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

February 22, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(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 […]

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Moon, Venus and Mars close in evening twilight tonight

February 21, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

Send to Kindle(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 […]

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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

Send to Kindle(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 […]

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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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Tonight’s ‘Blood Moon’ lunar eclipse and the tetrad

April 15, 2014 | By | 3 Comments

Don’t be disappointed tonight (Tuesday 15 April 2014) when the totally eclipsed Moon doesn’t turn out to be literally ‘blood red’ (as apparently outlined in a New York best seller). The appearance of a lunar eclipse in real life varies dramatically and depends to a large degree on the level of dust in […]

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This weeks upcoming predictable space and astronomy events and anniversaries (24 – 30 March 2014)

March 23, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Posted 23 March 2014 This post is biased towards events that can be seen with the unaided eye or via the Internet. It also can only cover predictable events. Random events such as asteroid impacts won’t be listed. Where events are time specific, I have listed the events in AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) […]

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Mars, Saturn, Venus and the Moon in the morning sky (29 January 2014)

January 27, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Posted 27 January 2014 Early risers, don’t forget to look to the East this Wednesday morning (29 January 2014) in the pre-dawn sky to see the planets Mars, Saturn and Venus lined up along the ecliptic. Strictly speaking, they will be in that part of the sky for a while, but if you […]

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Largest asteroid in our solar system Ceres surrounded by water vapor (with finder chart)

January 23, 2014 | By | 5 Comments

Posted 23 January 2014 The European Space Agency announced this morning that their Herschel far-infrared space telescope has detected water vapor around the largest asteroid (or minor planet) Ceres in our solar system.  Ceres is currently visible in the morning sky and appears as a 8th magnitude star when viewed through either a large […]

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