Tag: Jupiter finder chart

Gold Coast sky watchers! Look up Sunday night. Mars at opposition and Space Station to zip overhead.

May 16, 2016 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 18 May 2016) This Sunday (22 May 2016) is going to be a busy one for casual sky watchers on the Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia)! The International Space Station is going to pass directly overhead and the planet Mars will reach opposition on the same night. As an added bonus , the […]

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Live in Southern Canberra? Tuesday night watch a dazzling Iridium flare and see three planets!

May 15, 2016 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(Update 17 May 2016) To my surprise, there was a second Iridium flare. I rechecked the Heavens-Above.com website and discovered there was a ‘fainter’ Iridium flare predicted that I had not noticed. The brighter flare was from the Iridium 54 satellite and reached magnitude -7.4. The second flare eight seconds later reached ‘only’ […]

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‘Mysterious’ flare of light joins Moon and Jupiter tonight over Gold Coast, Queensland!

May 15, 2016 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 15 May 2016) Casual sky watchers on the Gold Coast residents have a double astronomical treat tonight (Sunday 15 May 2016). Firstly,  you can look up as soon as the sky is dark and spot the planet Jupiter immediately below the Moon. No telescope or binoculars will be required. The second ‘treat’ […]

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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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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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Got a telescope? Watch Io and its shadow pass across Jupiter’s face tonight.

March 9, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 9 March 2015) The shadow of Jupiter’s largest moons Io, will cross the face of Jupiter tonight between approximately 8:30 pm AEST and 10:30 pm AEST (9:30 pm AEDT to 11:30 pm AEDT). While Jupiter can easily be seen with the unaided eye (look for the brilliant star above the Eastern horizon at […]

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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

Send to Kindle(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 […]

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Dazzling Jupiter only days from opposition

February 2, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(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 […]

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

May 4, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Send to Kindle(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 […]

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

April 22, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(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 […]

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