The Gisborne Astronomical Club was formed in the 1960’s and has been in continuous existence ever since. Society members meet regularly and a junior society has since been established.
There are monthly G.A.S meetings for both groups. The society also runs a 6-week Introduction to Astronomy public lecture course which covers many aspects of astronomy and is delivered by great presenters
In the late 1960’s members of the newly formed Gisborne Astronomical Society asked the Gisborne City Council for a possible observatory site. The observation post was extended and modified and a 5-metre dome placed atop the building. The Gisborne Astronomical Society’s observatory was officially opened on Saturday, October 9, 1971, by the Mayor, Mr H. H. Barker. Guest speaker was Mr Peter Read (television’s Night Sky man) who emphasised the observatory as a great new asset for Gisborne
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