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Dust off your telescope. Shadows of two Galilean moons visible on Jupiter tonight.

February 6, 2014 | By | 3 Comments

Posted 6 February 2014 Jupiter and it’s 63 moons provide Earthbound observers with a constantly changing view through a telescope. Tonight, two of Jupiter’s largest moons, Callisto and Europa will cast their shadows on Jupiter’s cloud tops. If you have a reasonable sized amateur telescope and steady skies, you should be able to […]

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Look now: The brilliant star below and right of the Moon is Jupiter!

January 14, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

14 January 2014 Planet spotting cannot come any easier than tonight. To find Jupiter, just look for the Moon as soon as the sky is dark enough to see some stars. The brilliant star (and the brightest object in the night sky beside the Moon) below and to the right of the Earth’s […]

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Free download: Term 1 2014 Student Astronomy Newsletter Now Available

January 8, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The Term 1 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 Jupiter. No telescope required. Constellation finder charts for the Southern Cross and Orion Moon phases for January – March 2014 Preview of 29 April 2014 Partial Solar Eclipse […]

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Tonight! Great Red Spot transits Jupiter joined by Europa with it’s shadow falling on Jupiter’s cloud tops

January 5, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

Update (Sunday 5 January 2014): Managed to spot the ‘Great Salmon Spot’ 🙂 using my amateur sized telescope but it was difficult because of Jupiter’s low altitude and its subtle colour. Europa was definitely not visible against the brighter disc of Jupiter nor was Europa’s shadow visible. The later was not a surprise […]

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Jupiter puts on a show tonight: Watch as Ganymede blinks out of view and Great Red Spot transits Jupiter!

December 24, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Look low above the North Eastern horizon tonight as soon as the sky is dark and you will notice a dazzling bright star. Point even a very small telescope at the ‘star’ and you will discover that you are looking at the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter. If you do have […]

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October 2013 Sky & Space Events

October 4, 2013 | By | 8 Comments

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 October 2013. The finder charts have been produced for an observer based on the Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia) but will be […]

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September 2013 Sky & Space Events

August 25, 2013 | By | 7 Comments

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 September 2013. The finder charts have been produced for an observer based on the Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia) but will be […]

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August 2013 Sky & Space Events

August 3, 2013 | By | 1 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 August 2013. The finder charts have been produced for an observer based on the Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia) but will be […]

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Early riser? Crescent Moon, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter visible tomorrow morning in morning twilight

August 3, 2013 | By | 3 Comments

If you are an early riser, don’t forget to look low above the North Eastern horizon around 5.30 am AEST. If you are lucky enough to have clear skies, you will spot a delicate crescent Moon with the three stars below it. The brightest by far will be the planet Jupiter, with Mars […]

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June 2013 Sky & Space Events

June 1, 2013 | By | 3 Comments

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 June 2013. The finder charts have been produced for an observer based in Brisbane (Queensland, Australia) but will be useful for […]

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