physics and chemistry of the first stars, about the impact of reionization on galaxy formation, on the build up of mass and the chemical elements. We can also learn about secular processes that redistribute mass, metals and angular momentum over cosmic time. Galactic studies will continue to play a fundamental role far into the future because there are measurements that can only be made in the near field and much of contemporary astrophysics depends on such observations.

Joss Bland-Hawthorn. Reconstructing ancient star clusters in dwarf galaxies

The chemical abundance patterns of the oldest stars in the Galaxy are expected to contain residual signatures of the first stars in the early universe. Just how the complex data are to be interpreted with respect to "progenitor yields" remains an open question. Here we show that stochastic chemical evolution models to date have overlooked a crucial fact. Essentially all stars today are born in highly homogeneous star clusters and it is likely that this was also true at early times. When this ingredient is included, the overall scatter in the abundance plane can be much less than derived from earlier models. We present tentative evidence for the existence of dissolved star clusters in two dwarf galaxies.

We use the technique of “chemical tagging” to identify stars that are highly clustered in a multi-dimensional abundance space. If corroborated by follow-up spectroscopy, one star cluster at [Fe/H] = -3 is the most metal-poor system identified to date.
Collaborators: A. Frebel, J. Simon, D. Yong

Maria Pozza. New Zealand’s developing space law

New Zealand is presently teasing out the final provisions of its Outer Space and High Altitude Activities Bill. However, is the Bill going to be everything that New Zealand needs as it enters into the commercial space environment. This paper will speak to the oral submission presented at the Select Committee in February 2017 concerning both the strengths and weaknesses of the Bill.

Duncan Hall. The analemma, dials and digits: some unusual combinations

I will demonstrate two types of digital sundial, and a digital clock with a gnomon shadow display.

Robin McNeill and Duncan Hall. Looking down is looking up: contributions towards developing New Zealand’s extra-terrestrial remote sensing capabilities

An arrangement first signed in 2007 was recently renewed between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the New Zealand Government for the Awarua Satellite Station, near Invercargill, to continue to support resupply missions to the International Space Station. Venture Southland and the French Space Agency CNES are the implementing authorities in the arrangement. The agreements include a clause, negotiated by Venture Southland, requiring ESA to promote the space sector to Southland students – which has had significant impact on education in Southland. The Awarua Satellite Station is but one example of New Zealand’s evolving participation in the growing space industry. Building on its work with CNES, Venture Southland now has contracts with five space agencies and satellite operators from two continents to support earth observation from satellites.

Chris Gordon. Discovery of Gamma-Ray Emission from the X-shaped Bulge of the Milky Way

An anomalous signal has been found in Fermi Gamma-Ray Large Area Telescope data covering the center of the Galaxy. Given its morphological and spectral characteristics, this `Galactic Center Excess' is ascribable to self-annihilation of dark matter particles. We report on an analysis that exploits hydrodynamical modeling to register the position of interstellar gas associated with diffuse Galactic gamma-ray emission. Our improved analysis reveals that the excess gamma-rays are spatially correlated with both the X-shaped stellar over-density in the Galactic bulge and the nuclear stellar bulge. Given these correlations, we argue that the Galactic Center gamma-ray excess is not a dark matter phenomenon but rather associated with the stellar population of the bulge and the nuclear bulge.

Ian Griffin. Observing from the Stratosphere with SOFIA & Air New Zealand

In this presentation I will share my experiences as an observer on NASAs SOFIA Observatory during its deployment to Christchurch in July 2016. I will also outline how participating in that flight gave me the idea to organise the first ever charter flight to the Southern Auroral Oval in March 2017, from which images will also be presented.

Steve Kerr. Lucky Star: An International Pro-Am program to explore the outer solar system using occultations

New Zealand amateur observers have long collaborated with international professional groups in support of major occultation science programs. The Lucky Star program based at Paris Observatory commenced in late 2015 with the aim of bringing considerable professional focus on using occultation science to study outer solar system objects. Amateur observers are a major part of this strategy and already significant results have been delivered from our part of the world. This paper covers the scope of Lucky Star, results gained already and future prospects.

Brian Loader. A decade of Double Star video occultations

The programme to study lunar occultations of double stars was launched in 2007. A review of the programme, its antecedents and its results will be presented. Some of the more interesting, mostly recent, observations will be highlighted.

