Tag: Sunshine Coast

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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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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September 2013 Sky & Space Events

August 25, 2013 | By | 7 Comments

These notes are intended to provide a casual sky watcher or someone already into amateur astronomy living in Eastern Australia with a summary of what is happening in the night sky in September 2013. The finder charts have been produced for an observer based on the Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia) but will be […]

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Where to look for the Perseid Meteor Shower as it peaks Tuesday morning

August 11, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

I write this post with some reluctance. While the Perseid meteor shower is one of the most regular annual meteor showers and produces 100 meteors per hour (under ideal conditions), it is best viewed from high Northern hemisphere latitudes. According to the International Meteor Organisation, the Perseid meteor shower will peak between 11.45 […]

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Take an image using (free) NASA robotic telescopes

January 27, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

If you are covering the ‘Space Sciences’ component of the Australian Curriculum (Science) this term, why not get your students to take their own photograph of a celestial object (such as the Moon or a galaxy) using a robotic telescope? You don’t need any technical knowledge of how to use the telescope (it […]

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November 2011 Sky & Space Events

October 31, 2011 | By | 4 Comments

These notes are intended to provide a casual sky watcher or someone already into amateur astronomy living on the East Coast of Australia with a short summary of what is happening in the night sky in November 2011. Instructions on how to obtain customised satellite viewing information for your location can be found here. […]

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In South East Queensland? Look up for the International Space Station in the early evening sky

October 4, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

If you are in South East Queensland and you are covering the Space theme this term, don’t forget to sent your students outside this week to look for the International Space Station. Depending on when and what day you are looking, the International Space Station will be visible passing across the sky as […]

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October 2011 Sky & Space Events

September 24, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

These notes are intended to provide a casual sky watcher or someone already into amateur astronomy living on the East Coast of Australia with a short summary of what is happening in the night sky in October 2011. Instructions on how to obtain customised satellite viewing information for your location can be found here. […]

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September 2011 Sky & Space Events

August 13, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

These notes are intended to provide a casual sky watcher or someone already into amateur astronomy living on the East Coast of Australia with a short summary of what is happening in the night sky in September 2011. Instructions on how to obtain customised satellite viewing information for your location can be found […]

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Planets dance in the morning sky (20 April 19 – 31 May 2011)

April 19, 2011 | By | 3 Comments

Early morning risers are in for a treat between now and the end of May 2011 as the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter engage in a slow ‘dance’ above the Eastern horizon. In ancient days, we probably would have all run around like ‘headless chooks’ because we would have believed that these […]

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