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New Zealanders look UP

20 Oct 2009, 20:21 UTC
New Zealanders look UP
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Up to the skies, where there are stars and things.
Waaaay back in April 2009 was the 100 Hours of Astronomy Cornerstone project, a worldwide astro-marathon much like Galilean Nights. 100 Hours resulted in many things (such as nervous breakdowns for the organisers) but it also spawned New Zealand’s South Canterbury Astronomers Group. Hooray for them!
Robert McTague, from aforementioned group, says “During the Galilean Nights event later this week we hope to add to our membership, as well as have lots of fun, and get more people looking up.” Robert did not specify whether those objectives are in order of importance.
You want more details? Luckily Robert is on the ball – the astro-info ball. “We are running two star parties with several telescopes set up to view Jupiter and the moon. Our first star party will be in Geraldine, a small country village with a population of 2000 people; back in April we had over 100 people look through the telescopes at Geraldine.” What were the other people doing, Robert? Oh, he has more to say:
“Our second event will be on the 24th in Timaru. Timaru is the main centre for the province of South Canterbury, population ...

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