December 2014

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Mt John Observatory at 50 years
John Hearnshaw

In 2015, Mt John University Observatory will be 50 years old.
Volume 53, number 4. December 2014. P3

Living Together: Planets, Host Stars and Binaries. A Trip to Litomyšl (CZ)
Christoph Bergman

In this article I report on a conference I recently attended in Litomyšl (Czech Republic) and give a brief outline of the research I presented there, which aims to detect terrestrial planets in our neighbouring star sytem alpha Centauri.
Volume 53, number 4. December 2014. P6

Space Camp, South Canterbury
Freidl Hale

This past September, South Canterbury Astronomers Group hosted Space Camp at Raincliffe, outside of Timaru. It was our first go at hosting a large group of people and is deemed to have been a huge success.
Volume 53, number 4. December 2014. P8

Second Annual Astrophotography Weekend
Horowhenua Astronomical Society

On the weekend of 21st-23rd November 2014 the Horowhenua Astronomical Society hosted its second annual astrophotography get-together at Foxton beach, which is situated an hour and a half north of Wellington. The weekend promised to be a great event enabling likeminded people from all over New Zealand a chance to meet and discuss their favourite pastime.
Volume 53, number 4. December 2014. P9

In the Spirit of Eratosthenes, Measuring the Size of the Earth
Warwick Kissling

A written version of a talk given at the 2014 RASNZ Conference in Whakatane.
Volume 53, number 4. December 2014. P11

Big Sunspot
R W Evans

The second half of 2014 October was witness to the largest sunspot on the Sun's disc in 24 years. It was given the NOAA number 12192.
Volume 53, number 4. December 2014. P17