Karen Pollard. The Music of the Stars

I present a summary of the asteroseismology program that we are carrying out at the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory using the 1.0m telescope and HERCULES spectrograph. The types of stars that we analyse and the insights into the structure and evolution we can make from these observations are described.

Bob Evans. Aurora Australis 1979 to 2016

A summary of the former Aurora & Solar Section's data collected over 37 years will be presented.

Robin McNeill and Duncan Hall. Looking down is looking up:  contributions towards developing New Zealand’s extra-terrestrial remote sensing capabilities

An arrangement first signed in 2007 was recently renewed between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the New Zealand Government for the Awarua Satellite Station, near Invercargill, to continue to support resupply missions to the International Space Station.  Venture Southland and the French Space Agency CNES are the implementing authorities in the arrangement.  The agreements include a clause, negotiated by Venture Southland, requiring ESA to promote the space sector to Southland students – which has had significant impact on education in Southland.  The Awarua Satellite Station is but one example of New Zealand’s evolving participation in the growing space industry.  Building on its work with CNES, Venture Southland now has contracts with five space agencies and satellite operators from two continents to support earth observation from satellites.

Dylan Paterson. Fermi Galactic Centre Excess: Template Model for Diffuse Background

Modelling the gamma-ray excess observed towards the galactic centre by Fermi-LAT requires an accurate model of the diffuse galactic gamma-ray background. In the energy range observed by Fermi, the majority of the background gamma-rays originate in hadronic interactions between cosmic rays and hydrogen gas in the Milky Way. Such contributions to the background have been fitted via a template method, where the structure of the emission is modelled by gas column density maps. Presented is the method used to produce the gas column density maps from kinematic methods tracing 21cm HI emission and 12mm CO emission. Dark neutral medium is also mapped using extinction, E(B-V).

Nick Rattenbury. Discovering Planets with WFIRST

NASA's Wide Field Infra-Red Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is a space telescope that will launch mid-2020s. WFIRST will be capable of finding entire planetary systems, including those like our Solar System, complete with habitable Earth-like planets. Finding "Earths" in the same system as a "Jupiter" is important because it is theorised that having massive planets in a planetary system is necessary to deliver water onto the surface of inner, warmer planets like the Earth to make them habitable. The planets found by WFIRST will complement the planet discoveries made by the Kepler Space Telescope. We will create the analysis tools required to discover and characterise planetary systems from WFIRST data, answering the question whether Solar Systems like ours are common in the Galaxy.

Ashna Sharan. Bayesian Analysis of Microlensing Events using MultiNest

We present the analysis of microlensing events using our newly developed methodology employing the MultiNest algorithm. MultiNest is based on the principles of Bayesian inference, which allows us to solve the model selection and parameter estimation problems simultaneously. The focus is placed on the model selection problem since a Bayesian-based algorithm such as MultiNest allows us to shift the approach to model selection from qualitative arguments to a quantitative quality factor. We demonstrate our methodology by testing a finite-source point-lens model versus a finite-source binary-lens model, and for the presence of parallax effects. Nested Sampling and its variant algorithms such as MultiNest have been tried and tested in many fields of study. By demonstrating MultiNest on a real microlensing event for the first time, we aim to provide an impetus for said algorithms to find their place in the microlensing community as well.

Alex Li. The First Eclipsing Binary Catalogue from the MOA-II Database

We present the first catalogue of eclipsing binaries in two MOA fields towards the Galactic bulge, in which over 8,000 eclipsing binary candidates, mostly contact and semi-detached binaries of periods < 1 day, were identified. In this paper, the light curves of a few highly eccentric binaries and binaries with interesting phase modulations are shown as examples. In addition, we identified three triple object candidates by detecting the light-travel-time effects in their eclipse timing variation curves. 

Steve Butler. Our changing world

Our world is constantly changing. If we want the change to be for the better, we need to be involved and to guide that change. As users of the night environment we need to raise awareness, educate and lead at every opportunity.

