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Southern Skywatch September, 2015 edition is now out!

The Moon looking north-west at 7:00 pm ACST in Adelaide on 15 September. Mercury Spica and the Moon form a triangle in the sky. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time.The September edition of Southern Skywatch is now up. Show More Summary

A Series of Bright ISS passes Wednesday 2 September - Monday 8 September 2015

The ISS passes between Arcturus and Vega, as seen from Adelaide on the evening of Wednesday September 2 at 19:22 ACST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen. The ISS passes near Spica and Mercury, as seen from Adelaide on the evening of Thursday September 4 at 19:14 ACST. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday September 3 to Thursday September 10

The Last Quarter Moon is Saturday September 5. Mercury is at its highest in the evening twilight. Saturn is near the head of the Scorpion. Mars is visible low in the morning twilight. Venus climbs higher in the morning twilight and is visited by the crescent Moon on the 10th. Show More Summary

The Return of The Bride of the Son of the Zombie Mars Hoax that will not Die

Early morning sky on Saturday August 29 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 6:30 ACST showing Mars and Venus just above the horizon. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. (click to embiggen). Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday August 27 to Thursday September 3

The Full Moon is Sunday August 30. Jupiter is lost in the twilight. Mercury rises higher in the evening twilight. Saturn is near the head of the Scorpion. Mars is visible low in the morning twilight. Venus climbs higher in the morning twilight. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday August 20 to Thursday August 27

The Last Quarter Moon is Sunday August 23. Jupiter is lost in the twilight. Mercury rises higher in the evening twilight. Saturn is near the head of the Scorpion and is visited by the waxing Moon on the 22nd. Mars is visible low in the morning twilight and is near the Beehive cluster on the 20th and 21st. Show More Summary

Aurora Watch Tonight (Sunday 16 August 2015)

UPDATE: 7:00 pmConfirmed aurora from Batemans bay and Bicheno Tas just now. Not clear if unaided eye or camera only. Seems to be sporadic, flaring up and dying down. The Australian IPS has just issued an aurora alert for high latitudes...Show More Summary

Aurora visible NOW (15 August)

Aurora are Happening NOW. Unaided eye Aurora and beams have been reported in Tasmania, from a wide variety of locations, Inverlock Victoria and some faint camera only colour in South Australia.UPDATE 10:33: Still ongoing in Tassie, camera...Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday August 13 to Thursday August 20

The New Moon is Saturday August 14. Venus is lost in the twilight. This is the last week to see Jupiter before it disappears below the horizon. Mercury is close to the Moon on the 16th. Saturn is near the head of the Scorpion. Perseid meteor shower 13th-14th.The New Moon is Saturday August 14. Show More Summary

Venus, Mercury and Jupiter 8 August 2015

Venus (left) Jupiter (bottom right) and Mercury (top right). You will have to click on the image and embiggen it to see them properly. Canon IXUS 400 ASA 0.4 Seconds exposure at around 6:15 pm Close up of Venus (left) Jupiter (bottom right) and Mercury (top right). Show More Summary

Australian Perseid Meteor Shower - Morning August 13-14, 2015

Perseid radiant as seen from Darwin at 5:00 am local time, August the 13th, looking north. Perseid radiant as seen from Brisbane at 5:00 am local time, August the 13th, looking north. Note how much lower the radiant is. The Perseid Meteor...Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday August 6 to Thursday August 13

The Last Quarter Moon is Friday August 7. Venus is brilliant low in the twilight evening sky with bright Jupiter nearby. This is the last week to see Venus before it disappears below the horizon. Comet C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS is visible in telescopes. Show More Summary

Charon Surface Texture for Celestia

Charon simulated in Celestia with the Charon Global Map used to generate the Charon texture. Click to embiggenThe Charon Global Map has just been released to complement the Pluto Global Map, so I resized it (1024x512) and converted it...Show More Summary

Southern Skywatch August 2015 edition is now out!

North-western evening sky at 6:15 pm as seen from Adelaide on August 7, Mercury and Jupiter are less than a half a finger-width apart. The August edition of Southern Skywatch is now up.This month starts with some excellent planetaryShow More Summary

Aurora Watch (31 July-1 August) and Blue Moon

An Aurora watch and a geomagnetic alert has been issued by the Australian IPS for 31 July to 1 August due to a coronal hole solar wind stream. This could translate into aurora at any time during the night time of the 17th to early morning 18th. Show More Summary

Comet C/2014 Q1 from Australia (30 July - 6 August 2015)

The evening sky at 700 pm ACST looking west as seen from Adelaide from 30 July to 6 August. The circles show successive positions of Comet C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS every two days. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at equivalent local times. Show More Summary

Pluto Surface Texture for Celestia

Pluto simulated in Celestia with the Pluto Global Map used to generate the Pluto texture. Click to embiggenThe Pluto Global Map has just been released, so I resized it (1024x512) and conveyed it to a 71 DPI png to use as a texture for...Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday July 30 to Thursday August 6

The Full Moon is Friday July 31. This is a Blue Moon. Venus is brilliant low in the twilight evening sky with bright Jupiter below it. Comet C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS is visible in binoculars above Venus. Mercury Joins Venus and Jupiter late in the week. Show More Summary

The ISS and Venus and Jupiter (July 27-29, 2015)

The ISS passes between Venus and Jupiter, as seen from Melbourne on the evening of Wednesday July 29 at 18:17 AEST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen. The ISS passes above Venus and Jupiter, as seen from Adelaide on the evening of Tuesday July 28 at 18:39 ACST. Show More Summary

Celestia Files for Kepler 452b (the "so called" Earth 2.0)

Kepler-452b and Kepler-452 simulated in Celestia (click to embiggen).Friday's announcement from the Kepler mission of the discovery of Kepler 452b had the media galvanised, with some calling it "Earth 2.0".Kepler 452b is earth-like, and in a habitable zone, but that doesn't meant that it is Earth's twin. Show More Summary

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