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  operates and maintains fixed, portable and loan telescopes at the Cawthron Atkinson Observatory for public open nights (see Astronomy section page for dates) and member use at other times, holds astronomy-related talks and regular meetings, as well as conducts other astronomy events to bring astronomy to the public. The astronomy section is currently run by its committee as a section of the NSS and thus section members must also be members of NSS. For full details see the astronomy section page at the link above.

See the Support page or the form at the end of each page for details of how you can become a member of NSS and the Astronomy Section.

Astronomy Section talk August

On 5 August, club member Dr Bill Rea will be presenting presenting a talk on dark matter: August meeting: Dark Matter — The Death of Modified Gravity This talk would review three lines of evidence (galaxy cluster velocity dispersion, galaxy rotation curves, and gravitational lensing) which lead astronomers… Read More

Public nights at the Observatory

Public nights are held on each clear sky (or at least partly clear) Friday evening until the end of September, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Cawthron Atkinson Observatory, Clifton Terrace School, Atawhai, Nelson. Come along and observe the universe through our C14 telescope and our other, portable, telescopes. For the next few… Read More