Join the Wellington Astronomical Society and Wellington City Libraries on Saturday 21st March as we explore the sights, stories and secrets of our sun. Using telescopes and special equipment we will observe the sun in safety, with sunspots, flares and other features on show from 10am–4pm in Civic Square (on the City to Sea Bridge). There will also be activities celebrating the sun and its place in cultures all around the world as we mark Race Relations Day, and further displays will also be held inside Central Library, including live links to viewings of the sun.
Come along and explore, wonder and discover as we celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009!
If you are passing the Central Library, take a look at the telescope on display in the foyer. It’s massive, and was built in 1930 in Auckland by Robert Bruce. It’s the oldest refractor telescope made in NZ! I took some photos but, eh, they’re not too good – you can’t see how big it is.
See our other post about IYA2009, the International Year of Astronomy, here.