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Archived Since:March 16, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The Sky This Week - Thursday September 29 to Thursday October 6

The New Moon is Saturday October 1. Venus climbs higher in the evening sky. The thin crescent Moon is close to Venus on the 3rd and 4th of October. Mars and Saturn are visible in the early evening and form a long triangle with the red star Antares. Show More Summary

My First Image of Nova Lupus 2016

Nova Lupus (ASASSN-16kt) imaged from my back yard using a Canon IXUS. 10 x 15 second 400 ASA shots stacked in DeepSkyStacker and contrast adjusted and cropped in ImageJ. Click to embiggen. Despite rubbish conditions (low haze and close to te horizon, that's the roof of the house at the bottom) I was able to pick up the nova. Show More Summary

A Bright Probable Nova in Lupus (26 September, 2016)

Location of Nova Lupi. The image shows the South-Western horizon as seen from Adelaide an hour and a half after sunset. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at equivalent times. Click to embiggen The image shows a simulated...Show More Summary

Mars Meets the Lagoon Nebula (24-30 September, 2016)

Evening sky on Wednesday September 28 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 22:00 ACST. Mars, Saturn, Antares form a long triangle. The fuzzy patch near Mars is the Lagoon NebulaSimilar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. Show More Summary

Astrophiz Podcast 12 is Out

Astrophiz Podcast 12 is out now. This week’s feature is from Dr Nadeshzda Cherbakov, where she tells us about Blackbody Radiation.In’What’s Up Doc?’ I tell you what to look for in the sky this week. My Tangent: the gunpowder smell of moondust and its inherent dangers. Show More Summary

Aurora Watch (20 September 2016)

The Australian Space Weather Service (SWS ) has now issued an Aurora Watch for 20 September UT from a high speed solar wind stream and there is also a current geomagnetic warning. Early evening skies are Moon free, but cloud is problematic and the moon rises later in the evening. Show More Summary

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

The Last Quarter Moon is Friday September 23. Earth is at Equinox on the 23rd. The Moon is close to the red star Aldebaran in the morning sky on the 22nd. Venus climbs higher in the evening sky. Mars and Saturn are visible most of the evening and form a long triangle with the red star Antares. Show More Summary

My Images of the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (Saturday 17 September, 2016)

Moon at 3:00 am ACST, 37 minutes after the penumbral eclipse has started, not much is going on in either the telescope or visually. Click to embiggen. Moon at 3:30 am ACST, a clear darkening is seen in the telescope, less obvious visually. Show More Summary

Astrophiz Podcast 11 is Out

Astrophiz Podcast 11 is out now. This week’s feature is from Dr Nadeshzda Cherbakov, where she tells us about Vera Rubin’s historic discovery of Dark Matter and how she is still being denied a well-deserved Nobel Prize.In’What’s Up Doc?’...Show More Summary

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (Morning, Saturday September 17, 2016)

Morning sky on Saturday September 17 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 04:00 ACST. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. (click to embiggen). Note the subtle darkening of the Moon. Earth's shadow is formed from two overlapping cone-shaped sections. Show More Summary

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

The Full Moon is Saturday September 17. There is a penumbral eclipse of the Moon in the early morning of the 17th. Venus comes close to the bright star Spica in the twilight. Jupiter is lost to view. Mars and Saturn are visible all evening long and form a triangle with the red star Antares. Show More Summary

Carnival of Space #474 is Here!

Carnival of Space #474 is now up at The Urban Astronomer. There is Juno flying over Jupiter's poles, that "impossible" space drive, an ice volcano on Ceres and much more. Speed on over and have a read.

The ISS meets Venus and Mars (16-21 September)

The ISS passes almost over Venus as seen from Adelaide on the evening of Monday 19 September at 18:59 ACST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen. The ISS passes near Venus as seen from Brisbane on the evening of Wednesday 21 September at 18:41 AEST. Show More Summary

Venus Climbs Towards Spica (11 September 2016)

Venus with the bright star Spica above, Sunday September 11, 2016. Image taken with a Canon IXUS, 8 second exposure, 400 ASA at 7:15 pm ACST. Click to embiggen. Venus with the bright star Spica above, Sunday September 11, 2016. Image taken with a Canon IXUS, 8 second exposure 3 x Zoom, 400 ASA at 7:15 pm ACST. Show More Summary

The Lagooon Nebula with a Point and Shoot Camera (7 September 2016)

The Lagoon Nebula imaged with taken with a Canon IXUS mounted on 8" Newtonian with infinity to infinity focus, 25 mm eyepiece. 800 ASA, 10 15 seconds exposure stacked in Deep Sky Stacker. Click to embiggen Moon taken with the same Canon...Show More Summary

My Images of Mars close to M19 (7 September 2016)

Mars (Obvious overexposed blob) and M19 (labelled fuzzy patch) taken with the Canon IXUS 400 ASA, 3 x Zoom, 15 seconds exposure. Click to embiggen. Mars (Obvious overexposed blob on far right) and M19 (obvious fuzzy patch) taken with the Canon IXUS mounted on 8" Newtonian inifinty ot infinity focus, 25 mm eyepiece. Show More Summary

Astrophiz Podcast 10 is Out

Astrophiz Podcast 10 is out now. Dr Nadeshzda Cherbakov and the Radio Window II, Dr. Elizabeth Tasker. Proxima B debunked. I witter on about what is up in the sky and why comets may have generated the WOW! signal.

Mars close to globular cluster M19 (7 September 2016)

Mars as seen from Adelaide at 22:00 ACST on 7 September, simiar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. Click to embiggen. Simulated binocular view of M19 and Mars. you will need to click to embiggen to see M19. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday September 8 to Thursday September 15

The First Quarter Moon is Friday September 9. Venus and Jupiter form a line in the twilight. Mercury is lost to view. Mars and Saturn are visible all evening long and form a triangle with the red star Antares. On the 9th Mars, Saturn, the Moon and Antares form a kite shape.The First Quarter Moon is Friday September 9. Show More Summary

Aurora Happening NOW! (3 September 11:00pm AEST)

Unaided eye aurora are being reported from multiple Tasmainian sites including Ninepin, Nubeena, and Squeaking point and Kilcunda, Vic NOW. As with last night the indexes are currently all rubbish but people are reporting aurora. ItShow More Summary

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