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.

Dr JJ Eldridge ‘Why we need exploding binary stars for life’.

Dr JJ Eldridge, Associate Professor, Dept of Physics Auckland University – a talk on  “Why we need exploding binary stars for life” Where: NMIT, Room A211 (enter by back door off carpark) When: Wednesday February 26th, 7.30 – 9.00 pm Gold coin donation, No bookings needed Over the past… Read More

Our Moon, Then, Now and Beyond – 2 interesting talks coming up

Go and see the amazing exhibition at the Nelson Provincial Museum. It’s called Our Moon: Then, Now and Beyond. There are two interesting talks coming up as part of this exhibition: 1. Eclipses Uncovered by Duncan Steel.  Where: Nelson Museum cnr Trafalgar and Hardy Streets. Upper Gallery When:… Read More

Astronomy Viewing Nights

Public Outreach nights at the Cawthron Atkinson Observatory will take place each clear Friday night from March 20th until mid-October. The first night in 2020, March 20th, starts at 8.00 pm. Depending on the time of year, moon phase etc there will be viewing of the Moon, planets, and… Read More