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Venus encounters the moon before dawn

October 8, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

Thanks to The Conversation website for permission to reproduce this article. Article written by: Tanya Hill, Museum Victoria Before sunrise this Friday, October 9, Venus will briefly hide behind the moon, as seen from central and eastern Australia. This rare event is known as a Lunar Occultation of Venus. For about an hour, the […]

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Download a ‘9 March 2016 Partial Solar Eclipse’ poster

September 27, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 27 September 2015) The only solar eclipse visible from Australia in 2016 will occur on the morning of Wednesday 9 March. Residents of Northern Australia will be treated to a partial solar eclipse. An eclipse will not occur for residents of Southern Australia (see poster for more specific information). To download the […]

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Next Solar Eclipse for Australia occurs in March 2016

September 13, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Page updated 6 October 2015) The next solar eclipse visible from Australia will be a partial one (totality occurs North of Australia) and be visible from across Northern Australia on Wednesday 9 March 2016. A poster about this eclipse can be downloaded from my Free ‘Space posters’ page. The about image is courtesy of […]

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Crescent Moon joins Venus, Jupiter and Regulus this weekend

July 17, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 17 July 2015) In what seems to be a wonderful never ending show, the crescent Moon will temporarily join Venus and Jupiter as evening twilight ends this weekend. This follows the planets closest approach on 1 July 2015. Brisbane based amateur astronomer Tony Surma-Hawes captured the above image of Venus and Jupiter […]

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Where to look to see the out of control Progress robotic spacecraft from Australian capital cities

May 4, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 4 May 2015) Australian observers are well placed to see the out of control Progress M-27M robotic spacecraft pass overhead prior to its unplanned and uncontrolled re-entry. According to Spaceflightnow.com, the spacecraft is expected to re-enter between 5 and 7 May 2015. The Progress spacecraft was supposed to deliver supplies to the International Space Station, […]

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Mars, Saturn, Venus and the Moon in the morning sky (29 January 2014)

January 27, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Posted 27 January 2014 Early risers, don’t forget to look to the East this Wednesday morning (29 January 2014) in the pre-dawn sky to see the planets Mars, Saturn and Venus lined up along the ecliptic. Strictly speaking, they will be in that part of the sky for a while, but if you […]

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Star gazing FNQ style. Moonlight reflecting on the ocean and palms silhouetted against tropical clouds

January 16, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

16 January 2014 The sky did something surprising for Far North Queensland in wet season. It cleared! Admittedly the sky was hazy so serious star gazing isn’t possible. However the moonlight reflecting off the ocean is beautiful.

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Stargazing FNQ style …. cloudy!

January 15, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

15 January 2014 I am up in FNQ (Far North Queensland) for a weeks holiday. Given it is the wet season, there is very little chance of seeing anything in the sky – apart from cloud and rain. It is a really nice time to be here – given how green everything is […]

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Now available for free download: Solar eclipse pinhole viewer for 29 April 2014 partial solar eclipse

January 6, 2014 | By | 4 Comments

As per my 2014 Astronomy Events Calendar, we are lucky enough in Australia to have two lunar eclipses and one partial solar eclipse this year. Unlike lunar eclipses, partial solar eclipses are not safe to look directly at without the use of specialist solar filters most commonly sold by telescope shops. There are […]

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Solar Eclipse pinhole viewer for 10 May 2013 Solar Eclipse

December 2, 2012 | By | 4 Comments

Send to Kindle(Posted 2 December 2012) Want to observe the Friday 10 May 2013 Solar Eclipse safely but don’t have access to a specialist solar filter for your telescope or binoculars? I have prepared a solar eclipse pinhole viewer which you can freely download and use to indirectly observe the eclipse.  I have included on the […]

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