Eclipse details

See the Lunar Eclipses page for details of the total Lunar Eclipse on Saturday night and Sunday morning!

The RASNZ Conference local organising committee advises that extra transport from Tekapo to Christchurch will be provided on Sunday evening if there is sufficient demand.

See Orlon's email for details:

Our President, John Hearnshaw, has taken the opportunity offered by our new site to keep us up to date with RASNZ activities.

NASA Balloon goes up

NASA Balloon Launch From Wanaka

Dunedin Astronomical Society member Ron Paine was on hand to observe the launch of a NASA super pressure balloon from Wanaka airfield on Friday the 27th. Ron emailed society members:

This is an initial call for photo submissions for this years RASNZ annual astroimaging competition. Each person can enter two (2) entries in each of the four sections. The photos will be on electronic display at the RASNZ conference at Tekapo (Wed 6th – Sun 10th May).

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.

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

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