Category: Southern Hemisphere Sky Events

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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#BrisbaneAstronomy Space Station visible in morning sky 30 Jan – 6 February 2017 to unaided eye.

January 28, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 28 January 2017) If you are an early riser living in Brisbane (Queensland), you might like to look for the International Space Station over the period 30 January – 6 February 2017. To the unaided eye, the Space Station will look like a slowly moving star passing overhead. The highly recommended website HeavensAbove.com has further […]

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#GoldCoastAstronomy Space Station visible in morning sky 30 Jan – 6 February 2017 to unaided eye.

January 28, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 28 January 2017) If you are an early riser living on the Gold Coast (Queensland), you might like to look for the International Space Station over the period 30 January – 6 February 2017. To the unaided eye, the Space Station will look like a slowly moving star passing overhead. The highly recommended website […]

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#CanberraAstronomy Space Station visible in morning sky 1 – 6 February 2017 to unaided eye.

January 28, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 28 January 2017) If you are an early riser living in Canberra (Australian Capital Territory), you might like to look for the International Space Station over the period 1 – 6 February 2017. To the unaided eye, the Space Station will look like a slowly moving star passing overhead. The highly recommended website […]

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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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Look for Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and the Moon in evening twilight tonight

September 4, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 4 September 2016) Don’t panic if you didn’t miss last month’s close encounter between Venus and Jupiter, don’t panic. Firstly, you can ‘just’ still see Mercury and Jupiter in the evening twilight below Venus and the crescent Moon. You will need a clear sky and low horizon tonight. Binoculars are highly recommended […]

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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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