Dave Herald. Diameters, Volumes and Bulk Densities of 40 asteroids

This presentation gives an overview of how observations from different areas of astronomy (precise astrometry, photometric light curves ([mostly amateur] and occultation observations [almost all amateur] are combined to derive accurate models of asteroid size, shape and density

Jennie McCormick (Fellows’ address) . Lost in Space …. an amazing journey of discovery

I became captivated by the beauty of space from a young age. This talk will follow the unlikely journey under New Zealand skies of an amateur astronomer from modest beginnings. So how does a 15 year old horse loving school leaver end up giving a lecture to the faculty and students of Ohio State University Astronomy Department? It all started in a Wanganui backyard in the late 60s when a five year old became aware of Orion the Hunter for the first time. In the late 1980’s I progressed on with a small pair of binocularsand then to a succession of ever more capable telescopes. In 2000 Farm Cove Observatory was established and has now contributed to a number of areas of modern astronomy. We will look at the paths taken and explore how becoming lost in the space was just the start of an amazing journey among the stars.

Graeme Jonas. KiwiStar Weaves Large Lenses for the William Herschel Telescope

Lower Hutt based company KiwiStar Optics is currently manufacturing six large lenses for a prime focus corrector unit which, when completed, will be installed on the William Herschel Telescope. This will increase the telescope’s corrected field of view from 50-arc minutes to two-degrees. The telescope will then be used to provide starlight for a new wide-field multi-object spectrograph. The prime focus corrector and spectrograph are part of the WEAVE project. During this presentation, I will provide an overview of KiwiStar’s involvement with the WEAVE project.

Sunday afternoon public talk

The Dunedin Astronomical Society and the Otago Institute are delighted to take the opportunity of Joss Bland-Hawthorn's presence in Dunedin for the RASNZ conference to host a public talk by Joss. We thank both Joss as a willing participant and the RASNZ as hosts for making this talk possible.

There is limited seating available for the talk. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first seated basis. There is no charge for this talk.

Sunday public talk:
Start time 3:30 pm.
Hutton Theatre

Joss has provided the following details for his public talk:

Front Row Seat on the Daily Life of a Supermassive Black Hole

The Galaxy's supermassive black hole (Sgr A*) is a hundred times closer than any other object of its kind. It is surrounded by a highly unstable ring of gas so why is the black hole so peaceful at the present time? Evidence is gathering that Sgr A* was far more active in the recent past. We present exciting new evidence that the Galactic Centre was a full blown "active galaxy" just a few million years ago. Why did this occur? What impact did the event have? Can it happen again? These are just a few of the interesting questions I will cover in this talk.

RASZN 2017 Sponsors

We are greatfull for the support of ASTRONZ and Emerson's with the 2017 RASNZ Conference.

 

The excellent 2016 RASNZ Conference at Napier has finished. We hope to see you all in Dunedin next year. The 2016 conference information will remain available for a little while below until we start ramping up for the Dunedin conference in 2017.

RASNZ's 2016 Conference will be held in Napier and hosted by the Hawke's Bay Astronomical Society and held 20 - 22 May 2016.  The Conference venue will be MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier's recently reopened museum, theatre and art gallery.  The Conference will be followed by a two day astrophotography workshop.

Paper submissions may be made online. The Conference online Registration form is now available.

We are pleased to have as our Invited Speaker Dr Michele Bannister, an ex-pat Kiwi and planetary astronomer, who will be talking about the recent discoveries at Pluto made by the New Horizons spacecraft.

The 2016 RASNZ Conference Brochure .PDF is now available for viewing and download. You may also download the RASNZ 2016 Conference Programme.

