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IYA2009 Opening Ceremonies in Paris.
Stacey Kalinnikova, Yvette Perrott and William Tobin.

An account of the International Year of Astronomy Opening Ceremonies held at UNESCO headquarters, Paris, January 15 & 16, 2009.
Volume 48, number 1. March 2009. Pp

The Crows Nest Observatory.
Roland Idaczyk

Planets orbiting other stars (exoplanets) are at present the focus of one of the high-priority research efforts in astronomy. The privately owned Crows Nest Observatory (CNO) in Wellington was designed and equipped to allow participation in exoplanet research programmes. This article introduces the observatory and its instrumentation and discusses the requirements of exoplanet research via the transit method.
Volume 48, number 1. March 2009. Pp

The RASNZ revives its Variable Star Section.
Tom Richards

Dr Tom Richards introduces the revamped variable star section of the society, named "Variable Stars South".
Volume 48, number 1. March 2009. Page

Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand Annual Report of Council for 2008.
President's Remarks, Treasurer's Report, Membership Report, RASNZ Publications, RASNZ Section Reports.

RASNZ Council Volume 48, number 1. March 2009. Pp 13-25 Book Review - "The Awa Book of NZ Science" edited by Rebecca Priestley." reviewed by William Tobin.
Volume 48, number 1. March 2009. Page

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Heliacal Leo - Obnubilated Draco.
Ed Budding.

A personal, descriptive account of the 10th Asian Pacific IAU Regional Meeting, Kunming, China. August 3-6, 2008.
Volume 47, number 4. December 2008. P3

Mt John University Observatory: the past, the present and the future.
John Hearnshaw.

A Conference paper presented at the Annual RASNZ Conference, Lake Tekapo, May 2008.
Volume 47, number 4. December 2008. P6

An Eye on the Universe.
R W Evans.

"An Eye on the Universe" is the name given to the astrophotography exhibition that is to tour New Zealand during the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
Volume 47, number 4. December 2008. P11

Observatory Automation - is it for you?.
Tom Richards.

In an effort to get a good night's sleep and a good night's observing, the author decided to automate his observatory and instruments. He describes his mount, dome including rain protection, instruments and computing.
Volume 47, number 4. December 2008. P12

Introducing the AUT 12m Radio Telescope.
Sergei Gulyaev and Tim Natusch.

A 12m radio telescope was launched in New Zealand, 70 km North of Auckland. It is a fully steerable fast slewing antenna of Cassegrain design. The radio telescope is equipped with a dual-band (S/X) dual-polarization (LCP/RCP) feed system designed for astrophysical and geodetic research. Equipped with a Hydrogen maser clock and Gbps fibre optic data links it will allow New Zealand to contribute to international VLBI and eVLBI research and service. The launch of the radio astronomical observatory and the corresponding educational program at AUT University are important steps for New Zealand towards its participation in an Australasian SKA.
Volume 47, number 4. December 2008. P15

Astronomy at the University of Canterbury Department of Physics and Astronomy and Mt John University Observatory.
John Hearnshaw.

The Annual Report of the Department for 2007.
Volume 47, number 4. December 2008. P18

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Beverly-Begg Observatory's New Telescope.
Robin Gledhill.

It is always exciting being near the moment of birth when a new creation is set adrift to achieve a dream. So it was at the dedication of the newest telescope at the edge of the Robin Hood ground where Dunedin's Beverly-Begg Observatory lives.
Volume 47, number 3. September 2008. P3

Anomalous Flaring in Cycle 23?
Harry Roberts.

Wolf's Relative sunspot number or index (Ri) is the most venerable and simplest of all measures of solar activity. There are, however, some other activity measures available that may lead to interesting conclusions.
Volume 47, number 3. September 2008. P5

Nighttime - Our Environment.
Steve Butler.

This presentation at the 2008 Annual Conference held in Tekapo is intended to provide an extended view of the issue of light pollution from that provided by the guest speaker Mr Bryan King. Light pollution has a real impact on a wide range of our environment. Mr King's talk is from the lighting industry point of view and provides much hope of improvements in New Zealand's outdoor lighting.
Volume 47, number 3. September 2008. P7

Patrick Moore honoured.
compiled by R W Evans.

