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.

Public Astronomy nights at the Cawthron Atkinson Observatory will commence after end of daylight savings, with the first night scheduled for Friday 9th of April.

See the Support page for details of how you can become a member of NSS and the Astronomy Section.

Public nights at the Observatory are starting again

The first public night for 2021 is currently scheduled for Friday 9th of April (that’s the Friday after Easter). 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. Read More