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.

Hochstetter lecture: Bill Fry

Hochstetter Lecture:   Speaker Bill Fry from GNS on (TBC) ‘Distant Sourced tsunamis’. For more information on the lecture, go to this link. Hochstetter lecture. When: Tuesday, October 15th, 7.30 – 9.00 pm Where: Beachside Conference and Events Centre (70 Beach Road, Tahunanui, Nelson). There is… Read More

Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lecture

Beatrice Hill Tinsley lecture  When: Wednesday, October 16th, 7.30 – 9.00 pm Where: Elim Church, 625 Main Road Stoke. Cost: $5 koha to help cover the cost of the venue. Speaker: Babak A. Tafreshi is a photojournalist and science communicator. The National Geographic night sky photographer,… 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