Saturday March 17 at 7:30pm
The vast and ancient constellation of Argo Navis, the
Ship of the Argonauts, encompasses one of the most
brilliant regions of the Milky Way. In 1763 the French
cartographer Lacaille subdivided it into three separate
constellations. These are Carina (The Keel), Puppis
(The Stern) and Vela (The Sails). Here we find the
Great Nebula in Carina – a vast cloud of glowing gas
studded with stars and star clusters – and the Gum
Nebula, the relic of titanic supernova explosions. In
this presentation, Ian Cooper and Richard Hall explore
the wonders of Argo Navis and, weather permitting,
we observe them through our large telescopes.
Wednesday March 21 at7pm
In the ancient world the Autumn Equinox was one of
the most important days in the year. It marked a time of
change in the seasons and the tasks of the people.
Weather permitting, our programme begins with
observing the Sun set on the Equinox Heel Stone at
Stonehenge Aotearoa. This occurs only on the day of
the Equinox, hence the reason for the date of this
programme. After sunset there will be a shared meal
and a special presentation: ‘Legends of the Equinox’.
added on Sunday, 11th March 2018 by Edwin Rod