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Mercury, Venus and Jupiter dazzle in the evening twilight (photo)

August 27, 2016 | By | 2 Comments

Send to Kindle(Posted 27 August 2016) Make sure you are taking a couple of minutes over the next few nights to look at the unfolding planetary close encounter that is happening between Mercury, Venus and Jupiter. No telescope is required. Just look to the West as the sky darkens (6.30 pm AEST for most of […]

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Twin Iridium satellite flare imaged over Canberra, Australia

May 17, 2016 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 17 May 2016) I had a ‘two for the price of one’ Iridium satellite flare tonight. I went out to photograph a very bright magnitude -7.4 flare in the constellation Leo Major. To my surprise, there was a second Iridium flare. I rechecked the Heavens-Above.com website and discovered there was a ‘fainter’ Iridium […]

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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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Giant sunspot visible without optical aid! Just remember your solar viewing glasses.

April 11, 2016 | By | 7 Comments

Send to Kindle(Posted 11 April 2016) If you happen to have a pair of solar viewing glasses lying around, grab them and look at the Sun. Sunspot AR2529 is easily visible to the unaided eye. It is twice the size of the Earth and growing!  I took the below image using a handheld camera with a really […]

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See Uranus tonight using only binoculars!

November 22, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 22 November 2015) While the planet Uranus may be located far from the Earth in the outer solar system, its large size means it is bright enough to be found in binoculars if you know where to look. Tonight, the Earth’s Moon will be located close enough to Uranus so that you […]

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Venus and crescent Moon post occultation daytime image

October 9, 2015 | By | 5 Comments

Send to Kindle(Posted 9 October 2015) I managed to take the below photograph of Venus and the crescent Moon this morning once the cloud had cleared. It sort of makes up for the fact that I missed out on seeing the actual Venus occulation due to total cloud cover. Sort of….

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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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This mornings close Venus and Moon daylight conjunction (photo)

July 19, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 19 July 2015) From Eastern Australia, the Moon had a very close daylight encounter with the planet Venus. If you were lucky enough to be located North of the Gold Coast, then you would have seen the Moon occult (temporarily cover) the planet Venus. Observers at locations South of the Gold Coast […]

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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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Moonbow over Canberra (with photos)

July 3, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 3 July 2015) At first glance tonight, it looked like there was an ice halo around the Moon. Given how cold it is in Canberra at the moment, that didn’t surprise me. However, the halo was stronger on one side of the Moon and somewhat odd shaped. Closer examination led to the […]

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