Autumn Astrocamp

Friday, 10th May 2013 at 5:30pm - 4pm Sunday, 12th May

Location: Society Clubrooms

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Autumn Astrocamp 2013

Join us for two days of talks, socialising and observing, at our clubrooms and dark sky observing site in the Wairarapa.

FRIDAY 10th of MAY

Afternoon program at the Observatory

11:30am           ANNULAR ECLIPSE & SOLAR OBSERVING - with Robin Warnes & Edwin Rodley
Join us at the observatory for solar observing.  There will be a partial solar eclipse – don’t forget to bring your solar viewers from the Transit of Venus. Experienced solar observer Steve Chadwick of Levin will also have his two H-alpha solar telescopes to view the sun.
2:00pm             Afternoon tea and observatory/clubrooms tidy-up
3:00pm             Solar Observing.   Session ends at 4pm.
5:00pm             Informal dinner at the Buckhorn in Carterton


Evening program in the clubrooms

7:00pm             ANCIENT GREEK ASTRONOMY           Presentation by George Moutzouris


The Greek contribution to astronomy was not so much in observation as it was in applying logical thinking and geometry to these observations. That is how Greek mathematicians figured out that the earth was spherical and went around the sun, calculated the size of the earth, understood eclipses and eclipse cycles and developed the first valid idea of the scale of the universe. 

This presentation is about those ancient Greek astronomers/mathematicians and their great contributions to our knowledge of the heavens and, to the world we know today.


7:40pm             THE GREAT NEBULA IN CARINA          Presentation by Richard Hall
In the constellation of Carina, almost overhead at this time of the year, is the largest star-forming region that we can observe in our Milky Way Galaxy.  In this presentation we explore this great nebula and follow the evolution of the gigantic star that lies at its heart.
8:20pm             Tea
8:30pm             AUTUMN NIGHT SKY (AV) followed by TELESCOPE VIEWING
10:00pm           Science Fiction Movie



10am Informal breakfast at the Wild Oats in Carterton

Afternoon program at the Clubrooms

1:00pm             THE LATEST SCIENCE NEWS  with Edwin Rodley

1:30pm             UNIVERSAL EVOLUTION         Presentation by Gerry Eady


                        Darwin was right on both counts!  Is Big Bang a whimper – Is life simple chemistry?


2:20pm             Afternoon tea

2:30pm             KURANUI ASTRONOMY            with Matt Boucher




Ian Cooper presents an insight into the genesis of the book “Imaging the Southern Sky” and how the final result came about.


3:30pm             ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP with Stephen Chadwick & Ian Cooper


5:00pm             Dinner at the Buckhorn in Carterton


Evening program in the clubrooms

7:00pm             LEGACY OF THE BLACK PHARAOHS Presentation by Kay Leather
An assembly of huge stone slabs and a calendar circle have been identified in Egypt’s Sahara Desert at Nabta Playa.  The site has been confirmed by scientists to be the oldest known astronomical alignment of megaliths in the world.  Nabta Playa was once a large basin in the Nubian Desert, at the gates of Black Africa, occupied by humans from about 6,500 to 6,000 years ago.  Egyptian and Nubian cultures interacted over the millennia and Nubian pharaohs ruled Egypt during the 25th dynasty.  This talk looks at the Nabta Playa site and its possible legacy in neighbouring Egypt.
7:40pm             Tea

7:50pm             TOURS OF THE SOUTHERN SKY         with Stephen Chadwick


Using many of the world class images from his book "Imaging the Southern Sky," Stephen has created a series of audio-visuals that will take you on short trips through the chapters in the book.

8:30pm             AUTUMN NIGHT SKY (AV) followed by TELESCOPE VIEWING

10:00pm           Science Fiction Movie


Displaying 2 comments
at 11:21pm on Wednesday, 8th May 2013
Can only come along for the Saturday evening (after dinner) talks
at 10:31pm on Thursday, 21st March 2013
hopefully can get the time of work, then will confirm

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