Welcome to the website of the Nelson Science Society (NSS) and its Astronomy Section (AS). NSS is a branch of the Royal Society Te Apārangi and promotes science within the Nelson/Tasman region by holding regular scientific talks from a variety of experts throughout the year and by promoting science education in schools and colleges.

The Astronomy section is run as an independent constituent of the NSS and maintains its own program of events (see Astronomy Section pages for full details and newsletter).

See the Support page for details of how you can become a member.

Mick Johnston ONZM

On behalf of all the members of the Nelson Science Society, many many congratulations to Mike Johnston for your recognition in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to geological science and… Read More

Astronomy Viewing Nights

Public Outreach nights at the Cawthron Atkinson Observatory will recommence on Friday, 15 March, 2019. These will take place each clear Friday night through till mid-October. Depending on the time of year, moon phase etc there will be viewing of the Moon, planets, and the various… Read More

2018 Cawthron lecture video

Here is the link to Jonathon Porritt’s Thomas Cawthron Memorial lecture. https://vimeo.com/296992552?fbclid=IwAR0xEJHf3wWIhNszuZ4X_7I3EyWC7QftvbjEVw7NeCWl_316wiSOQovpkBE… Read More