Tag: Gold Coast Astronomy

Moon passes Jupiter 2 – 4 March 2015 / Great Red Spot visible Tuesday night through a telescope

March 1, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 1 March 2015) Look above the North Eastern horizon over the next few nights and you will notice a very bright star near the Moon. That bright star is really the planet Jupiter. Dust off your binoculars or that unused telescope you bought last Christmas and you will be rewarded with a view of […]

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Tonight! Moon, Venus, Mars and Uranus in straight line in evening twilight

February 22, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 22 February 2015) Assuming you have clear skies, Venus, Mars and a slim crescent Moon will be visible to the unaided eye low above the Western horizon tonight. If you have a pair of binoculars, you MIGHT be able to locate Uranus before it sets. It is currently magnitude +5.9 making it […]

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Moon, Venus and Mars close in evening twilight tonight

February 21, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

Send to Kindle(Posted 21 February 2015) If you are lucky enough to have clear skies tonight, look low above the Western horizon in the evening twilight to locate a slim crescent Moon plus the planets Venus and Mars. If the sky becomes dark enough before the Moon sets, you will notice that the ‘night’ or […]

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Mercury now visible in morning sky

February 8, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 8 February 2015) Mercury is now a morning object and can be seen low above the Eastern horizon in the morning twilight sky. From our Earthbound perspective, Mercury will continue to move away from the Sun and become easier to locate with the unaided eye. Note that without a telescope it only appears […]

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Crescent Moon joins Jupiter tonight in the constellation Gemini The Twins (with finder chart)

May 4, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Send to Kindle(Posted 4 May 2014) Step outside tonight as soon as the sky begins to darken and you will be rewarded by the beautiful sight of the crescent Moon and planet Jupiter above the North West horizon. More information about the constellation Gemini The Twins (in which the Moon and Jupiter appear to be […]

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Iridium flare will dazzle early morning risers on the Gold Coast tomorrow

April 27, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Send to Kindle(Posted 27 April 2014) An Iridium flare approximately 39 times brighter than Venus (currently visible in the morning sky) will dazzle the eyes of early morning risers on the Gold Coast tomorrow morning (Monday 28 April 2014). The flare will occur at 4:55 am AEST (4:55.02 am AEST to be precise) and last only […]

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Jupiter, Mars and Saturn visible tonight. No telescope or binoculars required!

April 22, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 22 April 2014) Planet spotting doesn’t any easier than tonight with Jupiter, Mars and Saturn easily visible to the unaided eye as bright stars. Jupiter is the brightest star located above the North Western horizon at the end of evening twilight. If you do have a telescope or binoculars, take the time […]

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Where to look for the Perseid Meteor Shower as it peaks Tuesday morning

August 11, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

I write this post with some reluctance. While the Perseid meteor shower is one of the most regular annual meteor showers and produces 100 meteors per hour (under ideal conditions), it is best viewed from high Northern hemisphere latitudes. According to the International Meteor Organisation, the Perseid meteor shower will peak between 11.45 […]

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July 2013 Sky & Space Events

June 22, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

These notes are intended to provide a casual sky watcher or someone already into amateur astronomy living in Eastern Australia with a summary of what is happening in the night sky in July 2013. The finder charts have been produced for an observer based on the Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia) but will be […]

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