Palmerston North Astronomical Society

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Palmerston North
Astronomical Society


We meet on the last Wednesday of every month (except for January and December), and we also schedule viewing nights, depending on the weather. Our meetings are held at the Manawatu Observatory, in Anzac Park on Cliff Road. Keep an eye on the Calendar and the News pages. Our society also produces a monthly newsletter, Te Patiki, which has a strong local flavour, as well as highlighting some of the latest global news in astronomy. With literally hundreds of years of experience at our fingertips, our members are well-placed to pass on a wealth of astronomical knowledge to those who are keen to learn.


We are a very active group of amateurs who tackle many of the fields of astronomy available to lay people. P.N.A.S. members have been leaders in the field of astrophotography/imaging for several decades, and that trend is continuing with some of the younger members advancing along these lines.  If you want to experience some of the greatest displays that nature has on offer, both through the eyepiece and with the naked eye, then the Palmerston North Astronomical Society can be your gateway to the universe.

Our next meeting

This month's meeting will be at 8pm on Wednesday April 27th at the Manawatu Observatory. This month's speaker will be Tessa Hiscox, talking about her research on variable stars.

UU Muscae: an investigation into the southern variable star and introductory astronomy.

She will also be discussing her experience as a student into beginning a scientific look at astronomy and presenting her work for others.

We're looking forward to hearing Tessa speak!

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Come over to the dark side

Please note that the yearly subscriptions are due at the May meeting.

Waged members:    $50 per year

Unwaged/students: $25 per year

Family:                    $75 per year

These can be paid in person at the meetings, or directly into the society's bank account:


Please include your name with the payment.

Our committee members


Ian Cooper


Stephen Chadwick


George Ionas

Other committee members:

Noel Munford

Peter Wilde

Tim Dupuis

Stephen Chadwick

Jill Galloway

Robert Joe

Mark Anderson

anzac park, palmerston north