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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 has been finalised and can be viewed by clicking the "Lecture series information" button below. Details of venue and time for each lecture will be updated as details come to hand. RASNZ and the RASNZ Lecture Trust extend their thanks to the Affiliated Societies who will host Natalie during her tour. In addition to four North Island lectures and three South Island lectures Dr. Batalha will 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.