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Blog Post Archive

Astrophiz Podcast 34 is Out

Astrophiz Podcast 34 is out now. Our feature interview is with Dr. Anthony Horton – Instrument Scientist at the AAO who tells us all about life as an Instrument Scientist for AAO and the Huntsman Telescope and the Space-Eye CubeSat telescope project.I give you the skinny on the great current conditions for observing our Gas Giants. Show More Summary

Geomagnetic warning (26-27 May)

The SWS has issued a geomagnetic warning for 26-27 May (UT) due to glancing blow from a coronal mass ejection. This is expected to arrive late in the UT day on the 26th (which is the morning of the 27th Australian time). However, the...Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday May 25 to Thursday June 1

The New Moon is Friday May 26, the First Quarter Moon is Thursday June 1. Mars is low in the twilight. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are nearby in the evening skies. Saturn is in the evening sky in the heart of the Milky Way. Venus climbs higher in the morning sky, with Mercury below it. Show More Summary

Seeing Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) from Australia (21-31 May)

Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) as seen from Adelaide at 23:24 ACST, when it is at its highest above the horizon. Similar views will be seen from elsewhere in Australia at the same equivalent local time. (click to embiggen)Comet C/2015 V2 is a comet predicted to get at least binocular bright in the next few week. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday May 18 to Thursday May 25

The Last Quarter Moon is Friday May 19. Mars is low in the twilight. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are nearby in the evening skies. Saturn is in the evening sky in the heart of the Milky Way. Venus climbs higher in the morning sky, with Mercury below it. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday May 11 to Thursday May 18

The Full Moon is Thursday May 11. Mars is low in the twilight. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are nearby in the evening skies. Saturn is low in the evening sky and is visited by the Moon on the 13th. Venus climbs higher in the morning sky, with Mercury below it.The Full Moon is Thursday May 11. Show More Summary

James Stone's Amazing Shot of the ISS and Orion's Belt

Remember the ISS shooting through Orion's Belt last weekend? I was clouded out, but James Stone wasn't and send me this amazing image of the ISS passing close to the Orion Nebula (click to embiggen, you won't regret it).Now remeber, the image is copyright to James Stone, so play nice and ask him if you want to use it. Show More Summary

Astrophiz Podcast 33 is Out

Astrophiz Podcast 33 is out now. Our feature interview is with Dr Elodie Thilliez. Elodie is a Data Scientist at the Deakin University Software and Technology Innovation Laboratory in Melbourne Australia. She completed her PhD at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University. Show More Summary

Southern Skywatch May, 2017 edition is now out!

Morning sky as seen on May 23 and hour before sunrise. The crescent Moon is close to crescent Venus. with Uranus and Mercury below. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. (click to embiggen).The...Show More Summary

A Very Nice Occultation of Regulus (4 May 2017)

Regulus shortly before occultation. 7:09 pm ACST. Stack of 10 x 1/60 second images, 400 ASA, Canon IXUS. Stacked in Registax. Click to embiggen. Regulus disappearing at 7:24 pm ACST. Animation of 5 x 1/80 second images, 400 ASA, Canon IXUS. Show More Summary

Geomagnetic warning and Aurora Watch (3-5 May)

The SWS has issued a geomagnetic warning and an aurora watch for 3-5 May due to a glancing blow from a coronal mass ejection. This is expected to arrive late in the UT day on the 3rd (which is the morning of the 4th Australian time)....Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday May 4 to Thursday May 11

The Full Moon is Thursday May 11. The Moon occults the bright star Regulus on the 4th. Mars is low in the twilight below Aldebaran. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are nearby in the evening skies. Saturn is low in the evening sky. Venus climbs higher in the morning sky, with Mercury below it. Show More Summary

eta Aquariid Meteor Shower 7-9 May, 2017

Morning sky on Saturday May 7 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 4:00 am ACST. The radiant of the eta Aquariid meteor shower is shown. This year the radiant is neatly bracketed by the bright stars Altair and Fomalhaut and the planet Venus. Show More Summary

The Moon Occults Regulus (4 May 2017)

The northern horizon as seen from Adelaide at 18:17 ACDST Thursday 4 May, the bright star Regulus is close to the Moon an hour before it is occulted. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time, see the table below. Show More Summary

A good Week for ISS passes, including seeing the ISS shoot through Orions Belt (27 April - 2 May)

The ISS passes almost over ? Orion, as seen from Melbourne on the evening of Sunday 30 April at 19:28 AEST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen. The ISS passes almost over Alnitak, as seen from Adelaide on the evening of Saturday 29 April at 18:56 ACST. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday April 27 to Thursday May 4

The First Quarter Moon is Wednesday May 3. The Moon occults the bright star Regulus on the 4th. Mars is low in the twilight and is visited by the crescent Moon on the 28th. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are close in the late evening skies. Show More Summary

Geomagnetic warning and Aurora Watch (23-24 April)

The SWS has issued a geomagnetic warning and an aurora watch for 23-24 April due to a high speed stream from a recurrent coronal hole and the arrival of a coronal mass ejection (this caused strong aroral conditions yesterday, which was clouded out for mots of Australia). Show More Summary

Aurora happening NOW (20 April)

Aurora are being reported now in Tasmania from Taranna and Doges Ferry. Cloud is still an issue though. Hobart Kindex is currently 4 with Velocity: 591 km/sec Bz: 0.0 nT Density = 12.0 p/cc a bit ordinary, but further G1 storms are predicted...Show More Summary

Asteroid 2014 JO25 recedes from view (20 April, 2017)

Asteroid 2014 JO25 ziping along with the scope tracking on the asteroid (the asteroid is the dot near the edge). 20 x 60 second luminance exposures with iTelescope T11 stacked and aligned in ImageJ. Imaging starts at 9:05 UT (3:05 am local time 20th) Click to embiggen. Show More Summary

Capturing asteroid 2014 JO25 (19 April 2017)

Asteroid 2014 JO25 zips past the magnitude 13.1 galaxy NGC 6248 while bracketed by satellite trails (the asteroid is the dotted line through the centre). 10 x 120 second luminance exposures with iTelescope T14 stacked and aligned in ImageJ. Show More Summary

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