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.

Astronomy Viewing Nights

Note: Friday 17 May 2019 – The Observatory will not be opening tonight due to inclement weather. 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… 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