Public Meeting Tuesday 9th April 2019

This view shows several of the ALMA antennas and the central regions of the Milky Way above. In this wide field view, the zodiacal light is seen upper right and at lower left Mars is seen. Saturn is a bit higher in the sky towards the centre of the image. The image was taken during the ESO Ultra HD (UHD) Expedition.

The band of the Milky Way galaxy can be seen at night in areas with dark skies. Here it is seen with several Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Arra (ALMA) antenna. (Credit: ESO/B. Tafreshi


Our next meeting is this Tuesday 9th April


The Program

On-screen presentations –

The formation of Our Galaxy

Saturn’s Largest Moon: Titan –

Saturn’s largest moon Titan was one of the main subjects for exploration by NASA’s Cassini mission. Titan is larger than the planet Mercury. It has a dense atmosphere of mainly nitrogen, and is the only place in the solar system, apart from earth, with seas of liquid at the surface.

Vector illustration. Planet Saturn with Moon

Vector illustration. Planet Saturn with Titan


Our Society’s financial year starts on 1st April.

Accordingly members’ subscriptions are due for payment.


Annual membership –

$30 each adult

or $40 each family

$10 students.


Payment methods are easy.

Either –

By cheque at any of our meetings.


Or –

On-line to our bank account.


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“Subscription” and your name.

Once payment is received your nametags will be available at subsequent meetings.


Our next public meeting then –

Formation of our Galaxy and Titan

Tuesday 9th April at 7.30pm

Fergusson Park Observatory, Tilby Drive, Matua, Tauranga.


Telescope viewing is subject to cloud cover.


Admission to our meetings –

A donation of $5 is requested.

Members & children free.



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With funding support from:


Slooh Space Camera


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