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 page for full details).

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

Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction, Dec 21st 2020

On December 21 Jupiter and Saturn will appear the closest together in the night sky since 1623. This is called the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. Local astronomers will be bringing their telescopes to the Tasman Heights lookout, 325 Princess Drive. You are also welcome to bring good binoculars. Some are… Read More

Observatory Viewing nights

Cawthron Atkinson Observatory viewing nights  These have resumed, and are held on each clear Friday evening until further notice, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Cawthron Atkinson Observatory, Clifton Terrace School, Atawhai, Nelson. Observe various objects through our C14 telescope, and some of our other, portable, telescopes. For the rest of the… Read More