CAS - Canterbury Astronomical Society

Outreach. Discover the universe..

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Outreach is an important part of the work carried out by CAS. We hold regular public open nights during the winter months. A visit to the observatory is a memorable experience for young and old alike.

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Herbert Star Gazer's Getaway - Sep 11th - 14th 2015

The Herbert Star Gazer's Getaway will be a great celebration this year. If you are passionate about astronomy and you enjoy meeting other astronomers, both amateur and professional, then don't miss this event. If you love trying out a variety of astronomy...

Seeing red with SOFIA

This winter sees the second visit to Christchurch of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). SOFIA is an airborne observatory operated by NASA and the German Aerospace Centre DLR.

A lucky few CAS members were given a tour of...

RASNZ Conference 2015 wrap up

We are pleased to report that the 2015 RASNZ conference, co-hosted by the University of Canterbury Physics and Astronomy Department and CAS, was a great success.

Around 140 attendees packed the Tekapo community hall for a variety variety of speakers...

The Society. Join Us.

Becoming a member of CAS is a great way to meet like minded astronomers and gives you access to a wide array of resources. Whether you are new to the hobby or an old hand, CAS membership has a lot to offer.

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The Observatory. Get out under the stars.

The jewel in the crown of the society, the R. F. Joyce Observatory is a unique facility in New Zealand, offering members and visitors access to an array of telescopes at a dark sky site just half an hour from Christchurch City.

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