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  1. Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, his family has said. The British physicist was known for his work with black holes and relativity, and wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time. "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today," a family statement said. At the age of 22 Stephen Hawking was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43396008
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    Hi and welcome. An area is available for general member discussion once your membership request has been received. We look forward to seeing you there. Membership is available via the store link above.
  3. CAS Member Meeting - Februrary 2018


    Due to the state of emergency issued by Christchurch City Council, and the data suggesting the weather is due peak at 10pm, I have been just been advised tonight's meeting has been cancelled. Selwyn has now also just issued a state of emergency.
  4. CAS Member Meeting - Februrary 2018


  5. The Southland Astronomical Society wishes to inform the public of the passing of one of its founding members, Russell Beck, who died on Saturday 10th of February 2018. Russell was not only a founding member, but also life member of the Southland Astronomical Society. He was Director of the Southland Museum and Art Gallery in the 1980's -90's, which helped the society to mount exhibits of an astronomical nature. He built the 12” telescope which was housed in the museum's observatory. It went on to serve the community for four decades, until is was removed at Christmas 2015. Russell was involved in the establishment of the observatory and ran it for some years. Russell will be sadly missed and our thoughts and prayers go to the Beck family at this sad time.
  6. N44 Complex (R.F. Joyce Observatory; 07/02/2018)

    Ah this is interesting. Great capture and some lovely details in the structure. You mentioned that it's false color, for those of us that don't know, what colours should each gas type be?
  7. Applications are now open for the 2018 Elaine P. Snowden Astronomy School. The College of Science and the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences at UC are offering Year 13 students throughout New Zealand the chance to attend a 5-day astronomy camp in Christchurch and Tekapo. The annual Elaine P. Snowden Astronomy School camp is an inspiring experience for 20 successful applicants, as you can see from the video of last year’s students. The camp takes place 16 to 20 April at UC's Ilam campus in Christchurch and the Mt John University Observatory in Tekapo. There is no charge for the camp – even travel costs are covered by the generous sponsor. Applications close on Monday 5 March, and can be found here: http://bit.ly/EPSAstroSchool One of last year’s attendees, Meg Nowak, created her own video of the experience:
  8. Lunar eclipse 31st Jan

    Talking of weather forecasts. The representation of the cloud hole I live in, doesn't get any clearer than this..... 2am Thursday cloud cover
  9. Lunar eclipse 31st Jan

    Some media outlets are calling this a blue moon. This is usually the 2nd full moon of the month but as the full moon is not until 1 February at 2:26 a.m. it cannot really be claimed.
  10. The Humanity Star

    Its not actually that bright, so not sure if its working as intended. Its supposed to be naked eye, but no-one is going to see it based on these figures.
  11. In a significant astronomical discovery, School of Physical and Chemical Sciences at UC scientist Dr Anna McLeod has made the very first detection of a jet from a very young, massive star in a galaxy that is not our own. Marsden Fellow Dr Anna McLeod, of UC’s School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, says this discovery will drive significant advancement in the field of star formation. “It also gives a further clue on one of the biggest questions in modern astronomy: how do massive stars form?” Dr McLeod says. “Massive stars are so important because they regulate the formation of new generations of stars as well as the evolution of entire galaxies. Our discovery captures a massive star as it is forming, and it sheds light onto the formation mechanism.” http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/news/2018/new-nz-research-shows-first-jet-from-massive-young-star-detected-outside-our-galaxy.html
  12. The Humanity Star

    Looks like they've had a bit of a backlash against their "disco ball". What are your thoughts? Personally I can't decide and probably won't until I see it. I think it would be fabulous for outreach and getting kids into space and astronomy and starting discussions, but I'm not sure I'd like it flashing across an aurorascape. That 9 months decay orbit may be a godsend.
  13. The Humanity Star has been revealed as the secret payload from the first Electron launch into orbit.The geodesic sphere dubbed the Humanity Star, will orbit Earth and everyone will have the opportunity to see it. The satellite will appear as a bright, glinting star shooting across the night sky. "My hope is that all those looking up at it will look past it to the vast expanse of the universe and think a little differently about their lives, actions and what is important for humanity," said Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck, who created the Humanity Star project. "The Humanity Star is a way of looking beyond our immediate situation, whatever that may be, and understanding we are all in this together as one species, collectively responsible for innovating and solving the challenges facing us all. "We must come together as a species to solve the really big issues like climate change and resource shortages," Mr Beck said. The satellite is currently orbiting the Earth after being launched from New Zealand and successfully deploying to orbit on Sunday. It is the first New Zealand-designed and built satellite to orbit the Earth. The Humanity Star is a geodesic sphere made from carbon fibre with 65 highly reflective panels. The sphere spins rapidly, reflecting the sun’s light back to Earth, creating a bright, flashing effect that can be seen in the night sky. You can track it here http://thehumanitystar.com/#tracker and for those who maybe concerned about the effect on the night sky, you'll be pleased to know it will decay in 9 months.
  14. Event: Getting to Mars

    As we found with our events, its a side effect of issuing free tickets. Lets hope people actually release them if they can't go.
  15. Electron Launch Video - Very cool!

    Launch patches available https://shop.rocketlabusa.com/products/mission-patch-still-testing