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The RASNZ Website is moving!

The RASNZ website is moving host and migrating to Joomla (a modern website management tool) to provide better service for our RASNZ members and to give the site a general spruce up.

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See The RASNZ Website is moving! for further details about the move.

Free RASNZ Conference for Students

The RASNZ Council is offering conference admission to New Zealand school students passionate about astronomy. Council will pay conference registration costs of $150 for up to ten students to attend the 2015 RASNZ Conference in Lake Tekapo village from the 8th to the 10th of May.

See RASNZ 2015 Conference Free Student Admissions for details.

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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