Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand

Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand

Welcome to the website of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand.

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

Latest News and Notices

RASNZ Conference 24-26 May 2024, Nelson. Early-bird registrations will end soon.

From 1 May the registration fees will increase by $40. Click here to secure your attendance.

Come and see a rock from space: We are excited to announce that Fireballs Aotearoa is bringing the recently found Tekapo/Takapō meteorite to Nelson.

Those wishing to present a talk at the conference and/or submit a poster paper can use the submission forms available on the registration page.

For further information, visit the conference website at Click here

The conference organisers are grateful for the support provided by ASTRONZ, Nelson Pine Industries and Club Waimea. 

We look forward to seeing you in Nelson.


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The Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand encourages interest in astronomy.
It is an association of observers and others for mutual help and advancement of science.​​​​​​​

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