Tag: Mercury finder chart

January 2013 Sky & Space Events

December 16, 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 January 2013. The finder charts have been produced for an observer based in Brisbane (Queensland, Australia) but will be useful for […]

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Just because it’s mentioned on Facebook doesn’t mean planetary alignment with the Giza pyramids is real

December 4, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

I had a colleague of mine email me about a supposed planetary alignment with the Giza Pyramids which happens only once in 2,737 years. According to the part of the post I was sent, it happens on 3 December local time and has something to do with the ‘…12-12-12’ Ascension. She wanted to know if […]

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December 2012 Sky & Space Events

November 16, 2012 | By | 2 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 December 2012. The finder charts have been produced for an observer based in Brisbane (Queensland, Australia) but will be useful for […]

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November 2012 Sky & Space Events

October 21, 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 November 2012. The finder charts have been produced for an observer based in Brisbane (Queensland, Australia) but will be useful for […]

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Planets galore! Mercury, Mars and Saturn in evening twilight. Jupiter and Venus in morning twilight.

June 23, 2012 | By | 8 Comments

Once more, the sky is full of planets even if only temporarily before evening twilight ends or as the morning twilight ends. As the saying goes, Mercury makes three? Ok, I changed the saying but for at least the next few weeks Mercury does make three in the evening sky, at least temporarily as […]

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Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in evening twilight

March 4, 2012 | By | 1 Comment

If you are lucky enough to have a clear sky tomorrow night, step outside and look low above the Western horizon during evening twilight. You will be greeted by three extra ‘stars’ that aren’t on any star chart. This is because they aren’t stars but planets. Mercury will be the most difficult to […]

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Antares, Mercury and Venus in the evening twilight – Northern and Southern hemisphere views

November 12, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Antares, Mercury and Venus are currently visible low above the Western horizon in the evening twilight. I thought I prepare a finder chart for each hemisphere to show how different our views of the night sky can be. The first chart (below) has been prepared for an Australian observer on the East Coast. […]

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Mercury now easy to see in the evening twilight

July 14, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Contrary to popular belief, the planet Mercury is very easy to see in the sky if you know when and where to look. It is now well placed for viewing in the evening twilight sky. I have placed a video on Youtube showing where to look to see Mercury until the end of […]

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Planets dance in the morning sky (20 April 19 – 31 May 2011)

April 19, 2011 | By | 3 Comments

Early morning risers are in for a treat between now and the end of May 2011 as the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter engage in a slow ‘dance’ above the Eastern horizon. In ancient days, we probably would have all run around like ‘headless chooks’ because we would have believed that these […]

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Planet Watching On Australia Day Morning

January 24, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

If you are an early riser, you might like to look skywards on Australia Day (26 January 2011) for the chance to see three planets without a telescope. Saturn (which appears to the unaided eye as a pale yellow star) will be located to the left of and below the Moon. If you […]

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