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Venus encounters the moon before dawn

October 8, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

Thanks to The Conversation website for permission to reproduce this article. Article written by: Tanya Hill, Museum Victoria Before sunrise this Friday, October 9, Venus will briefly hide behind the moon, as seen from central and eastern Australia. This rare event is known as a Lunar Occultation of Venus. For about an hour, the […]

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Crescent Moon joins Venus, Jupiter and Regulus this weekend

July 17, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 17 July 2015) In what seems to be a wonderful never ending show, the crescent Moon will temporarily join Venus and Jupiter as evening twilight ends this weekend. This follows the planets closest approach on 1 July 2015. Brisbane based amateur astronomer Tony Surma-Hawes captured the above image of Venus and Jupiter […]

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Hobart – Your turn to watch the Space Station pass very close to Venus and Jupiter Thursday night (9 July 2015)

July 8, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 8 July 2015) As seen from Hobart, the International Space Station will put on another show tomorrow night (Thursday 9 July 2015) when it passes very close to Venus and Jupiter. Just look for a bright slowly moving star moving as per the below chart. The above map (thanks to Heavens-Above.com) shows the […]

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Look South! 40% chance of aurora in next 24 hours

June 23, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

Send to Kindle(Posted 23 June 2015) Missed this morning’s aurora? To be honest, I think most people who knew that one was likely to occur also did. I looked around midnight then had to head off to bed so I was clear headed for work. A colleague looked around 3 am and saw nothing. Finally […]

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Jupiter and Venus sky show peaks Wednesday 1 July 2015

June 20, 2015 | By | 6 Comments

Send to Kindle(Posted 20 June 2015) If you thought last night’s encounter between Venus, Jupiter and the slim crescent Moon was impressive, keep watching! Thanks to the mechanics of all three planets moving around the Sun (the Earth being the third), Venus and Jupiter are appearing to be moving even closer together. The two planets […]

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Where to look to see the out of control Progress robotic spacecraft from Australian capital cities

May 4, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 4 May 2015) Australian observers are well placed to see the out of control Progress M-27M robotic spacecraft pass overhead prior to its unplanned and uncontrolled re-entry. According to Spaceflightnow.com, the spacecraft is expected to re-enter between 5 and 7 May 2015. The Progress spacecraft was supposed to deliver supplies to the International Space Station, […]

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Moon occults Jupiter as seen from Southern Australia this Monday night

February 17, 2013 | By | 14 Comments

Send to Kindle(Posted 17 February 2013) This Monday (18 February 2013) Jupiter will either be occulted by the Moon or have an extremely close encounter with the Moon. Residents of Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne and Perth will be treated to the sight of Jupiter quickly fading from view as it disappears behind the unlit side of […]

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Solar Eclipse pinhole viewer for 10 May 2013 Solar Eclipse

December 2, 2012 | By | 4 Comments

Send to Kindle(Posted 2 December 2012) Want to observe the Friday 10 May 2013 Solar Eclipse safely but don’t have access to a specialist solar filter for your telescope or binoculars? I have prepared a solar eclipse pinhole viewer which you can freely download and use to indirectly observe the eclipse.  I have included on the […]

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When to look for the eclipse Wednesday morning

November 12, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 12 November) This Wednesday (14 November 2012) the Moon will briefly cover the Sun for as seen from Australia. If you are lucky enough to be in Far North Queensland, you will experience a total solar eclipse. For two minutes, the Moon will totally cover the Sun and the stars and planets […]

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Pinhole viewer for November 2012 Solar Eclipse

November 1, 2012 | By | 5 Comments

Send to Kindle(Posted 1 November 2012) Want to observe the Wednesday 14 November Solar Eclipse safely but don’t have access to a specialist solar filter for your telescope or binoculars? I have prepared a pinhole solar eclipse viewer which you can freely download and use to indirectly observe the eclipse. Keep in mind that even […]

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