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).

Details of her October lecture tour are being determined. Affiliated Societies have been invited to express interest in hosting Dr. Batalha. Send your submission to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Submissions must be in by 30 April.


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.