One of our society's two Honorary members is Sir Patrick Moore. On July 9th this year he was further honoured for his life's work in astronomy by the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom with the award of Distinguished Honorary Fellow.
Volume 47, number 3. September 2008. P9

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Harry Williams (1911-2008).
Grant Christie.

The well known Auckland astronomical entity Harry Williams died peacefully on 2008 May 3rd. This obituary is based on the one the author wrote for the Journal of the Auckland Astronomical Society.
Volume 47, number 2. June 2008. P3

Graham Blow FRASNZ.
At the 2008 AGM, Graham Blow was elected Fellow of the Society. Here is the supporting statement for the nomination of Graham Lindsay Blow as Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand.

Volume 47, number 2. June 2008. P5

Observations of Lunar Occultations of Double Stars.
Brian Loader.

Accurate times of lunar occultations of both components of a double star by two or more well dispersed observers will enable useful determinations of the separation and position angles of the pair to be made. Lunar occultations observations can also detect hitherto unknown double stars, or confirm or reject suspected close doubles. Results for observations of three double stars are presented.
Volume 47, number 2. June 2008. P6

Protecting a most Valuable Heritage - the Starlight Reserve Initiative.
Graeme Murray.

This is the text of Graeme Murray's After-dinner Speech at the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand's 2008 Conference at Lake Tekapo.
Volume 47, number 2. June 2008. P10

Book Review - "America in Space: NASA's first fifty years." Edited by S.J. Dick (NASA chief historian), R. Jacobs, C. Moore, A.M. Springer and B. Ulrich reviewed by William Tobin.

Volume 47, number 2. June 2008. P14

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Awarua Tracking Station.
R W Evans.

Followers of the launch of the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Jules Verne on 2008 March 9 will have noticed the prominent part that the Awarua Tracking Station played in the spaceship's orbital insertion. Members of the Southland Astronomical Society have followed with particularly keen interest and excitement the establishment of the European Space Agency (ESA) tracking station on our doorstep.
Volume 47, number 1. March 2008. P3

Radio Astronomy for the Masses: Radio Jove.
Stuart Weston, Tim Natusch

The NASA Radio Jove project presents opportunities for schools and the amateur to become involved with an international Radio Astronomy project. Some first hand experience is provided to assist perspective participants to this field. The establishment of a collaboration between NZ installations and The Swinburne RadioJove Solar/Ionospheric Observation, Education and Outreach program (SUT Melbourne Australia) and the suitability of Radio Jove as a tool for introducing Radio Astronomy and related technologies to Schools will be discussed.
Volume 47, number 1. March 2008. P5

Radio Astronomy for the Masses: Sudden Ionospheric Disturbances.
Stuart Weston

We present an indirect method of recording Solar Activity through Sudden Ionic Disturbances (SID) and possibly Gamma Ray Bursts (GRB) by the monitoring of Very Low Frequency (VLF) transmissions. Also the establishment of collaboration between New Zealand and the Stanford Solar Center, Stanford University, USA who provided a SID VLF Monitor and software. It is felt that this is another excellent tool and project for Schools to introduce pupils to Radio Wave Propagation, Solar Activity and Atmospheric Properties.
Volume 47, number 1. March 2008. P9

The Development of the Astronomy Curriculum for New Zealand Secondary Schools.
Robert Shaw

On 26 February 2004, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority extended the secondary school science curriculum. They set out what would be assessed for three unit standards in a new Domain called Astronomy. This paper records the intention behind those standards, the mechanics of the process that established the standards, and how the Carter Observatory established an e-learning platform to make the standards available to every secondary school student in the country.
Volume 47, number 1. March 2008. P13

The Hα: Long Lived Prominences in January and February 2008.
Harry Roberts

In January 2008 we had the first Cycle 24 sunspot group (see page 9). It caused some excitement but lasted only about 24 hours and wasn't seen by many astronomers. More spectacular events occurred in the H-alpha band in which was seen a burst of prominence activity in the mid to high latitudes.
Volume 47, number 1. March 2008. P16

Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand Annual Report of Council for 2007.
President's Remarks, Treasurer's Report, Membership Report, RASNZ Publications, RASNZ Section Reports.

