The superb 2017 RASNZ Conference at Dunedin has finished. Thank you to all the delegates, presenters and organisers for making it such a great event. We hope to see you all in Christchurch next year.

The RASNZ Lecture Trust Inc.

The RASNZ Lecture Trust Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2017 Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lecturer is Dr. Natalie Batalha (astrophysicist at NASA Ames Research Center).

The itinerary for her October lecture tour is being confirmed. Affiliated Societies will hear shortly the result of their bid to host Natalie. Eight of the ten bids are likely to be accepted with five engagements likely in the North Island and three in the South Island. Dr. Batalha will also speak at the Starlight Festival so she has a very busy schedule!


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

RASNZ's president John Drummond briefly recaps last year, looks forawrd to the new year and extends seasons' greetings.

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