Professional Astronomers Group within RASNZ

The Professional Astronomers Group was set up at the RASNZ Annual General Meeting held at Dunedin in May 2011. The principal guidelines and operating protocols of PAG are shown below. The full guidelines and protocols are available for download as a Word document.

Any professional astronomer interested in joining the PAG should contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Dr Nicholas Rattenbury

Guidelines and operating protocols for the PAG
  1. Membership: The PAG will comprise professional astronomers in NZ. These will be defined either as those who are IAU members, or as those who, by virtue of their professional activities in astronomy and who would meet normal IAU membership criteria, may join PAG by invitation or after individual solicitation. Any IAU member in NZ is free to decline membership of PAG, or leave PAG at their own volition at any time. Membership of RASNZ will not be a prerequisite for membership of PAG, but RASNZ membership will be strongly encouraged.
  2. Chair of PAG: Whenever the chair of PAG falls vacant, then the members of PAG will hold an election (normally by email) so as to appoint a new chair of PAG from amongst PAG members. The chair will normally serve for a three-year term. The election will be conducted by the RASNZ Council. The Chairperson shall maintain an up-to-date membership list of PAG and provide that list to the RASNZ Council on request by the President or Executive Secretary.
  3. RASNZ representative on RS Advisory Panel (Physical Sciences): The RASNZ Council shall nominate a representative for the Society from amongst the membership of the PAG and who will serve on the RS Advisory Panel (Physical Sciences). Normally the representative of RASNZ will be the chairperson of PAG and will serve for a three-year term on the RS Advisory Panel which is concurrent with the position of PAG Chair. Membership or Fellowship of the RS is not a prerequisite for this appointment.
  4. Functions of PAG:
    • The PAG will make recommendations (through the channel of the Royal Society) of the names of individuals in NZ who are to be nominated for membership of the IAU.
    • The PAG will recommend to the RS the name of one of its members who should be NZ representative at IAU General Assemblies, who will serve on various IAU committees and cast a vote for NZ at the IAU on motions proposed at IAU General Assemblies. (Such representatives normally receive RS funding for their participation at a General Assembly).
    • The PAG may make proposals to the IAU or to the RS for the sponsorship of astronomical conferences which are proposed to be held in NZ.
    • The PAG may raise any matter concerning astronomy of interest to RASNZ or to the RS and bring it to the attention of their respective councils.
    • The PAG will promote the interests of astronomers, professional and amateur, in NZ, foster the joint amateur-professional symbiosis within RASNZ, and generally support the aims of RASNZ in promoting astronomy in NZ, including teaching, research, public outreach in astronomy and support for amateur astronomy by professionals where appropriate.

Membership of the RASNZ is open to all interested in Astronomy. An annual subscription is payable which becomes due on January 1 each year.

A student rate is applicable to any person engaged in full time study at a secondary or tertiary educational institution. If applying for student membership please show on the membership form (in the Additional comments section) the name of the institution where you are studying.

The RASNZ rules and bylaws are available to download (RASNZ Rules and Bylaws) as a PDF file.

 

This form may be used to apply for membership of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand.

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General Information

The object of the Society is the promotion and extension of knowledge of astronomy and related branches of science. It encourages interest in Astronomy, and is an association of observers and others for mutual help and advancement of science. It was founded in 1920 as the New Zealand Astronomical Society and assumed its present title on receiving the Royal Charter in 1946. In 1967 it became a Member Body of the Royal Society of New Zealand. The address of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand is:

P O Box 3181, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Membership

See Glen Rowe's Member benefits article.

Membership of the Society is open to all interested in astronomy. The RASNZ has about 180 individual members, including both professional and amateur astronomers. Many of the astronomical research and observing programmes carried out in this country involve collaboration between professional and amateur observers in New Zealand and elsewhere. In addition the society has a number of special interest groups or sections which cater for people who have interests in particular areas of astronomy. There are also a number of local societies which are affiliated to the RASNZ but generally cater for local amateur astronomers.

The RASNZ rules and bylaws are available to download (RASNZ Rules and Bylaws) as a PDF file.

Subscriptions

The 2015 annual subscription of the RASNZ for ordinary members is $40.00. This is reduced to $20.00 for students engaged in full-time study. Special rates apply to Affiliated Societies, and to overseas members.   Subscriptions cover the calendar year, reduced rates apply for those joining late in the year.  Membership forms and further details are available on line.

Publications received by members include Southern Stars is the Society Journal published four times a year. This is published in both electronic format (PDF) for download, and also printed and offered to members at a reduced rate over the normal subscription rate.  The Email Newsletter is published monthly apart from December and sent to members by email. Members without Email may receive a printed copy. An Astronomical Yearbook is published annually towards the end of one year covering astronomical events for the following year. This is available to members as an optional extra.

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Contacts for the Society Officers

Society Officers may be contacted by Email from the following links.
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Annual Conference

An Annual RASNZ Conference is held at which members and non-members present papers on their own observations, research and other topics of astronomical interest. Anyone interested in astronomy is welcome to attend.


RASNZ Publications

The RASNZ produces or co-produces a number of publications. These are supplied to all members as part of their subscription.
Southern Stars
Southern Star is the official journal of RASNZ. It is intended the new look publication should contain:
  • RESEARCH PAPERS - theoretical, observational, technical, historical, etc.
  • NEWS ARTICLES regarding recent events in NZ astronomy - discoveries, gatherings, awards, etc.
  • ANNUAL REPORTS from NZ astronomical institutions.
  • REVIEWS of astronomical activities - sections, local/regional groups, personal, etc
  • LETTERS to the editor
  • OBSERVERS FORUM - particularly interesting photographs or descriptions.
Southern Stars is normally published quarterly. Institutions may subscribe to Southern Stars at the rate of $75 per annum. Intending contributors should contact the editor who will advise on current requirements for contributions.
Send Emails to the editor, Mr R W Evans This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., postal address: 15 Taiepa Road, RD9 Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand.

General enquiries about Southern Stars should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by postal mail to Southern Stars, RASNZ, PO Box 3181, Wellington, NZ.

Recent Southern Stars issues are available (to members only) for download as .PDF files.


Email Newsletter
RASNZ now produces a monthly Email Newsletter. This is sent by Email to all members with this facility and to all Societies affiliated to RASNZ. Members without Email will be sent a printed copy.

Any other person or institution who would like to receive this Newsletter by Email should send a message requesting they be added to the circulation list to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Email Newsletter is published monthly from January to November and is timed to appear about the 20th of the month. It contains news about RASNZ council, Affiliated Societies and RASNZ sections, together with items of current interest in astronomy in New Zealand and beyond. Contributions may be sent to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at any time. The deadline for each issue is normally the 18th of the month.


Astronomical Yearbook
This handbook of stars and planets in the southern skies is published by the Auckland Observatory and is optionally distributed by RASNZ to its members.

The Astronomical Yearbook contains articles and information on a wide range of topics aimed to provide a useful resource for everyone who is interested in astronomy in New Zealand. It includes monthly star charts, sunrise and sunset tables for four major districts of New Zealand, tables of moonrise and set and much more.