Provisional Speakers List for the 2016 RASNZ Conference

  • Sergei Gulyaev: The Radio Astronomical Observatory at Warkworth (20 min)
  • Brian Loader (Fellows’ Lecture): Pluto, 2015 June 29 (45 min)
  • Ashna Sharan: Microlensing modelling using nested sampling (20 min)
  • Georgie Taylor and Mason Ng: Modelling the spectra of hot stars (20 min)
  • John Bray: Is the link between the observed velocities of neutron stars and their progenitors a simple mass relationship? (20 min)
  • John Hearnshaw: The Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative (20 min)
  • Gary Sparks: Halley’s Comet World Tour: A Philatelic Odyssey (20 min)
  • John Drummond: Deeply imaging interacting galaxies to detect tidal features (20 min)
  • Michele Bannister: New Discoveries in the Outer Solar System (45 min)
  • Bethany Jones : The effect of space travel on human physiology (20 min)
  • Maria Pozza: New Zealand and the need for Space Law (20 min)
  • Warwick Kissling: Is the Solar System Stable ? (20 min)
  • Karen Pollard: Asteroseismology at Mt John (20 min)
  • SWAPA mini-session 1: Finlay Mably & Joshua Daglish (10 min)
  • Sarang Shah: Finding lonely planets with the KMTNet microlensing survey (20 min)
  • M. C. Alex Li: Eclipsing Binaries in the MOA database (20 min)
  • Mike Mackrill: It’s Life Jim..Aliens as Depicted in Film and television (20 min)
  • Brian Loader: Lunar occultations of double stars (20 min
  • Orlon Petterson: Educational and research tools in Astronomy (20 min)
  • Grant Christie: Auckland Astronomy – Future directions, opportunities and challenges (20 min)
  • Nicolas Rattenbury: Recent results from the MOA collaboration (20 min)
  • SWAPA mini-session 2: Anushka Kharbanda + Annabelle Ritchie (20 min)
  • Jennie McCormick: The role of chance in astronomical discoveries from Farm Cove Observatory (20 min)
  • Ed Budding: Basic queries in astrobiology: where do we begin, and when will it end ? (20 min)
  • Lin Xiao and JJ Eldridge: Interpreting nebular line emission of star-forming regions with BPASS models (20 min)
  • David Huijser: Bayesian inference of galaxy morphology using reversible jump MCMC (20 min)

RASNZ acknowledges the following sponsors and thanks them for supporting the 2016 RASNZ Conference.

The excellent 2015 RASNZ Conference at Lake Tekapo has finished. We hope to see you all in Napier next year.

Watch this space for articles from the conference over the next little while.

RASNZ members should log in from time to time for a preview of the conference CD contents, conference photographs and more as material comes to hand.

 

Full conference program as a .PDF

 

Current registration list is included below.

                                         Wednesday 6th May

2:00 pm-5:00 pm RASNZ Council Meeting

                                              Friday 8th May


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Affiliated Societies meeting

 

Session 1: 7:30pm – 9:00pm Chairperson: Glen Rowe

  • Welcome by RASNZ and CAS Presidents
  • Official Opening: Claire Barlow, Mayor Mackenzie District Council
  • Karen Pollard (Fellows’ Lecture): The Music of the Stars (45 min)

 

9:00pm – late:   Refreshments and Socialising

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                                           Saturday 9th May

Session 2: 9:00 am – 10:30am Chairperson: Jennie McCormick

  • Poster mini-session 1: Stan Walker + Nick Rattenbury +Aline Homes (5 min)
  • Denis Sullivan: Pulsating White Dwarf Stars as excellent Astronomical Clocks (20 min)
  • Malcolm Locke: The 2014 periastron passage of eta Carinae (20 min)
  • John Talbot: Recent successful asteroidal occultations from Australasia (20 min)
  • Gordon Hudson: Archiving of RASNZ materials: A new home for RASNZ? (20 min)

 

10:30am – 11:00am Morning Tea

 

Session 3: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Chairperson: Steve Russell

  • Poster mini-session 2: (5 min)
  • David Moriarty: Photometry and Astrophysical modelling of the Southern Eclipsing Binaries V0626 Sco and V0775 Cen (20 min)
  • Christoph Bergmann: The Mt John University Observatory search for Earth-mass planets around a Centauri (20 min)
  • David Dunham: Multi-station Deployments for Asteroidal Occultations (20 min)
  • Phillip MacQueen: McDonald Observatory and the Hobby Eberly Telescope - one New Zealander's perspective (20 min)

 

12:30 pm Conference Photo

1:00 pm – 2:00pm   Lunch

 

Session 4: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Chairperson: Carol McAlavey

  • Gerry Gilmore: Gaia – mapping the Milky Way in 3 (or even 12) dimensions (45 min)
  • Fraser Gunn: Basic Astrophotography (20 min)
  • Steve Butler: IYL2015 – Light, Dark and in between (20 min)

 

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Afternoon Tea

 

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm RASNZ Annual General Meeting


7:30 pm Conference Dinner

 

  • Some Presentations and Awards will be announced during the evening.
  • After Dinner Speaker: Frank Andrews

 

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                                   Sunday 10th May

Session 5: 9:00 am – 10:30 am Chairperson: Marilyn Head

  • Dave Herald, Cyril Hazard, David Jauncey, Miller Goss: The sequence of events that led to the 1963 Publications in Nature of 3C273 – the first quasar and the first extragalactic jet (20 min)
  • Stella Kafka: Discussing the elusive Supernova Ia progenitors (30 min)
  • David Buckley: Science highlights from SALT (20 min)
  • Karen Pollard, Carolle Varughese, Pam Kilmartin and Fraser Gunn: A study of the massive binary star eta Carinae, from Mt John Observatory (15 min)

