Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand

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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 Fireballs Aotearoa Section of RASNZ has announced an exciting opportunity this Thursday in the Tekapo - Mackenzie Basin area.

We will have a meteorite hunt for the meteorite that fell on March 13th in the Tekapo region!

The stone is probably about 0.5 kg but should stand out in the region that is otherwise greywacke rock. The leaders of this search have done a reconnaissance visit and are now ready for a proper search involving the public.

The search will be this Thursday (21st March 2024). People that would like to participate should:

  • Be in Tekapo at 8 am, ready for an 8.15 departure to the strewn-field. It will be a day out adventure.
  • The point of meeting is in the carpark by the public toilets behind Tekapo Restaurant and Bar on Motuariki Ln.
  • Bring hat, sunglasses, sun cream, plenty of water, lunch, study footwear as well as plastic bags and toilet paper (just in case we cannot get a port-a-loo) etc.
  • GPS, compass, pen and paper, if possible.  

I would appreciate it if you would contact me at if you are interested in participating, so that we can keep a record of people.


Thank you for your support


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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