Tag: Southern Hemisphere Sky Events

Look South! 40% chance of aurora in next 24 hours

June 23, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

Send to Kindle(Posted 23 June 2015) Missed this morning’s aurora? To be honest, I think most people who knew that one was likely to occur also did. I looked around midnight then had to head off to bed so I was clear headed for work. A colleague looked around 3 am and saw nothing. Finally […]

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Jupiter and Venus sky show peaks Wednesday 1 July 2015

June 20, 2015 | By | 6 Comments

Send to Kindle(Posted 20 June 2015) If you thought last night’s encounter between Venus, Jupiter and the slim crescent Moon was impressive, keep watching! Thanks to the mechanics of all three planets moving around the Sun (the Earth being the third), Venus and Jupiter are appearing to be moving even closer together. The two planets […]

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Got a telescope? Watch Io and its shadow pass across Jupiter’s face tonight.

March 9, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 9 March 2015) The shadow of Jupiter’s largest moons Io, will cross the face of Jupiter tonight between approximately 8:30 pm AEST and 10:30 pm AEST (9:30 pm AEDT to 11:30 pm AEDT). While Jupiter can easily be seen with the unaided eye (look for the brilliant star above the Eastern horizon at […]

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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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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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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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Photo opportunity! Photograph Venus and Moon together as they rise over the ocean tomorrow morning (Saturday 26 April 2014) Post inc. finder chart.

April 25, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 25 April 2014) Early riser? Tomorrow morning, Venus and the crescent Moon will provide a dazzling photo opportunity as they rise over the ocean. Moon rise is 2:48 am AEST for the Gold Coast so it would be an early morning but worth it. For observers not near the ocean, you could still […]

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Venus shines high in pre-dawn ANZAC Day 2014 and above ANZAC Cove, Turkey 1915

April 23, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 23 April 2014)  If you are attending this week’s ANZAC Day Dawn Service (Friday 25 April 2014), before the service starts you can take part in a little naked eye astronomy by looking up and to the East. Assuming you have clear skies, you will easily be able to observe dazzling Venus and a […]

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Moon, Saturn and Antares above the Eastern horizon tonight (with finder chart)

April 18, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 18 April 2014) Unfamiliar with the night sky but want to see a planet with your own eyes? Tonight is a great opportunity to use the Moon as a kind of celestial signpost to spot the planet Saturn. Just head outside at 8:30 pm AEST and look for the Moon above the […]

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