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Space Place at Carter Observatory

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40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
04 910 3140 www.museumswellington.org.nz

Space Place is housed in Carter Observatory, New Zealand’s longest-serving national observatory. The Observatory is named after Charles Rooking Carter, an English immigrant who gifted £2,240 from his estate to the Royal Society of New Zealand. It was his wish that the money be used to establish an astronomical observatory in Wellington for the benefit of the people of New Zealand. Parliament established Carter Observatory in 1937 and it opened its doors in 1941. Carter became a base for astronomical research in New Zealand. Work began with solar investigations and when new staff joined during the 1970s, it expanded to include variable stars, galaxies and asteroids. Carter Observatory became New Zealand’s National Observatory in 1977. In 2005, a government report recommended that Carter Observatory be transformed into a world-class visitor attraction, paving the way for Space Place.

July 2019

Up Close and Personal with a Lunar Eclipse

July 17 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$18 35 tickets left
Lunar eclipse, red moon in the night sky

Join us for a light breakfast and observe the eclipse – if we can’t see it live we’ll watch footage in the planetarium. Our resident expert will be on hand to talk through what is happening and why. Space Place/ Wednesday 17 July/ 8AM - 10AM/ $18

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Apollo 11, 50th Anniversary – Panel Discussion

July 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$20 43 tickets left
Apollo 11

A wide-ranging discussion about the space race focusing on the impact and significance of the Moon Landing, as well as the opportunity to share our stories of where we were during the historic moment “the Eagle had landed!” Space Place/ Saturday 20 July/ 5PM/ $20

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Sci Fi Sundays: First Man

July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$15 59 tickets left
First Man

Based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the life of the legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) in the lead up to him becoming the first man to walk on the Moon. From its performances to its technical achievements, First Man is a masterpiece. Sunday July 28th / 6.30pm doors 7pm Movie starts / $15

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August 2019

Telescope 101

August 5 @ 6:00 pm - September 2 @ 8:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$150 20 tickets left
Telescope 101 course

Tired of tripping over your telescope? Don’t toss it, double down and really learn how to use it. This course is suitable for beginners and novices, teaching the finer details of how to use and maintain a telescope so it can finally bring you joy. Space Place/ Mondays in August: 5, 12, 19, 26 and Monday September 2/ 6PM-8PM/$150

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Astronomy on Tap – August 6

August 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$39 52 tickets left
Astronomy on Tap

The first Tuesday of every month, Space Place invites you for evening drinks and discourse about the universe with Senior Science Communicator Haritina Mogosanu. From updates on what's happening in the night sky to the newest discoveries in our solar system, Astronomy on Tap is the perfect way to spend a relaxing evening learning the secrets of the universe  with a community of space-minded aficionados.   Space Place/ 8PM/ Each Event: $39--ticket price includes refreshments and one drink upon arrival/ Cash…

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Sci Fi Sundays: The Dish

August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$15 61 tickets left
The Dish

In a remote Australian town, a team full of eccentric characters, are tasked with one of the world’s most important missions; to relay information between NASA and Apollo 11 during the mission to the moon. Based on a true story, these Aussie scientists, lead by Cliff Buxton (Sam Neil), stumble their way through a series of mishaps. With the satellite dish smack bang in the middle of a sheep farm, what could possibly go wrong? Sunday August 11th / 7pm…

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Small World – Giant Universe

August 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$15 48 tickets left

Join Science Communicator Haritina Mogosanu as she Skypes with friends from around the world to talk black holes and astrophysics, and visit a very large telescope in Chile. Experience insider conversation with the best minds in astronomy. Space Place/ Wednesday 14 August/ 6PM - 7.30PM/ $15

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Sci Fi Sundays: Hidden Figures

August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$15 61 tickets left
Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures celebrates the story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), three African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn. The visionary trio crossed all gender and racial line and inspired generations. Space Place/ Sunday August 25th / 6.30PM doors 7PM movie starts / $15

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September 2019

Astronomy on Tap – September 3

September 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$39 58 tickets left
Astronomy on Tap

The first Tuesday of every month, Space Place invites you for evening drinks and discourse about the universe with Senior Science Communicator Haritina Mogosanu. From updates on what's happening in the night sky to the newest discoveries in our solar system, Astronomy on Tap is the perfect way to spend a relaxing evening learning the secrets of the universe  with a community of space-minded aficionados.   Space Place/ 8PM/ Each Event: $39--ticket price includes refreshments and one drink upon arrival/ Cash…

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October 2019

Astronomy on Tap – October 1

October 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$39 60 tickets left
Astronomy on Tap

The first Tuesday of every month, Space Place invites you for evening drinks and discourse about the universe with Senior Science Communicator Haritina Mogosanu. From updates on what's happening in the night sky to the newest discoveries in our solar system, Astronomy on Tap is the perfect way to spend a relaxing evening learning the secrets of the universe  with a community of space-minded aficionados.   Space Place/ 8PM/ Each Event: $39--ticket price includes refreshments and one drink upon arrival/ Cash…

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November 2019

Astronomy on Tap – November 5

November 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$39 60 tickets left
Astronomy on Tap

The first Tuesday of every month, Space Place invites you for evening drinks and discourse about the universe with Senior Science Communicator Haritina Mogosanu. From updates on what's happening in the night sky to the newest discoveries in our solar system, Astronomy on Tap is the perfect way to spend a relaxing evening learning the secrets of the universe  with a community of space-minded aficionados.   Space Place/ 8PM/ Each Event: $39--ticket price includes refreshments and one drink upon arrival/ Cash…

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December 2019

Astronomy on Tap – December 3

December 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$39 60 tickets left
Astronomy on Tap

The first Tuesday of every month, Space Place invites you for evening drinks and discourse about the universe with Senior Science Communicator Haritina Mogosanu. From updates on what's happening in the night sky to the newest discoveries in our solar system, Astronomy on Tap is the perfect way to spend a relaxing evening learning the secrets of the universe  with a community of space-minded aficionados.   Space Place/ 8PM/ Each Event: $39--ticket price includes refreshments and one drink upon arrival/ Cash…

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