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Brave the frost for Matariki dawn viewing

There’s a special opportunity for warmly wrapped stargazers tomorrow morning, as Wellington Museum and the Wellington Astronomical Society invite the public to join them for a dawn viewing of Matariki.

The Māori new year was traditionally signalled with the mid-winter sighting of Matariki (the Māori name for the Pleaides star cluster) in the early morning eastern horizon.

Matariki is an abbreviation of Ngā Mata o te Ariki (“the eyes of God”).

The annual Matariki Dawn Viewing will take place from 5am to 7am Saturday 29 June at the summit of Tangi te Keo (Mount Victoria)

The Wellington Astronomical Society will have telescopes on the viewing platform to assist with this special early morning viewing of Matariki.

A fine morning is forecast, with frosts in sheltered areas.