RASNZ Council Volume 47, number 1. March 2008. Pp 19-30 Book Review - "Astronomy Aotearoa - NCEA Level 1." by Robert Shaw reviewed by R W Evans.
Volume 47, number 1. March 2008. P12

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Carter Observatory Refurbished.
Frank Andrews.

As many will already know, Carter Observatory is undergoing a major remodeling of its interior. Old walls are vanishing and new ones appearing in unexpected places.
Volume 46, number 4. December 2007. P3

Astro Holiday in Ontario.
Deborah Hambley.

After the RASNZ conference I flew to Canada to see relatives and have a 'summer' holiday. I was keen to visit a childhood astronomy icon and take in as many other astronomical activities as possible.
Volume 46, number 4. December 2007. P4

Meteor Streams - their optimum Designation.
Jack Baggaley.

Many meteor streams have been mapped and their designations catalogued over the years. With the advent of greater sensitivity of instrumentation many more are being added to the present list (containing some 230) of identified streams: New Zealand's AMOR radar facility is part of an international project to probe the Solar System dust cloud. With the significant increase in the total number of identified streams the problem arises as to the most useful nomenclature to follow in describing such individual streams in the multiplicity of Solar System entities. A new descriptor to specify stream parameters is suggested which might be used to augment the traditional stellar constellation method used in specifying the apparent shower radiant.
Volume 46, number 4. December 2007. P5

Astronomy at the University of Canterbury Department of Physics and Astronomy and Mt John University Observatory.
John Hearnshaw.

Annual Report for 2006.
Volume 46, number 4. December 2007. P8

North Polar Filaments: Signs of Solar Cycle 24 Activity?
Harry Roberts.

Over 2007 May to August the occurrence of prominences in high northern latitudes as seen by the author through his Hydrogen-alpha (Ha) telescope prompted him to search for the associated filaments, since prominences are filaments seen side on at the limb.
Volume 46, number 4. December 2007. P18

The Big Bang and Black Holes.
Frank Andrews.

The term "Big Bang" was originally given to the instant of creation by Sir Fred Hoyle. This was intended as a term of derision, when defending his steady-state theory of "Continuous Creation" against what he saw as a bad theory. This opposing big-bang theory claimed that the Universe came into existence at a precise instant from what was referred to as the "Primeval Atom". Hoyle's steady-state theory has long since been consigned to the pages of cosmological history, but his name for the "big bang" theory, which currently purports to explain the origin of the Universe, has become part of the every day language of Astronomy. In this paper some challenging ideas about the nature of the Big Bang and Black Holes are discussed.
Volume 46, number 4. December 2007. P21

Weak Gravitational Lensing .
Warwick Kissling.

Weak gravitational lensing can be used to map the distribution of dark matter in the universe. This is an extended version of a talk presented to the 2007 RASNZ Conference in Auckland, with some mathematical background and references.
Volume 46, number 4. December 2007. P23

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Total Lunar Eclipse - 2007 August 28.
Deborah Hambley.

Most parts of New Zealand were blessed with clear skies for at least much of the eclipse. Here are a few eclipse tales.
Volume 46, number 3. September 2007. P3

Comet Gilmore P/2007 Q2
Alan Gilmore.

These days the regular near-earth object (NEO) search programmes find most comets when they are faint and far from the sun, leaving few to be found by traditional search methods. Thus the author was lucky to stumble across a faint new comet while doing NEO follow-up work at Mt John.
Volume 46, number 3. June 2007. P5

Mt John Spectroscopic Observations of the d Scuti binary star RS Cha.
Robyn Woollands, Karen Pollard, Duncan Wright, David Ramm, Torsten Bohm.

The RS Cha system is an eclipsing double-lined spectroscopic binary star which has both components identified as being d Scuti stars. We have obtained spectroscopic observations of RS Cha from Mt John University Observatory using the 1.0-m McLellan telescope and HERCULES in order to look at the orbit and stellar rotation of the system, and the pulsations of both components of the binary. We present evidence which suggests the existence of a third component in this system. This results in a complicated and interesting system for further study.
Volume 46, number 3. September 2007. P7

Statement of Financial Performance for the year ended 31 December 2006 - correction..

