This page reports on recent past events.
Dr Michael Person, of MIT's Planetary Astronomy Laboratory, spoke of his work,
observing the recent occultation by Pluto using the SOFIA flying observatory, and then
on what has been learned about Pluto from the New Horizons Flyby.
Chris Monigatti, WAS Secretary and science educator, spoke on his visit to the US Space and Rocket Center at Huntsville, Alabama. He accompanied 5 secondary school students attending Space Camp, and himself attended an Educators Space Academy course for American and International teachers.
After the talk, Chris showed excerpts from a video on the life on Dr Wernher von Braun, who
was responsible for Huntsville becoming "Rocket City".
With all five of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn visible in the night sky at once, WAS member took telescopes down to Frank Kitts Park for public viewing, in what proved a very successful evening.
A previous attempt to do the same on Saturday 13 August was stymied by the weather.
Two WAS Astrophotographers, relative newcomer Edward Wilcock and award-winning old hand Jim MacAloon, talked about their different approaches to the subject, with many examples on screen.
Jay Evett is a Visitor Services Host at the Wellington Museum Trust and based at Space Place at Carter Observatory and the Cable Car Museum. His talk was an overview of the history of astronomy, from the first still preserved records of astronomical observations (noting that for a long time there was no distinction between astronomy and astrology) through to the present day when astronomy is no longer a single science.