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Archived Since:March 16, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The Crescent Moon Meets Venus and Mercury this Weekend (6-7 February, 2016)

Early morning sky on Saturday February 6 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 5:30 ACDST showing Mars, Saturn with the red star Antares close by, Venus and Mercury with the crescent Moon nearby. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. Show More Summary

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

The New Moon is Tuesday February 9. Jupiter is visible in the late evening sky. All five bright planets; Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Saturn and Mercury form a long line in the morning sky. The Moon is close to Saturn on the 4th, Venus on the 6th and Mercury on the 7th. Show More Summary

Southern Skywatch February, 2016 edition is now out!

The line-up of Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury as seen from Adelaide on the morning of 6 February at 5:30 am. (click to embiggen) The February edition of Southern Skywatch is up. This month features still more nice planetary action. Show More Summary

On the Radio Yet Again, on Nightlife

Last night (Wednesday 27 January), I was on ABC Nightlife talking with Rod Quinn about the safety of plastics and bisphenol A in the light of the latest Australian Total Diet Study.For those of you who missed my radio performance last...Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday January 28 to Thursday February 4

The Last Quarter Moon is Monday February 1. Jupiter is visible in the late evening sky. The Moon is close to Jupiter on the 28th. All five bright planets; Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Saturn and Mercury form a long line in the morning sky. The Moon is close to Mars on the 2nd and Saturn on the 4th. Show More Summary

A Little Light Housekeeping

If you look to the left-hand side of the blog you will see a column with various links and apps in it. Scroll down and you will come to a section labelled Posts By Theme.I have rearranged this so that 2016 astronomical events is at the top, followed by links to the categories Weekly Sky and Southern Skywatch (so event information is easy to find). Show More Summary

Coming Events: A Year of Southern Astronomy for 2016

The planets on 27 August 2016 at 7 pm, Venus and Jupiter are spectacularly close, with Mars nearby. Mars and Saturn form a triangle with the red star Antares. Click to embiggen.Significant astronomical events that can be seen with the...Show More Summary

Southern Skywatch January, 2016 edition is now out!

The line-up of Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury as seen from Adelaide on the morning of 28 January at 5:00 am. (click to embiggen) The January edition of Southern Skywatch is finally up (sorry, holidays got the better of me)....Show More Summary

All Five Bright Classical Planets Lined Up in the Morning Sky (23 Jabuaary - 22 February 2016)

The sky looking north-east on the morning of January 30th, an hour before sunrise. Click to embiggen. The sky looking north-east in January 2015, the last time all the bright planets were together in the morning sky. On the 18-22nd of...Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday January 21 to Thursday January 28

The Full Moon is Sunday January 24. Jupiter is visible in the late evening sky. The Moon is close to Jupiter on the 27th. All five bright planets; Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Saturn and Mercury form a long line in the morning sky. Saturn is close to the red star Aldebaran. Show More Summary

The Bavid Bowie Constellation in Stellarium

The David Bowie constellation, as illustrated in the memorial webpages What the constellation will actually look like this morning at around 3 am AEDST looking east. Simulated in Stellarium, click to embiggen What the constellation will look on 1 April in the morning at around 3 am AEDST looking south. Show More Summary

The International Space Station Zips between Orion and Taurus (17 January 2016)

The ISS passes between Orion and Taurus, then enters Earth's shadow. 8 x 5 sec exposures at 400 ASA taken with my Canon IXUS and aligned and stacked in ImageJ. Click to embiggen. Animation of the same 8 frames. Tonight was a anotherShow More Summary

The International Space Station Passes Below Canopus (15 January 2015)

The ISS passes below the bright star Canopus and above the False Cross. 6 x 5 sec exposures at 400 ASA taken with my Canon IXUS and aligned and stacked in ImageJ. Click to embiggen. Animation of the same 6 frames. Tonight was a brilliant...Show More Summary

Catch Some Bright International Space Station Pass Starting Tonight (15 January 2016)

The ISS passes near between Taurus and Orion, as seen from Adelaide on the evening of Sunday 17 January at 21:50 ACDST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen. The ISS passes or the bright star Sirius, as seen from Sydney on the evening of Saturday 16 January at 21:38 AEDST. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday January 14 to Thursday January 21

The First Quarter Moon is Sunday January 17. Jupiter is visible in the late evening sky. Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Saturn form a long line in the morning sky. Venus and Saturn form a triangle with the red star Aldebaran. The First Quarter Moon is Sunday January 17. Show More Summary

Geomagnetic alert (6-7 January)

The Australian Space Weather Service (SWS ) has now issued a Geomagnetic Alert for possible geomagnetic storms on 6-7 January UT from a coronal hole. A G1 storm has been predicted, although it may occur in the late afternoon during daylight. Show More Summary

Seeing Comet C/2013 X1 and its Outburst in Australia

Location of comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) as seen looking north-west from Adelaide at astronomical twilight, and hour and a half after sunset. The comet is just below Chi and Gamma Peg (indicated). Click to embiggen. Location of cometShow More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday January 7 to Thursday January 14

The New Moon is Sunday January 10. Jupiter is visible in the late evening sky. Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Saturn form a long line in the morning sky and are joined by the waning to crescent Moon. On the 7th Venus, Saturn and the crescent Moon form a triangle. Show More Summary

Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina 20 December and 31 December 2015

Comet C/2103 US10 imaged with iTelescope T20 on 20 December 2015. MEDIAN stack of 5x180 second luminance images, stacked in ImageJ. Click to embiggen to see the galaxies in the bottom right clearly. Comet C/2103 US10 imaged with iTelescope T20 on 31 December 2015. Show More Summary

Morning Planet and Moon Dance 4 January - 9 January, 2016

Early morning sky on Monday January 4 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 5:00 ACDST showing Mars, the crescent Moon, Venus and Saturn with the red star Antares close by. Venus and Saturn form a triangle with the red star Antares.Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. Show More Summary

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