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2015 Astronomy and Space Teaching Opportunities

October 17, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

(Posted 17 October 2014) This list is provided to assist schools with planning for 2015. More information on these predictable events will be added to this page once this terms report writing ‘season’ is out of the way for me. Note that the list is biased towards events that occur in the evening sky and are […]

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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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Free download: Term 3 2014 Student Astronomy Newsletter Now Available

May 31, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The Term 3 2014 edition of my ‘Amazing Space!’ newsletter for students is now available for free download from this website. This term’s issue includes: Finder charts for Saturn and Mars. No telescope required. Constellation finder charts for the Southern Cross and Scorpius Moon phases for July – September 2014 Preview of 4 August 2014 Saturn occultation (event times for various […]

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Crescent Moon joins Jupiter tonight in the constellation Gemini The Twins (with finder chart)

May 4, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

(Posted 4 May 2014) Step outside tonight as soon as the sky begins to darken and you will be rewarded by the beautiful sight of the crescent Moon and planet Jupiter above the North West horizon. More information about the constellation Gemini The Twins (in which the Moon and Jupiter appear to be in front […]

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Photo opportunity! Photograph Venus and Moon together as they rise over the ocean tomorrow morning (Saturday 26 April 2014) Post inc. finder chart.

April 25, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

(Posted 25 April 2014) Early riser? Tomorrow morning, Venus and the crescent Moon will provide a dazzling photo opportunity as they rise over the ocean. Moon rise is 2:48 am AEST for the Gold Coast so it would be an early morning but worth it. For observers not near the ocean, you could still try for […]

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Venus shines high in pre-dawn ANZAC Day 2014 and above ANZAC Cove, Turkey 1915

April 23, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

(Posted 23 April 2014)  If you are attending this week’s ANZAC Day Dawn Service (Friday 25 April 2014), before the service starts you can take part in a little naked eye astronomy by looking up and to the East. Assuming you have clear skies, you will easily be able to observe dazzling Venus and a waning crescent […]

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Jupiter, Mars and Saturn visible tonight. No telescope or binoculars required!

April 22, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

(Posted 22 April 2014) Planet spotting doesn’t any easier than tonight with Jupiter, Mars and Saturn easily visible to the unaided eye as bright stars. Jupiter is the brightest star located above the North Western horizon at the end of evening twilight. If you do have a telescope or binoculars, take the time to get […]

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Moon, Saturn and Antares above the Eastern horizon tonight (with finder chart)

April 18, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

(Posted 18 April 2014) Unfamiliar with the night sky but want to see a planet with your own eyes? Tonight is a great opportunity to use the Moon as a kind of celestial signpost to spot the planet Saturn. Just head outside at 8:30 pm AEST and look for the Moon above the Eastern horizon. […]

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