Tag: Southern hemisphere

Last chance to see Comet 2011 W3 (Lovejoy) in the morning sky before the Moon ruins the show

January 1, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Above: Finder chart for Monday 2 January 2012. Comet 2011 W3 (Lovejoy) is still continuing to impress Southern hemipshere observers with a tail of up to 33 degrees being reported and photographed from dark sky locations as of this morning Australian time (1 January 2012). The comet continues to fade as predicted but […]

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New Years Eve planetary treat above the Western horizon tonight

December 31, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Take a moment out from your travels to your New Years Eve celebrations to look above the Western horizon to view the planets Venus, Jupiter and (if you have patience and at least binoculars and a decent finder chart) Uranus and Neptune. If you have a telescope, you may want to point it […]

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Crescent Moon joins Venus in the evening twilight sky

December 26, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Look low above the Western horizon tomorrow as evening twilight ends (Tuesday 27 December 2011) to see Venus and a slim crescent Moon.

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Easy star gazing Christmas night

December 25, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

I have used the Apple Ipad Sky Safari Pro app to quickly produce a few introductory sky charts that can be used tonight (Christmas night) and the following few nights. If you have a clear sky, you will be able to step outside and easily find the planets Venus and Jupiter plus the […]

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Comet 2011 W3 (Lovejoy): A Christmas comet … and beyond

December 23, 2011 | By | 13 Comments

Comet 2011 W3 (Lovejoy) continues to “Wow!” amateur astronomers who don’t mind getting up to look for the comet in the pre-dawn sky. This morning (23 December 2011 AEST time), the comet was reported as having a 16 degree tail – that is the same as 32 Full Moons lined up side by […]

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Where to look for Comet 2011 W3 (Lovejoy) Thursday morning

December 21, 2011 | By | 4 Comments

Reports and images are slowly coming in from observers in the few temporarily clear locations across Australia who have managed to glimpse the ‘Sun grazer’ Comet 2011 W3 (Lovejoy). Yesterday (Australian time), Vello Tabu failed to see the comet visually but photographed the comet’s five degree tail pointing up from the horizon. The […]

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Where to look for Comet 2011 W3 (Lovejoy) Wednesday morning

December 20, 2011 | By | 21 Comments

I have prepared finder charts for tomorrow morning (Wednesday 21 December 2011)  in the hope that the sky will be clear. My observing location (Canberra, Australia) continues to be clouded out thanks to a front sending moisture down from the tropics. Information on Comet 2011 W3 (Lovejoy) can be found here on Wikipedia. I used the […]

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Partial Solar Eclipse visible from Tasmania this Friday

November 22, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

A partial solar eclipse will be observable this Friday from the southern tip of Tasmania using safe solar viewing techniques between approximately 6.32pm and 7.06pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (25 November 2011). Maximum eclipse is at 6.49 pm. The safest way of observing the eclipse would be to use some form of […]

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Early riser? First Quarter Moon joins Mars and Saturn in the morning sky

November 18, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Use the below finder chart to help you locate the planet Mars and Saturn tomorrow morning as morning twilight begins. Note that both planets will look like stars to the unaided eye.

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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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