Winter Solstice & Matariki

Tauranga Astronomical Society

With Matariki and the winter solstice occurring now, it is the perfect time to learn about its significance in science and other cultures.

The Tauranga Astronomical Society is holding a free presentation next Friday, June 23rd, at 7.30pm.  With the Winter Solstice occurring on Wednesday, June 21, this is excellent timing.

The presentation will take place in the Fergusson Park Hall to discuss the winter solstices that gave rise to cultural and seasonal timings in many early civilisations.

Visitors will learn about the annual event and its maenings in cultures around the world, such as Matariki, Egypt, Sonehenge and Chichen Itza.

In order to demonstrate why the solstice occurs and how it is viewed, the society will be using a computer to generate images of the exact solar effect as you would experience.

Weather permitting, the telescopes will be available for viewing from the start of the meeting.

Jupiter and Saturn are now in the evening sky and are always favorite objects for viewing.

When:  Friday June 23rd

Time:  7.30 pm

Where: Ferguson Park Hall

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Cost:  This is a FREE event.

Our regular meetings are held in the Observatory meeting room, Fergusson Park, Tauranga. These are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm. Presentations are given on current astronomical topics and telescope viewing is available weather permitting. All those interested in astronomy in the Bay of Plenty district are invited to attend.

12 Month membership is $30.00 for individuals, $40.00 for families, or $10.00 for students. Children are free.