 

10:30 am – 11:00 am Morning Tea

 

Session 6: 11:00 am – 12:30 am Chairperson: Gary Sparks

  • Ed Guinan: Living with a Red Dwarf: Do Red Dwarf stars make “Friendly” host stars for habitable planets? (45 min)
  • William Tobin: The evolution of the Foucault-Secretan reflecting telescope (20 min)
  • Eric Vermaat: Supporting Education in Astronomy and Space Science (20 min)

 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch

 

Session 7: 1:30 pm – 3:05 pm Chairperson: Pauline Loader

  • John Hearnshaw: Key developments and discoveries in stellar spectroscopy during the last three decades of the 20th century (30 min)
  • Stan Walker, Neil Butterworth and Andrew Pierce: Period changes in ST Puppis (20 min)
  • Maria Pozza: The Laws of Outer Space (20 min)
  • Graeme Kershaw: Townsend Telescope: Planning the repairs and fundraising situation (15 min)
  • Gary Sparks: Presentation on 2016 RASNZ Conference from Hawkes Bay Astronomical Society (5 min)
  • Conference Closure (5 min)

Late: RASNZ Council meeting

 

 

List of Registrants

 

Bill

Allen

RASNZ

Brendon

Anderson

CAS

Elene

Anderson

CAS

Frank

Andrews

RASNZ, CAS, WAS

Edward

Ashton

Univ Canterbury

Rodney

Austin

New Plymouth AS

Christoph

Bergmann

Univ Canterbury

Jessie

Blyth

DAS

David

Brian

CAS

Nalayini

Brito

RASNZ, AAS, Director - AstroNZ, Swinburne University

Mike

Broughton

DAS, RASNZ

Andrew

Buckingham

AstroNZ

David

Buckley

South African Astronomical Observatory

Roger

Butland

WAS, RASNZ

Steve

Butler

RASNZ, SAS, AMIDSR

Malcolm

Carr

CAS

Grant

Christie

RASNZ, AAS, Stardome Observatory

Ian

Cooper

Palmerston North AS, Horowhenua AS, Phoenix AS

Darren

Corbett

 

Liam

Cordelle

Univ Canterbury

Damon

Crockett

Wanganui AS

Hinerangi

Curtis

Auckland Girls Grammar School

Norman

Dickie

RASNZ

Ross

Dickie

RASNZ

Martin

Donachie

Univ Auckland

Chris

Douglass

Astronomical Society of NSW, IOTA

John

Drummond

RASNZ, Gisborne AS

David

Dunham

IOTA

Joan

Dunham

IOTA

Amadeo

Enriquez Ballestero

DAS

Donald

Ensor

 

Bob

Evans

RASNZ, SAS, VSS

Zade

Fairweather

DAS, Otago Boys' High School

Larry

Field

CAS, RASNZ

Murray

Forbes

WAS, Phoenix AS, Occultation Section, RASNZ

Colin

Fortune

CAS

Terence

Galuszka

RASNZ

Gerry

Gilmore

Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University, UK

Alan

Gilmore

RASNZ, Univ Canterbury

Rob

Glassey

CAS

Antony

Gomez

RASNZ, WAS

Dennis

Goodman

RASNZ, CAS, WAS

Peter

Graham

WAS

Rebecca

Greatrex

SCAG, AAS

Olaf

Griewaldt

RASNZ

Ed

Guinan

Villanova University

Duncan

Hall

RASNZ, WAS, GOT

William

Hanna

Occultation Section, RASNZ

Marilyn

Head

RASNZ

John

Hearnshaw

Univ. Canterbury, RASNZ

Dave

Herald

IOTA, Canberra Astronomical Society

Morag

Hills

St Marys College, WAS

John

Homes

WAS, VSS

Aline

Homes

WAS, VSS

Timothy

Homes

RASNZ

Gordon

Hudson

RASNZ, WAS

Peter

Jaquiery

RASNZ, DAS

Steve

Johnson

CAS

Stewart

Jungerius

CAS

Stella

Kafka

AAVSO

Steve

Kerr

RASNZ, AAQ

Dale

Kershaw

CAS

Graeme

Kershaw

Univ Canterbury, CAS

Pam

Kilmartin

RASNZ, Univ Canterbury

Warwick

Kissling

WAS, RASNZ

Gemma

Lamont

Univ Canterbury

Alex

Li

Univ Auckland

Pauline

Loader

RASNZ, VSS

Brian

Loader

RASNZ, Occultation Section, IOTA, CAS

Malcolm

Locke

CAS

Peter

Loeber

DAS

Andrew

Lorenc

RASNZ

Simon

Lowther

RASNZ

Finlay

Mably

 

