Category: My astronomy blog

Planetarium presentations at Science in ACTion 2017 school day

August 12, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 12 August 2017) A big thanks to Ingrid McCarthy (Inspiring Australia ACT) for making it possible for me to be at the 2017 Science in ACTion school day yesterday (Friday 11 August 2017). It was a great day with school groups from a diverse range of schools across the ACT taking part in […]

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A celestial alignment above Chinatown, Sydney

July 30, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 30July 2017) A brief visit to Sydney yesterday allowed me to capture the below image of the Moon, Jupiter and the star Spica (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Virgo ‘The Virgin’) and the Golden Water Mouth sculpture in Chinatown, Sydney. .

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Canberra (ACT) Sunset Panorama 3 February 2017

February 4, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 4 February 2017) If you look closely, you can spot the Moon and Venus (circled). The longer camera exposure while I was moving my mobile phone to take the panorama is most likely responsible for Venus not appearing as a pinpoint image. .

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A beautiful Canberra (ACT) sunset

January 24, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 24 January 2017) I think the image can speak for itself. .

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Canberra this morning just after sunrise photo montage (17 January 2017)

January 17, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 17 January 2017) Given the forecast of 37 degrees celcius for Canberra today, I was up earlier than usual for my morning walk. The above image is a combination of four of my favourite image of the morning. Hopefully the main image captures the glare of an Australian Summers morning just before the […]

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Satellite and planet watching in Canberra (ACT) tonight (16 January 2017)

January 16, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 16 January 2017) Only a few moderately bright satellites are visible in tonight’s evening Canberra twilight (16 January 2017). You can use the highly recommended HeavensAbove.com website to generate customised viewing information for your suburb. The brightest satellite (the International Space Station) is not currently visible from Canberra. The highlight for tonight will be a […]

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What do you see in these clouds?

January 11, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 11 January 2017) I am curious what you can see in the clouds I took a picture of yesterday. To me, a kangaroo immediately leapt to mind. I was somewhat disappointed when that was not captured by my camera. Double disappointment set in when my ‘significant other’ suggested something completely different! My mind recognising […]

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What time is the Supermoon closest to the Earth tonight?

November 14, 2016 | By | 2 Comments

Send to Kindle(Posted 14 November 2016) Want ‘bragging rights’ about having a photo of the ‘largest’ Full Moon since 1948? You had better make sure you know when the Moon is closest to the Earth tonight. Get that wrong and you will have to wait until November 2034 to take the picture. With thanks to my […]

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2016 Supermoon and 1948 Supermoon comparison

November 9, 2016 | By | 3 Comments

Send to Kindle(Posted 9 November 2016) For a comparison between the 2016 Supermoon and 1948 Supermoon (with an Australian perspective), refer to the below image. References: Moon phase times: https://www.fourmilab.ch/earthview/pacalc.html Conversion calculator – degrees, minutes, seconds to decimal degrees: https://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/calc/dms_decimal.cfm Closest supermoon since 1948! article: http://earthsky.org/?p=245367 November 14th’s Super-Close Full Moon media release: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/press-releases/november-14-super-close-full-moon/

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(Photo) Tiangong 2 Chinese Space Station passes over Canberra, Australia during evening twilight tonight

October 17, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 17 October 2016) Thanks to Heavens-Above.com’s prediction service, I managed to image China’s Tiangong 2 space station passing over Canberra tonight. The relatively small size of the station and the brightness of evening twilight means that the station was difficult to locate. The station will be easier to spot once it becomes […]

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