Tag: Gold Coast

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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Dazzling Jupiter only days from opposition

February 2, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 2 February 2015) Even the most casual sky watcher will have noticed a dazzlingly bright star above the North East horizon at the end of evening twilight. That star is in fact the planet Jupiter and it is only days from reaching opposition on Saturday 7 March 2015. For the uninitiated into […]

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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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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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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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Free download: Term 3 2014 Student Astronomy Newsletter Now Available

May 31, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The Term 3 2014 edition of my ‘Amazing Space!’ newsletter for students is now available for free download from this website. This term’s issue includes: Finder charts for Saturn and Mars. No telescope required. Constellation finder charts for the Southern Cross and Scorpius Moon phases for July – September 2014 Preview of 4 August 2014 Saturn occultation (event times […]

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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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