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There is a minor geomagnetic storm on NOW (yes, it's still daytime) from a glancing blow from a coronla mass ejection. If the activity lasts until nightfall, then Tasmania and Southern New Zealand may see aurora. However, the light of...Show More Summary
Venus and Jupiter as seen from Adelaide on 17 May, 2013. Imaged with a Canon IXUS, 1/4 sec exposure, ASA 400 3x Zoom at 5:55 pm ACST. Jupiter is the dot at the top right, Venus is bottom left, indicated by the yellow lines. You will need to click on the image to embiggen to see Venus clearly.Venus has finally returned to the evening skies. Show More Summary
The First Quarter Moon is Saturday May 18. Mercury returns to the evening sky. Venus is visible low on the evening horizon. Jupiter is low in the early evening sky and is comes closer to Venus. Occultation of Spica May 22. Saturn is high in the evening skies. Show More Summary
This Sunday Evening the thin crescent Moon and Jupiter will be close together above the western horizon, making a fine sight in the late twilight for Mothers day.Start looking half an hour after sunset, if you have a flat, clear horizon you may see Venus just above it.
The Sun finally rises above the cloud at 7:42 am (binocular projection) Click on this or any image to embiggen for greater viewing pleasure Near maximum eclipse, 8:15 am. Taken through my 4" Newtonian with a 30 mm Plossl eyepiece and a Canon IXUS 400 ASA 1/500 sec exposure (infinity to infinity focussing). Show More Summary
7:00 am, Kids lunches packed, setting up scope and binocs, cloud squats on the horizon7:15 am, cloud covers the sun7:30 am, cloud still over the sun, but thin enough I can see the chip out of its side through the sun filt specs
Comet C/2011 L4 PanSTARRS taken with iTelescope T14 on 8 May. This is a stack of 8 x 120 sec exposures stacked in ImageJ and then a median Z-project taken.Not bad for a first pass, I've got a few more images to stack and play around with.Now off to be so I can be ready for the eclipse tomorrow.
Annular Eclipse as seen from Tennant Creek at maximum eclipse, 8:48 am ACST on May 10.Just a reminder that an annular Solar eclipse will take place early this Friday morning, May 10.The annular eclipse starts in remote Western Australia,...Show More Summary
EldestOne and I are bonding over heavy metal tonight, so no meteor reports
The single eta Aquariid I managed to photograph, out of all the meteors I saw this morning.I got up at 3:30 this morning to watch the eta Aquariid meteros, I had prepared the night before, but I still managed to stumble and fluff around.When...Show More Summary
The eta Aquariids are in an outburst, comparehttp://www.imo.net/live/eta-aquariids2013/withhttp://www.imo.net/live/eta-aquariids2012/and herehttp://www.imo.net/live/eta-aquariids2011/If the outburst lasts we could have very good rates in the morning of the 7th. Viewing info here.
The New Moon is Friday May 10 and there is an annular solar eclipse on this day. Venus appears on the evening horizon and is near the crescent Moon on May 11. Jupiter is low in the early evening sky and is visited by the crescent Moon on May 12. Show More Summary
Morning sky on Tuesday May 7 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 5:00 am local time in South Australia showing the eta Aquariid meteor shower radiant, the crescent Moon, Uranus and comet Lemmon. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (click to embiggen)The eta Aquariids may be in outburst this year. Show More Summary
An unexpected speed-up in the solar wind produced aurora on Wednesday May 1. Here are some images from that event (note all images are copyright their takers, please play nice).James Garlick took this at 2:00 am in Tasmaniahttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151623146219238&set=o.215002295201328&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nfJanelle...Show More Summary
Morning sky on Wednesday May 8 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 5:00 am local time in South Australia showing the eta Aquariid meteor shower radiant, the crescent Moon, Uranus and comet Lemmon. Similar views will be seen elsewhere...Show More Summary
The Australian IPS has just issued an aurora alert for high latitudes. Confirmed aurora have been reported in Tasmania (see this image just sent through), but the rising Moon may interfere with observing aurora.Look to the south for unusual coloured glows. Best bets to see something are dark sky sites.
Partial Eclipse as seen from Cairns at maximum eclipse, 8:48 am AEST on May 10.Southern Skywatch is 15! Well, 15 and a bit. The first edition was produced on 1 April 1998. It seems like only yesterday that I started.The original inspiration...Show More Summary
The Last Quarter Moon is Thursday May 2. Full Moon is Friday May 10 and there is an annular solar eclipse on this day. Jupiter is low in the early evening sky. Saturn is high in the evening skies. Mercury is lost to sight. Eta Aquariid meteor shower mornings April 7-9. Show More Summary