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Archived Since:March 16, 2008

Blog Post Archive

2004 BL86's flyby seen from iTelescopes (25 and 28 January 2015)

Near Earth Asteroid 2004 BL86 imaged on 25 January using iTelescope T9 at Siding Siring Observatory. 10x60 second Luminance images stacked using ImageJ and SUMMED. The asteroid is the obvious blob, all the stars are smeared as the scope tracks on the asteroid (the little dots are hot pixels). Show More Summary

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

The Full Moon is Wednesday February 4. Venus is prominent in the twilight evening sky. Mars is just visible in the early evening twilight and is coming closer to Venus. Jupiter is visible in the late evening sky and is visited by the Moon on February 4. Show More Summary

Success! 2004 BL86's flyby seen (26 January 2015)

My sketch of the flyby of Near Earth Asteroid 2004 from 11:40 ACDST to 11:58 ACDST. 114mm Newtonian with 25 mm Plossel eyepiece Predicted chart of the flyby in SkyMap After a busy Australia day of waking up late, walking down the beach...Show More Summary

UPDATE: Seeing the Close Flyby of NEO 2004 BL86 10 pm 26 January, 2015

The position of asteroid 2004 BL68 as seen at 22:00 ACDST on the evening of 26 January 2015 from Adelaide. Similar views will be seen at 22:30 AEDST and 21:30 AEST. Click to embiggen Approximate binocular view of asteroid 2004 BL68 as seen at 22:00 and 23:00 ACDST on the evening of 26 January 2015 from Adelaide. Show More Summary

I'm on the Radio this Sunday January 25, 2015

The position of asteroid 2004 BL68 as seen at astronomical twilight on the morning of 27 January 2015 (4:50 am ACDST, one and a half hours after sunset) from Adelaide. Click to embiggen On the morning of Sunday 25 January I'll be on ABC local radio (Adelaide 891 AM) with Ashley Walsh, going live around 11:40 am ACDST (11:10 AEDST, 10:10 AEST). Show More Summary

Seeing the Close Flyby of NEO 2004 BL86 26 - 27 January, 2015

The position of asteroid 2004 BL68 as seen at astronomical twilight on the morning of 27 January 2015 (4:50 am ACDST, one and a half hours after sunset) from Adelaide. Click to embiggen The position of asteroid 2004 BL68 as seen at astronomical...Show More Summary

Venus and the Crescent Moon - 22 January 2015

Venus and the crescent Moon imaged at around 21:15 ACDST form Largs North, using my Canon IXUS ASA 400, 1 sec exposure. click to embiggen. The paired imaged on 3X Zoom, then the image cropped to emphasise the pair. Click to embiggen....Show More Summary

AGAIN! Aurora happening NOW! 22 January 10 pm

It's on AGAIN! (but this time before midnight). Aurora are being seen with the unaided eye in Tasmania NOW! Naked eye beams are being reported in Margate, Ralphs Bay, Howden and Stanford. Unaided eye glows are being reported in Port Fairy and Barnsdale Victoria!. Show More Summary

Aurora happening NOW! 22 January 2015 1:00 am

The solar wind flowing from a coronal hole has produced an unexpected aurora. Aurora are being seen with the unaided eye in Tasmania NOW! Naked eye beams are being reported in Howden, Tinderbox, Evandale and Hobart. The auroral intensity may fade in and out, so be prepared for lulls in the activity. Show More Summary

Mercury, Venus and the Crescent Moon, Thursday January 22, 2015

Evening sky on Thursday January 22 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 21:00 (9:00 pm) ACDST in South Australia. Mars is low in the twilight, with Venus and the Moon close together below. Mercury is deep in the twilight. Similar views...Show More Summary

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

The First Quarter Moon is Tuesday January 27. Venus is prominent in the twilight evening sky while Mercury falls back to the horizon. The pair are visited by the Moon on Jan 22. Mars is just visible in the early evening and is visited by the Moon on Jan 23. Show More Summary

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy's Tail meets the Pleiades (19 January 2015)

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy on the 19th of January as seen from Adelaide at Astronomical twilight (an hour and a half after sunset). It is not far from the Pleiades, and people with serious astrophotography kit may capture the tail as it...Show More Summary

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy Observations (15 January 2015)

Comet Lovejoy imaged with my Canon IXUS. A stack of 10x15 second images at ISO 800. The comet is indicated by the yellow lines (click to embiggen) Comet Lovejoy imaged with my Canon IXUS. A stack of 10x15 second images at ISO 800 and 3x zoom. Show More Summary

A Series of Bright International Space Station Passes this Week

All sky chart showing local times from Heavens Above for Wednesday January 15 for Adelaide. All sky chart showing local times from Heavens Above for Tuesday January 20 for Adelaide. The ISS passes near the Southern Cross, as seen from Adelaide on the evening of Wednesday January 15 at 22:44 ACDST. Show More Summary

Aurora watch issued January 15-16

The Australian IPS has issued a Aurora watch alert for the next 48 hours due to a coronal mass ejection.As always look to the south for shifting red/green glows, in yesterdays event curtains and beams were reported. As usual, dark sky...Show More Summary

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

The New Moon is Tuesday January 20. Venus is prominent in the twilight evening sky while Mercury falls back to the horizon. Mars is just visible in the early evening. Jupiter is now higher in the evening sky. Comet C/2102 Q2 Lovejoy is easily visible in binoculars in the early evening is and visible to the unaided eye. Show More Summary

Seeing Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, 13-20 January 2015

Printable black and white horizon chart facing north an hour and a half after sunset showing the location of comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy as seen from Adelaide. Similar views will be seen from Southern Hemisphere locations at the equivalent local time. Show More Summary

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy from the SSO, 12 January 2015

The weather has stopped the iTelescopes at the Siding Spring Observatory from being rolled out, but this image from the all sky camera, before the cloud moved in, shows comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy near Taurus.Click to embiggen. The comet is indicated by the yellow lines.

Venus and Mercury on the Night of 11 January, 2015

Venus and Mercury head towards the horizon at twilight. Image taken with my Canon IXUS, 1 second 400 ASA, around 21:15 ACDST.In all the excitement of comet Lovejoy yesterday the Venus-Mercury conjunction goit eft out.But I saw it, and it was beautiful. You may wish to click on the picture to embiggen to see Mercury more clearly.Of course, it is raining again.

A Night of Comet Goodness! (11 January 2015)

Latest C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy from iTelescope T14 10 July 01:20 UT. 5x180 second luminance frames, median stack, east top north right. Click to embiggen. In contrast this is a stack of 5x1 second images (ISO 1600) of the comet taken with my Canon IXUS through my 114 mm Newtonian with 25 mm Plossl infinity to infinity focussing. Show More Summary

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