Volume 46, number 3. September 2007. P12

The IAU Meteor Stream Archiving Project.
Jack Baggaley. The International Astronomical Union has a project for the establishment of a definitive working list of named meteor streams. The necessity has arisen from not only the regular discovery of more complex structure in the Solar System Dust cloud but problems such as the re-discovery and multiple naming of streams.

Volume 46, number 3. September 2007. P14

Asteroidal Occultation Results.
David Herald et al. The predictions of occultation paths has become much more reliable from a combination of the high-accuracy star catalogues Hipparcos, Tycho2, and UCAC, together with improvements of orbital elements using the latest data available from the USNO FASTT program and other programs. More than 1000 occultations of stars by asteroids have been observed since the first one reported in 1958. Many of these involved observations from more than one location, allowing for the determination of the size and shape of the asteroid. This paper presents the determination of the size and shape of asteroids from about 80 occultations, as well as details of several double stars detected during occultations.

Volume 46, number 3. September 2007. P17

Semi-Automated Loading of Occultation Results Using Excel Macros.
John Talbot (NZ), Brad Timerson (USA)

Templates have been developed using either Text based or Excel based recording forms that can be loaded to Win-Occult OBS format in batches using Excel VBA macros. The .OBS file needs to be loaded to Win-Occult to complete the operation and to check the results, but there is a significant saving of time for the Recorder/Reducer compared to manual data entry. The Excel template enables some checking of data to be performed before it is sent by the observer. The method is now in common use in USA and we would like feedback from local observers to see if they would like to use the new templates in this region. This paper was presented to the First Trans-Tasman Occultation Symposium July 2007.
Volume 46, number 3. September 2007. P27

2007 Murray Geddes Prize.

The Murray Geddes Prize for 2007 was awarded to Robert Rea of Nelson
Volume 46, number 3. September 2007. P28

Ephemeral Solar Active Regions 2007
July Harry Roberts.

The writer's first experience of a solar minimum is proving to be both exciting and challenging. The excitement comes from searching for and often finding small sunspot groups (Active Regions, AR) on a solar disc that at first looks blank. The detail visible in such small AR is very seeing dependant, and mapping the details is a challenge. As spots now seem to disappear as quickly as they arise, another challenge is to establish their positions before they vanish.
Volume 46, number 3. September 2007. P29

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Quaoar Appulse.
Dave Gault.

Earlier this year an attempt was made to observe an occultation of the trans-Neptunian object Quaoar. No occultation occurred but an appulse was observed by several stations showing that an occultation, should it occur, can be detected.
Volume 46, number 2. June 2007. P3

AR953: "Strange days, indeed!"
Harry Roberts.

Active Region 10953 on the Sun was yet again another example of the Sun's continuing unexpected activity near Solar Minimum.
Volume 46, number 2. June 2007. P4

SKA Simulation Modeling: Phased Approach to SKA Construction.
Sergei Gulyaev and Stuart Weston.

The concept of phased approach to the SKA development is discussed, which allows the maximum use of resolution for the SKA in the early stages of its construction. Mathematical simulation for two possible scenarios was conducted. The case study for the proposed Australasian location of the SKA is considered.
Volume 46, number 2. June 2007. P5

Hydrogen alpha observing.
Andy Dodson and John Drummond.

Volume 46, number 2. June 2007. P10

Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand - Annual Report for 2006.
Including President's remarks, financial report, membership report and section reports.

Volume 46, number 2. June 2007. P13

"Southern Skies" NZ Post Stamp Issue.

Volume 46, number 2. June 2007. P26

Book Review - "Empire of the Stars." by Arthur I Miller, reviewed by Marilyn Head.

Volume 46, number 2. June 2007. P12

Book Review - "Sirius: Brightest Diamond in the Night Sky." by Jay Holberg, reviewed by William Tobin.

Volume 46, number 2. June 2007. P25

Software Review - "Google Mars" Reviewed by R W Evans In 2006 March
R W Evans

The search engine company Google released its Google Mars product. This is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about Mars, particularly the planet's surface features.
Volume 46, number 2. September 2007. P25