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Total Lunar Eclipse - 2007 August 28.
Deborah Hambley.

Most parts of New Zealand were blessed with clear skies for at least much of the eclipse. Here are a few eclipse tales.
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Comet Gilmore P/2007 Q2
Alan Gilmore.

These days the regular near-earth object (NEO) search programmes find most comets when they are faint and far from the sun, leaving few to be found by traditional search methods. Thus the author was lucky to stumble across a faint new comet while doing NEO follow-up work at Mt John.
Volume 46, number 3. June 2007. P5

Mt John Spectroscopic Observations of the d Scuti binary star RS Cha.
Robyn Woollands, Karen Pollard, Duncan Wright, David Ramm, Torsten Bohm.

The RS Cha system is an eclipsing double-lined spectroscopic binary star which has both components identified as being d Scuti stars. We have obtained spectroscopic observations of RS Cha from Mt John University Observatory using the 1.0-m McLellan telescope and HERCULES in order to look at the orbit and stellar rotation of the system, and the pulsations of both components of the binary. We present evidence which suggests the existence of a third component in this system. This results in a complicated and interesting system for further study.
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Statement of Financial Performance for the year ended 31 December 2006 - correction..

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The IAU Meteor Stream Archiving Project.
Jack Baggaley. The International Astronomical Union has a project for the establishment of a definitive working list of named meteor streams. The necessity has arisen from not only the regular discovery of more complex structure in the Solar System Dust cloud but problems such as the re-discovery and multiple naming of streams.

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Asteroidal Occultation Results.
David Herald et al. The predictions of occultation paths has become much more reliable from a combination of the high-accuracy star catalogues Hipparcos, Tycho2, and UCAC, together with improvements of orbital elements using the latest data available from the USNO FASTT program and other programs. More than 1000 occultations of stars by asteroids have been observed since the first one reported in 1958. Many of these involved observations from more than one location, allowing for the determination of the size and shape of the asteroid. This paper presents the determination of the size and shape of asteroids from about 80 occultations, as well as details of several double stars detected during occultations.

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Semi-Automated Loading of Occultation Results Using Excel Macros.
John Talbot (NZ), Brad Timerson (USA)

Templates have been developed using either Text based or Excel based recording forms that can be loaded to Win-Occult OBS format in batches using Excel VBA macros. The .OBS file needs to be loaded to Win-Occult to complete the operation and to check the results, but there is a significant saving of time for the Recorder/Reducer compared to manual data entry. The Excel template enables some checking of data to be performed before it is sent by the observer. The method is now in common use in USA and we would like feedback from local observers to see if they would like to use the new templates in this region. This paper was presented to the First Trans-Tasman Occultation Symposium July 2007.
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2007 Murray Geddes Prize.

The Murray Geddes Prize for 2007 was awarded to Robert Rea of Nelson
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Ephemeral Solar Active Regions 2007
July Harry Roberts.

The writer's first experience of a solar minimum is proving to be both exciting and challenging. The excitement comes from searching for and often finding small sunspot groups (Active Regions, AR) on a solar disc that at first looks blank. The detail visible in such small AR is very seeing dependant, and mapping the details is a challenge. As spots now seem to disappear as quickly as they arise, another challenge is to establish their positions before they vanish.
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