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Mercury and Venus in the evening twilight (with image)

January 14, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 14 January 2014) Mercury and Venus are currently visible low above the Western horizon during the bright evening twilight. They were a degree apart (two Moon widths) when the image was taken.

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Where to look for C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) tonight

January 5, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 5 January 2015) Once January’s Full Moon is out of the way (5 January 2015), you might want to dust off your binoculars and look for what is likely to be 2015’s brightest comet – Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2). The comet was discovered by Australian amateur comet hunter Terry Lovejoy in August 2014 […]

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Moon and delicate crepuscular rays over Canberra (with image)

January 2, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 2 January 2015) The crepuscular rays in the below image were cast by sunlight shining through storm clouds over the Brindabella Mountains.

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4 April 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse Information Sheet

October 24, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 24 October 2014) To assist you with your planning for this event, I have uploaded an information sheet about it. Download the information sheet here: 4_April_2015_Total_Lunar_Eclipse_information_sheet

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2015 Astronomy and Space Teaching Opportunities

October 17, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Updated 9 November 2014) This article provides a brief overview of the predictable significant astronomy and space events that will occur in 2015 which you may wish to use in your teaching of the ‘Earth and Space Sciences’ Science Understandings. I would encourage you to incorporate the use of these events in your teaching to […]

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It’s a plane … in front of the eclipsed Moon (with photo)

October 8, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 8 October  2014) My favourite photograph of the night. I lucked out and managed to capture an image of a plane flying in front of tonight’s partially eclipsed Moon.

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Two celestial events on the same night! Uranus at opposition and total lunar eclipse Wednesday 8 October 2014

October 1, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 1 October 2014) I love celestial coincidences. In fact the only thing better than having two celestial ‘events’ occurring on the same night is having the two events happening near each other. This is happening next Wednesday (8 October 2014) when both a total lunar eclipse will occur at the same time the […]

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Asteroid 2014 RC passes Earth tomorrow morning (with finder chart)

September 7, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 7 September 2014) Asteroid 2014 RC will safely pass the Earth tomorrow morning at a distance of only 34,000 km at 4:18 am AEST (Monday 8 September) Australian time. Astronomically speaking that is extremely close and shows that the Earth still faces an ongoing threat from being bombarded from outer space. Asteroid […]

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Mercury and crescent Moon in the evening twilight (photo)

August 27, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 27 August 2014) The cloud was kind earlier this evening and cleared above the Brindabella’s to allow me to take an image of the slim crescent Moon and Mercury low above the Western horizon. The thing I like in particular about the image is seeing the night side of the Moon lit […]

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Planet spotting doesn’t get any easier than this! See Mercury, Mars and Saturn without a telescope.

August 24, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 24 August 2014) Planet spotting doesn’t get any easier at present with three planets (Mercury, Mars and Saturn) now visible in evening sky. Mars and Saturn are the highest in the sky and don’t set until late evening. Mars sets the latest just after 11 pm AEST on the Gold Coast (setting […]

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