Category: Southern Hemisphere Sky Events

International Space Station passes over Canberra tonight (26 April 2018)

April 26, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 26 April 2018) There is a very bright pass over Canberra tonight by the International Space Station. The space station will look like a very bright slowly moving star moving across the sky. Look in the North West at 6.18 pm AEST and follow it high into the sky. It will move […]

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Watch as Io eclipsed by Jupiter on Saturday 28 April 2018 (large binoculars or small telescope required).

April 21, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 21 April 2018) Io will be eclipsed by Jupiter at 7.13 pm AEST on Saturday 28 April 2018. A large pair of binoculars or small telescope will allow you to watch as Io ‘disappears’ into Jupiter’s shadow. To find Jupiter, just look to the East once the sky is dark. It will […]

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A triple show on Jupiter tonight! A moon’s shadow falls on Jupiter’s cloud tops and the G.R.S. transits.

April 20, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 20 April 2018). Jupiter and one of it’s largest moons Io will put on a triple show tonight. Two of these events (the Great Red Spot transiting Jupiter and the shadow of Io falling on the cloud tops of Jupiter) will be visible in a decent sized amateur telescope. The third (Io […]

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See Jupiter’s Great Red Spot for yourself! Sunday 8 April 2018

April 7, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 7 April 2018) Inspired by the stunning images sent back by NASA’s Juno orbiter spacecraft of the Great Red Spot to dust off your telescope? Unfortunately, Earth bound observers can’t enjoy this exact stunning view. Well, fortunately actually, as passing this close to Jupiter’s intense radiation belts would result in your unpleasant […]

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Planets galore in the late evening sky … plus see Jupiter’s Giant Red Spot for yourself!

April 4, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 4 April 2018) Our evening sky ‘planet drought’ is finally over with the spectacular planets Jupiter and Saturn plus Mars visible. Yes, Venus is visible low on the Western horizon in evening twilight and has been for a while. But let’s face it, Venus is a featureless disc (strictly speaking a gibbous […]

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Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in the early morning sky (with image)

April 3, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 3 April 2018) Courtesy of a kidney stone operation (really not recommended!!), I found myself up in the very early morning staring at the night sky a few nights ago. I had a recollection that Mars and Saturn were very close, and managed to locate both very close to the Teapot which […]

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Venus and Moon in the evening twilight tonight

March 19, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 19 March 2018) This was my first glimpse of Venus in the evening sky for 2018. Sadly, Mercury was too close to the Sun to be glimpsed. .

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Early riser? See doomed Chinese space station pass over Canberra.

March 10, 2018 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 10 March 2018) China’s first space station, Tiangong-1 will be visible in Canberra’s early morning sky between 11 and 19 March 2018. This is likely to be your last opportunity to see the space station before it is destroyed as it re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere. The space station is currently ‘out of control’ […]

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Mission impossible? See Venus and Jupiter close together in the morning twilight sky.

November 12, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 12 November 2017) Venus and Jupiter will be very close on the morning of Monday 13 November 2017. They will just over one Moon width apart. However, they will be very low on the Eastern horizon. I would suggest taking binoculars outside to help you look for them. Wide angle finder chart Venus […]

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Watch as Chinese Space Station passes over Canberra tonight. No binoculars or telescope needed!

October 15, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 15 October 2017) Watch as China’s Tiangong 2 Space Station passes over Canberra tonight between 7.51pm AEDT and 7.59 pm AEDT. The space station will rise approximately in the South West, pass approximately overhead and then fade in the North East just before it reaches the horizon. It will appear as a slowly […]

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