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Moon passes Jupiter 2 – 4 March 2015 / Great Red Spot visible Tuesday night through a telescope

March 1, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

(Posted 1 March 2015) Look above the North Eastern horizon over the next few nights and you will notice a very bright star near the Moon. That bright star is really the planet Jupiter. Dust off your binoculars or that unused telescope you bought last Christmas and you will be rewarded with a view of the largest […]

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Tonight! Moon, Venus, Mars and Uranus in straight line in evening twilight

February 22, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

(Posted 22 February 2015) Assuming you have clear skies, Venus, Mars and a slim crescent Moon will be visible to the unaided eye low above the Western horizon tonight. If you have a pair of binoculars, you MIGHT be able to locate Uranus before it sets. It is currently magnitude +5.9 making it easy to […]

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Moon, Venus and Mars close in evening twilight tonight

February 21, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

(Posted 21 February 2015) If you are lucky enough to have clear skies tonight, look low above the Western horizon in the evening twilight to locate a slim crescent Moon plus the planets Venus and Mars. If the sky becomes dark enough before the Moon sets, you will notice that the ‘night’ or un-illuminated side […]

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Mercury now visible in morning sky

February 8, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

(Posted 8 February 2015) Mercury is now a morning object and can be seen low above the Eastern horizon in the morning twilight sky. From our Earthbound perspective, Mercury will continue to move away from the Sun and become easier to locate with the unaided eye. Note that without a telescope it only appears as a […]

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Dazzling Jupiter only days from opposition

February 2, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

(Posted 2 February 2015) Even the most casual sky watcher will have noticed a dazzlingly bright star above the North East horizon at the end of evening twilight. That star is in fact the planet Jupiter and it is only days from reaching opposition on Saturday 7 March 2015. For the uninitiated into astronomy, the […]

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4 April 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse Information Sheet

October 24, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

(Posted 24 October 2014) To assist you with your planning for this event, I have uploaded an information sheet about it. Download the information sheet here: 4_April_2015_Total_Lunar_Eclipse_information_sheet

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2015 Astronomy and Space Teaching Opportunities

October 17, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

(Updated 9 November 2014) This article provides a brief overview of the predictable significant astronomy and space events that will occur in 2015 which you may wish to use in your teaching of the ‘Earth and Space Sciences’ Science Understandings. I would encourage you to incorporate the use of these events in your teaching to ensure that […]

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Two celestial events on the same night! Uranus at opposition and total lunar eclipse Wednesday 8 October 2014

October 1, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

(Posted 1 October 2014) I love celestial coincidences. In fact the only thing better than having two celestial ‘events’ occurring on the same night is having the two events happening near each other. This is happening next Wednesday (8 October 2014) when both a total lunar eclipse will occur at the same time the planet Uranus […]

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Asteroid 2014 RC passes Earth tomorrow morning (with finder chart)

September 7, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

(Posted 7 September 2014) Asteroid 2014 RC will safely pass the Earth tomorrow morning at a distance of only 34,000 km at 4:18 am AEST (Monday 8 September) Australian time. Astronomically speaking that is extremely close and shows that the Earth still faces an ongoing threat from being bombarded from outer space. Asteroid 2014 RC […]

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Planet spotting doesn’t get any easier than this! See Mercury, Mars and Saturn without a telescope.

August 24, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

(Posted 24 August 2014) Planet spotting doesn’t get any easier at present with three planets (Mercury, Mars and Saturn) now visible in evening sky. Mars and Saturn are the highest in the sky and don’t set until late evening. Mars sets the latest just after 11 pm AEST on the Gold Coast (setting times for […]

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