Tag: Southern hemisphere
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 […]
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 […]
Look low above the Western horizon tomorrow as evening twilight ends (Tuesday 27 December 2011) to see Venus and a slim crescent Moon.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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. […]