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 The Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand aims to advance and expand the understanding of astronomy and its related fields. Its primary objective is to foster enthusiasm for astronomy and bring together a community of observers and other individuals who share a common interest in the advancement of science. Originally founded as the New Zealand Astronomical Society in 1920, it was granted a Royal Charter in 1946 and assumed its current name. In 1967, the Society was recognised as a Member Body of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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