Chris

Mackerell

 

Phillip

MacQueen

McDonald Observatory, University of Texas

Ashley

Marles

CAS, RASNZ

Raewyn

Marles

CAS

Euan

Mason

CAS

Carol

McAlavey

CAS

Jennie

McCormick

RASNZ, AAS

Graeme

McKay

WAS

Josh

Meikle

DAS

Chris

Monigatti

RASNZ, WAS

David

Moriarty

Astronomical Association of Qld, VSS, AAVSO, Univ Queensland.

Graeme

Murray

Earth & Sky

Carolyn

Murray

Earth & Sky

Wolf

Nader

DAS

Clara

Newbound

St Margarets College

Paul

Newbound

 

Annabel

Noar

Nelson College for Girls

Rory

O'Keeffe

RASNZ

Ron

Paine

DAS, RASNZ

Huia

Parker

CAS

Stu

Parker

AAS, SAS

Simon

Patchett

Univ Canterbury

Ashley

Pennell

RASNZ, DAS, Occultation Section

Yvette

Perrott

Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University

Orlon

Petterson

RASNZ, CAS, Univ Canterbury, VSS

Karen

Pollard

Univ Canterbury, RASNZ

Dylan

Pollard

Hillmorton High School

Maria

Pozza

DAS, Helmore Ayers Lawyers

Nicholas

Rattenbury

FRAS

Robert

Rea

RASNZ

Michael

Reid

 

Georgia

Reynolds

Rangi Ruru Girls High School

Tom

Richards

RASNZ, ASA

Clive

Rowe

Nelson AS, Retired UC Physics and Astronomy

Glen

Rowe

RASNZ, AAS

Stephen

Russell

NACAA

Sanjay

Sekaran

Univ Canterbury

Mandira

Shailaj

Avonside High School

Ashna

Sharan

Univ Auckland

Michael

Sheffield

 

Susan

Shoebridge

 

Ross

Skilton

Wanganui AS

Michael

Snowden

 

Juliette

Soule

Christchurch Girls High School

Gary

Sparks

RASNZ, Hawkes Bay AS

Margaret

Streamer

VSS & Canberra AS

Denis

Sullivan

RASNZ, Victoria University of Wellington

James

Swan

Univ Canterbury, Spaceward Bound NZ

John

Talbot

WAS, Occultation Section

Lynn

Taylor

DAS

Alan

Thomas

RASNZ

Lewis

Thorp

Univ Canterbury

William

Tobin

 

Stu

Todd

DAS

Carolle

Varughese

Univ Canterbury

Erik

Vermaat

RASNZ Education Group

Stan

Walker

RASNZ

Edward

Wilcock

St Bernards College

Chloe

Wilshaw-Sparkes

Univ Canterbury

George

Wingate

RASNZ, AAS

Aidan

Young

DAS

 

 

AAQ               Astronomical Association of Queensland, Australia

AAS                Auckland Astronomical Society

AAVSO           American Association of Variable Star Observers

ASA                Astronomical Society of Australia

CAS                Canterbury Astronomical Society

DAS                Dunedin Astronomical Society

FRAS             Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, United Kingdom.

GOT               Gifford Observatory Trust

IOTA              International Occultation Timing Association

NACAA         National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers

RASNZ          Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand

SAS                 Southland Astronomical Society

SCAG             South Canterbury Astronomers Group

VSS                 Variable Stars South

WAS               Wellington Astronomical Society

 

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 (Main conference opens 7:30pm) to Sunday 10th May (Finishing ~3pm).


Mt John will be open to all RASNZ conference participants from 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm on Friday the 8th.


The 2015 RASNZ Conference will be preceded by the Mount John 50th anniversary symposium on Wednesday 6th through to Friday the 8th. The conference will be followed by The 9th Trans-Tasman Symposium on Occultations on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th May.