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  1. Power outage

    Lol. What area were you in at the time?
  2. Orionids meteor shower

    Where Can I See the Orionids? It's called Orionids because the meteors seem to emerge or radiate from the constellation Orion. A First Quarter Moon will make this meteor shower easy to see in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. While you can easily see a shooting star looking straight up, the table below shows the exact direction of the Orionids from your location.
  3. The Orionids run from the Oct 2 - Nov 7, and peak tonight at 2am on Oct 21
  4. There may be more ringed objects in the outer solar system than anyone knew. This week, researchers revealed that the egg-shaped dwarf planet Haumea - one of four known diminutive planets that circle the sun from beyond the orbit of Neptune - is surrounded by a ring of material roughly 43 miles in width. Although rings are well-known around Saturn (obviously) as well as Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus, the new discovery represents the third time in just the last few years that scientists have found a ring around a solar system object that is not a planet. https://i.stuff.co.nz/science/98029240/beyond-the-orbit-of-neptune-a-dwarf-planet-is-found-to-have-a-ring
  5. Andromeda

    Being a northerly constellation, Andromeda is, at best, only visible for a few hours each night. From the South Island, the most northerly parts of the constellation do not rise above the horizon. Alpheratz, α And, is about 24° above the horizon at its highest as seen from Auckland. From the extreme south of New Zealand its maximum height is 14°. Most of the rest of the constellation is lower. In terms of time the galaxy is above the horizon for about 4 hours 40 minutes from Christchurch. Thus there is only a fairly brief window of opportunity to see the galaxy during the night. For New Zealand, it is due north, and highest, at about 10:30 pm (NZDT) in mid November, an hour later at the beginning of the month and an hour earlier by the end of the month. By the latter date it will be running into evening twilight. For each month before November, the galaxy will be at its highest two hours later. This means it is visible from New Zealand during the hours of darkness from about the beginning of July to the end of November.
  6. Tarantula Nebula and the LMC

    Hey looks like you two are in competition
  7. Tarantula Nebula (NGC7020)

    Looking good jamie
  8. CAS AGM

    The Canterbury Astronomical Society AGM will be held on 2Oth March 2018. More information to follow
  9. New Zealand Almanac 2018

    Almanac 2018 is both a Solar and Lunar calendar. Each monthly grid includes the phases of the Moon, the rise and set times of the Sun and Moon, planetary phenomena, meteor activity, solstices and equinoxes, public and school holidays, religious festivals, historical astronomical events, a Maori calendar and ancient star lore pertaining to each month. The planet rise and set is back by popular demand. The Almanac contains dozens of spectacular full colour images of celestial objects It also includes full colour charts of the Night Sky through the seasons. An information page explains how to use the Almanac and charts. The Almanac is produced for the Phoenix Astronomical Society by Richard Hall, Kay Leather, and Charlotte Hird. You can purchase copies directly at http://www.stonehenge-aotearoa.co.nz/shop-online.html
  10. CAS Member Meeting - October


    Updated location map to show new entrance to the building. Please note this important change.
  11. CAS Member Meeting - October


    Don't forget to use the RSVP to let us know if you can go or not.
  12. until

    How was it? I'm due to see the talk at the weekend Starlight festival?
  13. Website signing up process

    The CAS website has 3 levels of access Guest (no registration required) Public access no interaction. Member (free website registration required) Public access with interaction: Enabling responses ie comments, reviews, RSVP, new topics, astronomy discussion, image upload. CAS Member (an application needs to me made and subscriptions paid - pre-requisite website member) Gives full access to all areas including the hidden CAS Member area. Anyone may join the website as a member - free of charge, all you need to do is sign up. Complete the following fields Display name Email address Password Confirm password Fill in the TWO WORDS required for the Security Check Tick the agree box for terms of use and privacy policy Click create my account You will then be prompted to confirm your email. You will receive an email within a few minutes, if its any longer than this, please check your spam or junk email options. Don't forget to white-list us for future emails. Click on Validate my email address You will then receive a confirmation email telling you, registration is complete. Your free registration is complete. You now have website member access. If you would now like to become a full CAS Member, please go to the Membership Store at https://www.cas.org.nz/store/category/1-cas-membership-2018/
  14. Posting to the video gallery

    The video gallery is located at https://www.nzbees.net/gallery/category/2-video/ To post, you will need to first need to create a thumbnail image or get one from your provider website. If you are not sure how to do this, you can use a youtube thumbnail grabber at https://boingboing.net/features/getthumbs.html simply paste your youtube url into the page and select a suitable thumbnail. Click Add images Add your thumbnail at step 2 where it asks for your image Create a caption and a description ADD YOUR YOUTUBE URL TO THE DESCRIPTION Your video will embed Click finish editing
  15. What are activity streams?

    Activity streams display content in a similar way to a facebook wall, twitter or instagram and are a great way to bring in those not used to forums. For those that are used to forums, you may find the activity streams confusing, so we've created new content searches that reflect the traditional quick find options. These are in fact customised activity streams. Here you will see the difference is as a result of the options selected. In these examples under "Unread content" and "Content I started" is a summary of the search results. For instance, one of the changes is READ STATUS - UNREAD Have a play with the options yourself to see the results. When you find an option you like for the material you wish to see, you can save it as a search or create a new custom stream Notice that you can also display the results in Condensed or Expanded view. You can rename your search and IMPORTANTLY you can save it as YOUR default search, so that you get the results you want when you click new content. A word of caution. If you select your own search, please remember that there are different elements - topic/images/blogs/downloads/clubs/calendar etc As an example: If you select topics only, you wont get to see what else is going on on the site. This is emphasised in our content searches, which are split into the elements, but also have an all content result.