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Seeing the Opposition of Vesta in Binoculars (January 2017)

The north-east horizon as seen in South Australia at 22:10 pm ACDST (astronomical twilight, an hour and a half after sunset) showing the location of Vesta on Saturday January 21 (similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time, and hour and a half after sunset, click to embiggen). Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday January 19 to Thursday January 26

The Last Quarter Moon is Friday January 20. Venus is prominent in the evening sky in the star poor regions of Aquarius. Mars is just above Venus. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are close in the morning skies with Saturn and Mercury close to the horizon below. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday January 12 to Thursday January 19

The Full Moon is Thursday January 12. Venus is prominent in the evening sky in the star poor regions of Aquarius, and is close to Neptune on the 12th and 13th. Mars is just above Venus. There is a series of bright ISSS passes with some that come close to Venus and Mars. Show More Summary

The ISS Passes Over Venus and Mars (10-19 January)

The ISS passes almost over Venus amd Mars as seen from Adelaide on the evening of Saturday 14 January at 21:54 ACDST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen. The ISS passes near Venus and Mars as seen from Brisbane on the evening of Sunday 15 January at 20:35 AEST. Show More Summary

Comet 45P in Outburst Close to the Horizon.

Location of comet 45P. Evening sky on Saturday January 7 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 21:38 ACDST (60 minutes after sunset). Venus and (now dim) Mars form a line with (binocular only) comet 45P and Neptune. Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday January 5 to Thursday January 12

The First Quarter Moon is Friday January 6. The Full Moon is Thursday January 12. Venus is prominent in the evening sky in the star poor regions of Aquarius, and is close to Neptune on the 12th. Mars is just above Venus. Jupiter andShow More Summary

Venus and the Moon 2 January 2016

Venus and the crescent Moon in daylight, an hour before sunset. Click to embiggen to see Venus clearly Venus and the crescent Moon at 9:30 pm ACDST, Mars is at the upper right.Click to embiggen After being clouded out for the Mars Neptune conjunction, I got to see Venus near the Moon. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday December 29 to Thursday January 5

The New Moon is Thursday December 29. Venus is prominent in the evening sky in the star poor regions of Capricornius. Mars is just above Venus and extremely close to Neptune. The crescent Moon is close to Venus on the 2nd and Mars on the 3rd. Show More Summary

Comet 45P Brightens Close to the Horizon.

Location of comet 45P. Evening sky on Saturday December 24 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 21:38 ACDST (60 minutes after sunset). Venus and (now dim) Mars form a line with (binocular only) comet 45P and Neptune. Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time. Show More Summary

Southern Skywatch December, 2016 edition is now out!

Evening sky on Saturday December 24 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 21:38 ACDST (60 minutes after sunset). Venus and (now dim) Mars form a line with (binocular only) comet 45P and Neptune. Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time. Show More Summary

Astrophiz Podcast 23 is Out

Astrophiz Podcast 23 is out now. Meet Asteroid Hunters Daniel Bamberger and Guy Wells. Feature Interview: Daniel Bamberger & Guy Wells, who have set up the rapidly expanding and recognised Northolt Branch Observatory, explain how they image and verify orbits of asteroids and other NEOs. Show More Summary

Bright ISS Passes for Christmas (23-28 December, 2016)

The ISS passes near Jupiter Spica and the Moon as seen from Adelaide on the morning of Sunday 25 December at 04:55 ACDST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen. The ISS passes above bright Sirius as seen from Melbourne on the morning of Sunday 25 December at 05:25 AEDST. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday December 22 to Thursday December 29

The New Moon is Thursday December 29. Bright ISS pases for Christmas! Venus is prominent in the evening sky in the star poor regions of Capricornius. Mars is just above Venus coming close to Neptune. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are close in the morning skies and visited by the Moon on the 23rd. Show More Summary

Astrophiz Podcast 22 is Out

Astrophiz Podcast 22 is out now. The Parkes ‘Dish’ interrogates pulsars to expose gravity waves. We interview Operations Scientist John Sarkissian at the CSIRO Parkes Radio Observatory. He explains how the ‘Spider Dipoles’ that makeShow More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday December 15 to Thursday December 22

The Last Quarter Moon is Wednesday December 21, summer solstice. Mercury sinks twoard the horizon.Venus is prominent in the evening sky in the star poor regions of Capricornius. Mars is just above Venus. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are close in the morning skies.The Last Quarter Moon is Wednesday December 21. Show More Summary

Mercury, Venus and Mars (12 December 2016)

Mercury, Venus and Mars all in a line in the evening twilight of 12 December at 21:15 ACDST. Stack 0f 10x 2 second images Canon IXUS 400 ASA. Click to embiggen to see the planets more clearly. Same as before but now labelled. The stars Nunki in Sagittarius and Deneb Algedi in Capriconius are labelled too. Show More Summary

Geminid Meteor shower, 14 December 2016

The northern horizon at 4:00 am ACDST as seen from Southern Australia (northern Australia is similar but Gemini and the radiant is higher in the sky) on Wednesday December 14. The Geminid radiant is marked with a starburst. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. Show More Summary

Aurora Watch and Geomagnetic Warning (8-9 December 2016)

The Australian Space Weather Service (SWS ) has issued an Aurora Watch and a Geomagnetic Warning for 8-9 December from a high speed solar wind stream from a large coronal hole. Evening skies have the Last Quarter Moon visible all evening setting in the morning. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday December 8 to Thursday December 15

The Full Moon is Wednesday December 14. Mercury passes some bright stars and is highest in the evening sky on the 11th.Venus is prominent in the evening sky in the star poor regions of Capricornius. Mars is just above Venus. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are close in the morning skies. Show More Summary

Jack is gone (NSFW)

2 months agoAcademics / Astronomy : Astroblog

Jack is gone. My beautiful boy will no longer slope off the Melbourne-Adelaide bus, gangly, rumpled, sleepy, and so very, very Melbourne. We will no longer drive home through the dawn, talking music, philosophy or just sitting together silently. Show More Summary

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