The Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand is interested in promoting astronomy to students in New Zealand’s schools and universities who have an interest and passion for this science.
The Society is holding its annual conference in 2016 in Napier, 20 to 22 May 2016. The normal registration for non-members of the Society is $210 to come to the conference, but the Society is waiving this cost for up to 10 young astronomers who are keen to come and find out more about our science.
The theme of the 2016 conference will be the outer solar system bodies. Dr Michele Bannister, a NZ astronomer and planetary scientist with an interest in small distant solar system bodies, and currently working in Vancouver, will be a keynote speaker. She will talk about Pluto, which is a very topical subject as a result of the recent New Horizons spacecraft fly-by, which revealed the first ever close-up images of Pluto’s surface.