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

Wai-iti Dark Sky Park

Congratulations to Ralph Bradley and the  ‘Top of the South Dark Sky’ committee and its online identity ‘Dark Skies Tasman’ for their five years of hard work and their success in getting the Wai-iti Recreation Reserve and Tunnicliff Forest designated New Zealand’s first ‘Dark Sky Park’. Read More

Astronomy Section; Observatory viewing nights and the next talk

CAWTHRON ATKINSON OBSERVATORY VIEWING NIGHTS: These have resumed, and are held on each clear Friday evening until the end of September, 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. Read More

2020 NSS and AS Subscriptions

We will make a decision about 2020 subscriptions in July.  If you have already paid we will date your subscription from the time that we ask for subscriptions. Read More

Feedback please

Covid-19 has made everyone look at the way they deliver talks and disseminate information. Local speakers will probably give talks in the usual way but many national organisations are looking at presenting lectures via Zoom or similar means. Nelson Science Society would like feedback on the types of activities you… Read More