Be part of the largest event taking place in the world this year to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy – celebrations are taking place worldwide from 2-5 April with 100 Hours of Astronomy – a 100 hour, round-the-clock, round-the-globe event. And it’s all starting here in Wellington! The Wellington Astronomical Society and Wellington City Libraries invite you to join in and look through telescopes, be part of live webcasts to the world and enjoy music performances.
Turn off your lights this Saturday and see the stars!
Between 8.30 and 9.30pm this Saturday 28 March, lights in Wellington and around New Zealand and the world will be turned off for Earth Hour, with the aim of raising awareness of the impact of climate change. It is also an important opportunity to realise the effect of light pollution and the impact it has on our ability to see the wonders of the night sky. Furthermore, recent reports such as this one from National Geographic show clear links to health risks and issues from lighting up the night – thanks to Terry G for sending this through.
So turn off your lights this Saturday and see how many stars you can find in the skies above where you live – and keep an eye out here throughout the year for further information about light pollution as we celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
Our first solar telescope viewing event as part of our celebrations for the International Year of Astronomy took place with Wellington Astronomical Society in Civic Square on Saturday. Using a special Hydrogen Alpha filter, viewers were able to see activity of the edge of the sun briefly in the morning and again later in the afternoon until the clouds rolled in and blocked the view. Although the sun didn’t shine for us all day that didn’t stop several hundred people from coming over to have a look and find out more.
If you missed out come along to our next astronomy event in Civic Square on the 4th and 5th April when Wellington Astronomical Society and Wellington City Libraries will be participating in the ‘100 Hours of Astronomy’. This international event aims to have 1 million people looking through a telescope over a 100 hour time period – come along to join in the fun and be one of them!
If you’re passing the Central Library this weekend, take a look at the telescope on display in the foyer window. Built in 1930 in Auckland by Robert Bruce, it’s the oldest refractor telescope made in NZ.
If you can’t make it this weekend the telescope will still be on display until April 18th as part of our astronomy display on the first floor in Central Library. Come in for a closer look and find out more about the International Year of Astronomy!