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

The First Quarter Moon is Thursday, September 28. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are nearby in the late twilight sky. The thin crescent Moon is close to Jupiter on the 22nd. Earth is at spring equinox on the 23rd. Saturn is visible all evening in the heart of the Milky Way and is close to the Moon on the 26th and 27th. Show More Summary

Morning line-up of Venus and the Crescent Moon (18 September)

Morning sky on Monday September 18 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 5:30 ACST (45 minutes before sunrise). Venus is bright just above the horizon and is close to the Moon and the bright star Regulus. Similar views will be seen throughout...Show More Summary

Aurora and Geomagnetic storm Happening NOW - G1 - Minor (15 September)

The SWS has issued a geomagnetic disturbance alert as the Kp has reached 5 and a minor solar storm is in progress. Camera only aurora are reported in the Huon in Tasmanian. There is also an updated Geomagnetic warning for 15-16 September (UT) due to persistence of a high speed solar wind stream from a coronal hole. Show More Summary

Follow Cassini's last moments (15 September)

Final track of the Cassini spacecraft before it impacts Saturns atmosphere (Source ESA)As I write, the Cassini spacecraft, which for 13 years has been sending back astounding images of Saturn, it's rings and Moons, is 1 hours and 22 minutes from its final fiery plunge into Saturn's atmosphere. Show More Summary

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

The New Moon is Wednesday, September 20. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are nearby in the early evening sky. Saturn is visible all evening in the heart of the Milky Way. Venus is now low in the morning sky coming close to the bright star Regulus. Show More Summary

Daytime Occultation of Venus by the Moon (18 September, 2017)

The Moon at 09:48 am ACST in Adelaide on Monday 18 September just before the Moon covers Venus. The inset shows the Moon an Venus at this time. (click to embiggen). WARNING! This daytime occultation occurs close to the Sun and should be attempted by experienced observers only. Show More Summary

Aurora visible NOW! (10:16 PM ACST)

Aurora and beams visible to the unaided eye have been reported in Tasmania (Tunbridge, Barrington, Sandpiper beach and more), despite cloud and strong Moonlight.After the massive solar storm that entranced northern hemisphere viewers, the storm faded. Show More Summary

Astrophiz Podcast 42 (Smashing Spaceship edition) is Out!

Astrophiz Podcast 42 is out now.In this episode we are speaking with Glen Nagle from the CSIRO/NASA Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) at Tidbinbilla near Canberra in Australia.Glen takes us through the genesis of NASA missions and the astonishing achievements of the Cassini mission since the launch in 1997. Show More Summary

Updated Geomagnetic warning and Aurora Watch, Major storms forecast (7-9 September)

Animated gif showing SOHO LASCO C2 and C3 difference footage of the X9.3 coronal mass ejection as it is ejected into spaceLate last night the sun blasted out an X 9.3 solar flare, the largest flare in a decade which sent a coronal mass ejection hurtling towards us. Show More Summary

Geomagnetic warning and Aurora Watch (possible major storm; 6-8 September)

The sun has been firing off a series of flares from a large sunspot group some of which are geoeffective. The SWS has issued a geomagnetic warning and aurora watch for 6-8 September (UT) due to expected impact of a coronal mass ejection. Show More Summary

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

The Last Quarter Moon is Wednesday, September 13. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are nearby in the early evening sky and are closest on the 11th. Saturn is visible all evening in the heart of the Milky Way. Venus is now low in the...Show More Summary

A post Father's Day reflection

This was our first fathers day without Jack. The most recent in a perverse reverse count down, first Mother's Day without Jack, first Birthday, First New Year, First Christmas. Stepping stones to the distant time when when our breaths...Show More Summary

Seeing Asteroid 3122 Florence tonight (3 September 2017)

Location of 3122 Florence tonight as seen from Adelaide at 22:00 when it is highest in the sky. The asteroid is just below the constellation of Delphinus. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia (and most of the southern hemisphere) at an equivalent local time. Show More Summary

Southern Skywatch September 2017 edition is now out!

Morning sky as seen on September 18 an hour before sunrise. The crescent Moon is close to Venus. Later in the morning there is a daytime occultation of Venus. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday August 31 to Thursday September 7

The Full Moon is Wednesday, September 6. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are nearby in the early evening sky and getting closer. Saturn is visible all evening in the heart of the Milky Way. Venus is now low in the morning sky forming a line with the bright stars Sirius and Procyon.The Full Moon is Wednesday, September 6. Show More Summary

Seeing NEO 3122 Florence from Australia

NEO 3122 Florence as seen from Adelaide on 1 September at 23:24 when the asteroid is highest in the sky (similar views will be seen from other Australian locations at an equivalent local time. click to embiggen).NEO 3122 Florence makes an historic approach to Earth in early September. Show More Summary

The ISS Buzzes the Moon (26 August, 2017)

Animation of the ISS passing by the Moon of the evening of the 26th August (10 x 4 second exposures ASA 400, Canon IXUS) Overlay of images (same exposure details as the animation, click to embiggen to see the ISS track better) Saturday...Show More Summary

Astrophiz Podcast 41 (scintillating edition) is Out!

Astrophiz Podcast 41 is out now.In this episode we are speaking with Dr Hayley Bignall. Hayley is an astrophysicist for Australia’s CSIRO in their Astronomy & Space Science Division. After her studies, she spent 5 yrs working at the Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe and is now based in Perth, Australia. Show More Summary

See the ISS Shoot the Moon (26-27 August) and more bright passes (26 August-2September, 2017)

The ISS passes across the Moon, as seen from Brisbane on the evening of Saturday 26 August at 18:30 AEST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen. The ISS passes close to the Moon, as seen from Adelaide on the evening of Saturday 26 August at 19:35 ACST. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday August 24 to Thursday August 31

The First Quarter Moon is Tuesday, August 29. Mercury is lost in the twilight. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are nearby in the early evening sky. The crescent Moon visits Jupiter on the 25th and 26th. Saturn is visible all evening in the heart of the Milky Way and is visited by the Moon on the 30th. Show More Summary

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