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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.

February 2020

The Young and Prodigious T.S Spivet (2013)

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$15
The Young and Prodigious T.S Spivet

French visual virtuoso Jean-Pierre Jeunet (City of Lost Children, Amelie) directs this more recent English-language tale of a scientific wunderkind in the USA where it undeservingly fell through the commercial cracks. Time to discover this under seen gem – an extraordinary, unpredictable road movie that embellishes its rites-of-passage tale with enough dazzling visual flourishes to make ‘Hugo’ blush.   Space Place | Sunday 23rd February | 6.30 PM doors | 7PM start | $15 | Bookings recommended 

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Telescope 101

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - March 16 @ 9:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$150
Telescope 101

Got a telescope but have no idea how to use it? This introductory course will give you the tools and knowledge to get started! The course supports participants to understand and learn the theory and practicality of using a telescope. Suitable for beginners and novices; those who are thinking of buying a telescope, those who are a bit rusty and want to get back into it; those who have never learned the finer details. Night sky viewing weather and light…

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March 2020

Astronomy on Tap – March 3

March 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$42
Astronomy On Tap

Tuesday night out! There are so many puns we could put together on why you could have a drink and nibbles at Space Place...are there stars in your eyes, come join a stellar audience, what's written in the stars...OK we'll stop now. Astronomy on Tap is the perfect way to spend a night out getting amongst the stars with a date, mate, or flying solo. Enjoy a drink on arrival as part of entry and then sit back and relax…

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April 2020

Astronomy on Tap – April 7

April 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$42
Astronomy On Tap

Tuesday night out! There are so many puns we could put together on why you could have a drink and nibbles at Space Place...are there stars in your eyes, come join a stellar audience, what's written in the stars...OK we'll stop now. Astronomy on Tap is the perfect way to spend a night out getting amongst the stars with a date, mate, or flying solo. Enjoy a drink on arrival as part of entry and then sit back and relax…

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May 2020

Astronomy on Tap – May 5

May 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$42
Astronomy On Tap

Tuesday night out! There are so many puns we could put together on why you could have a drink and nibbles at Space Place...are there stars in your eyes, come join a stellar audience, what's written in the stars...OK we'll stop now. Astronomy on Tap is the perfect way to spend a night out getting amongst the stars with a date, mate, or flying solo. Enjoy a drink on arrival as part of entry and then sit back and relax…

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June 2020

Astronomy on Tap – June 2

June 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$42
Astronomy on Tap

Tuesday night out! There are so many puns we could put together on why you could have a drink and nibbles at Space Place...are there stars in your eyes, come join a stellar audience, what's written in the stars...OK we'll stop now. Astronomy on Tap is the perfect way to spend a night out getting amongst the stars with a date, mate, or flying solo. Enjoy a drink on arrival as part of entry and then sit back and relax…

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