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Southern Stars: Volume 47, number 1. March 2008. Pp 1 - 32.
Awarua Tracking Station.
R W Evans.
Followers of the launch of the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Jules Verne on 2008 March 9 will have noticed the prominent part that the Awarua Tracking Station played in the spaceship's orbital insertion. Members of the Southland Astronomical Society have followed with particularly keen interest and excitement the establishment of the European Space Agency (ESA) tracking station on our doorstep.
Volume 47, number 1. March 2008. Pp 3 - 4
Radio Astronomy for the Masses:
Stuart Weston, Tim Natusch
The NASA Radio Jove project presents opportunities for schools and the amateur to become involved with an international Radio Astronomy project. Some first hand experience is provided to assist perspective participants to this field. The establishment of a collaboration between NZ installations and The Swinburne RadioJove Solar/Ionospheric Observation, Education and Outreach program (SUT Melbourne Australia) and the suitability of Radio Jove as a tool for introducing Radio Astronomy and related technologies to Schools will be discussed.
Volume 47, number 1. March 2008. Pp 5-8
Radio Astronomy for the Masses: Sudden
We present an indirect method of recording Solar Activity through Sudden Ionic Disturbances (SID) and possibly Gamma Ray Bursts (GRB) by the monitoring of Very Low Frequency (VLF) transmissions. Also the establishment of collaboration between New Zealand and the Stanford Solar Center, Stanford University, USA who provided a SID VLF Monitor and software. It is felt that this is another excellent tool and project for Schools to introduce pupils to Radio Wave Propagation, Solar Activity and Atmospheric Properties.
Volume 47, number 1. March 2008. Pp 9-11
The Development of the Astronomy
Curriculum for New Zealand Secondary Schools.
On 26 February 2004, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority extended the secondary school science curriculum. They set out what would be assessed for three unit standards in a new Domain called Astronomy. This paper records the intention behind those standards, the mechanics of the process that established the standards, and how the Carter Observatory established an e-learning platform to make the standards available to every secondary school student in the country.
Volume 47, number 1. March 2008. Pp 13-15
The Hα: Long Lived Prominences in
January and February 2008.
In January 2008 we had the first Cycle 24 sunspot group (see page 9). It caused some excitement but lasted only about 24 hours and wasn't seen by many astronomers. More spectacular events occurred in the H-alpha band in which was seen a burst of prominence activity in the mid to high latitudes.
Volume 47, number 1. March 2008. Pp 16-18
Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand
Annual Report of Council for 2007.
President's Remarks, Treasurer's Report, Membership Report, RASNZ Publications, RASNZ Section Reports.
RASNZ Council Volume 47, number 1. March 2008. Pp 19-30
Southern Stars: Volume 47, number 2. June 2008. Pp 1 - 16.
Harry Williams (1911-2008).
The well known Auckland astronomical entity Harry Williams died peacefully on 2008 May 3rd. This obituary is based on the one the author wrote for the Journal of the Auckland Astronomical Society.
Volume 47, number 2. June 2008. Pp 3 - 4
Graham Blow FRASNZ.
At the 2008 AGM, Graham Blow was elected Fellow of the Society. Here is the supporting statement for the nomination of Graham Lindsay Blow as Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand.
Volume 47, number 2. June 2008. Page 5
Observations of Lunar Occultations of
Accurate times of lunar occultations of both components of a double star by two or more well dispersed observers will enable useful determinations of the separation and position angles of the pair to be made. Lunar occultations observations can also detect hitherto unknown double stars, or confirm or reject suspected close doubles. Results for observations of three double stars are presented.
Volume 47, number 2. June 2008. Pp 6 - 9
Protecting a most Valuable Heritage -
the Starlight Reserve Initiative.
This is the text of Graeme Murray's After-dinner Speech at the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand's 2008 Conference at Lake Tekapo.
Volume 47, number 2. June 2008. Pp 10 - 13
Book Review - "America in Space:
NASA's first fifty years." Edited by S.J. Dick (NASA chief historian), R. Jacobs,
C. Moore, A.M. Springer and B. Ulrich
reviewed by William Tobin.
Volume 47, number 2. June 2008. Page 14
Southern Stars: Volume 47, number 3. September 2008. Pp 1 - 12.
It is always exciting being near the moment of birth when a new creation is set adrift to achieve a dream. So it was at the dedication of the newest telescope at the edge of the Robin Hood ground where Dunedin's Beverly-Begg Observatory lives.
Volume 47, number 3. September 2008. Pp 3 - 4
Anomalous Flaring in Cycle 23?
Wolf's Relative sunspot number or index (Ri) is the most venerable and simplest of all measures of solar activity. There are, however, some other activity measures available that may lead to interesting conclusions.
Volume 47, number 3. September 2008. Pp 5 - 6
Nighttime - Our Environment.
This presentation at the 2008 Annual Conference held in Tekapo is intended to provide an extended view of the issue of light pollution from that provided by the guest speaker Mr Bryan King. Light pollution has a real impact on a wide range of our environment. Mr King's talk is from the lighting industry point of view and provides much hope of improvements in New Zealand's outdoor lighting.
Volume 47, number 3. September 2008. Pp 7 - 8
Patrick Moore honoured.
compiled by R W Evans.
One of our society's two Honorary members is Sir Patrick Moore. On July 9th this year he was further honoured for his life's work in astronomy by the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom with the award of Distinguished Honorary Fellow.
Volume 47, number 3. September 2008. Pp 9 - 10
Southern Stars: Volume 47, number 4. December 2008. Pp 1 - 28.
Heliacal Leo - Obnubilated Draco.
A personal, descriptive account of the 10th Asian Pacific IAU Regional Meeting, Kunming, China. August 3-6, 2008.
Volume 47, number 4. December 2008. Pp 3 - 5
Mt John University Observatory:
the past, the present and the future.
A Conference paper presented at the Annual RASNZ Conference, Lake Tekapo, May 2008.
Volume 47, number 4. December 2008. Pp 6 - 11
An Eye on the Universe.
R W Evans.
"An Eye on the Universe" is the name given to the astrophotography exhibition that is to tour New Zealand during the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
Volume 47, number 4. December 2008. Page 11
Observatory Automation -
is it for you?.
In an effort to get a good night's sleep and a good night's observing, the author decided to automate his observatory and instruments. He describes his mount, dome including rain protection, instruments and computing.
Volume 47, number 4. December 2008. Pp 12 - 14
Introducing the AUT 12m Radio
Sergei Gulyaev and Tim Natusch.
A 12m radio telescope was launched in New Zealand, 70 km North of Auckland. It is a fully steerable fast slewing antenna of Cassegrain design. The radio telescope is equipped with a dual-band (S/X) dual-polarization (LCP/RCP) feed system designed for astrophysical and geodetic research. Equipped with a Hydrogen maser clock and Gbps fibre optic data links it will allow New Zealand to contribute to international VLBI and eVLBI research and service. The launch of the radio astronomical observatory and the corresponding educational program at AUT University are important steps for New Zealand towards its participation in an Australasian SKA.
Volume 47, number 4. December 2008. Pp 15 - 17
Astronomy at the University of
Canterbury Department of Physics and Astronomy and Mt John University Observatory.
The Annual Report of the Department for 2007.
Volume 47, number 4. December 2008. Pp 18 - 26