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.

The History of New Zealand birds in New Zealand: Geoff Norman

July 23rd: Geoff Norman, the author of “Birdstories”, will talk on the History of New Zealand birds in New Zealand.  Kiwi, kākāpō, takahē, moa, tūī – these birds, and many others, are unique to Aotearoa New Zealand, and famous throughout the world. Geoff Norman will talk about the unusual… 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