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.

MacDiarmid Lecture: Innovation for Sustainability

MacDiarmid Lecture: Innovation for Sustainability.Come and hear MacDiarmid Institute scientists talk about how materials science is offering a greener future for our planet. When: Wednesday 4th September, 7.30 – 9.00 pm Where: Beachside Conference and Events Centre (70 Beach Road, Tahunanui, Nelson). Gold coin donation please… Read More

Next Astronomy section meeting September 5th

When: Thursday September 5th, 7,30 to 9.00 pm. Where: Cawthron Seminar Room, corner of Milton and Halifax Streets. Gold coin donation. Tabby’s Star – the most mysterious star in the Universe Tabby’s Star is an F-type main-sequence star approximately 1,470 light-years from Earth.  Unusual light fluctuations of the… Read More

Astronomy Viewing Nights

Public Outreach nights at the Cawthron Atkinson Observatory 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 deep sky objects in the night sky, especially in and around… Read More