Tag: Saturn 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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Mercury now visible in morning sky

February 8, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(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 […]

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

April 18, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(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 […]

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Watch as the Moon joins Saturn tonight (with finder chart)

April 17, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 17 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 any time after the sky is dark tonight and you can […]

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Free download: Term 2 2014 Student Astronomy Newsletter Now Available

April 14, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The Term 2 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. No telescope required. Constellation finder charts for the Southern Cross and Scorpius Moon phases for April – June 2014 Preview of 29 April 2014 Partial Solar Eclipse […]

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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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This weeks upcoming predictable space and astronomy events (17 – 23 February 2014)

February 16, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Posted 16 February 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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