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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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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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July 2013 Sky & Space Events

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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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Crescent Moon passes Saturn and Mars this week

September 16, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(16 September 2012) Haven’t seen a planet in the sky? Don’t know that you can see a planet without a telescope? Five planets including Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter are easily visible to the unaided eye if you know where and when to look. The trick of course is knowing which star […]

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October 2012 Sky & Space Events

September 14, 2012 | 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 October 2012. The finder charts have been produced for an observer based in Brisbane (Queensland, Australia) but will be useful for […]

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Moon joins Mars, Saturn and Spica tonight

August 22, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

Planet spotting doesn’t get any easier than tonight. Just look above the Western horizon now for the crescent Moon. Below it you will notice a bright triangle of stars. The top star in the triangle is the planet Mars. And the bottom two stars? The left is the star Spica and the right […]

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Look NOW to see the slim crescent Moon, Mars and Saturn above the Western horizon

August 19, 2012 | By | 4 Comments

Step outside now to see the beautiful sight of a slim crescent Moon low above the Western horizon. The photo below was only taken a few minutes ago so it gives you an idea of what you will see. If you wait till the sky is a bit darker, you will start to […]

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Curiosity touches down on Mars… but can you find Mars in the night sky?

August 5, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

With NASA’s Curiosity rover touching down on Mars tomorrow at 3.31 pm AEST, you may not realise that you can see Mars in the night sky without even needing a telescope. Just look above the North Western horizon once the sky darkens for a triangular group of stars. Mars is the bottom star […]

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Planets galore! Mars and Saturn in the evening sky and Jupiter and Venus in the morning sky this week

July 29, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

This week, the sky continues to produce lots of pretty views for the casual sky watcher. You can be an early riser and be rewarded with the dazzling sight of Venus and Jupiter above the North Eastern horizon in the predawn sky or get to point even the smallest of telescopes at Saturn […]

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