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See Uranus tonight using only binoculars!

November 22, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 22 November 2015) While the planet Uranus may be located far from the Earth in the outer solar system, its large size means it is bright enough to be found in binoculars if you know where to look. Tonight, the Earth’s Moon will be located close enough to Uranus so that you […]

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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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Two celestial events on the same night! Uranus at opposition and total lunar eclipse Wednesday 8 October 2014

October 1, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 1 October 2014) I love celestial coincidences. In fact the only thing better than having two celestial ‘events’ occurring on the same night is having the two events happening near each other. This is happening next Wednesday (8 October 2014) when both a total lunar eclipse will occur at the same time the […]

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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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Grab your binoculars and look for Uranus

September 24, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

On a serious note, if you haven’t seen Uranus and you have at least a pair of binoculars, now is the time to have a look at it. Uranus is close to a star called 44 Piscium making it easy to find if you have a bit of patience. The US Sky & Telescope magazine has further […]

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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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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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Use just binoculars to find the planet with the ‘rude’ name!

January 6, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

For as long as I have been presenting planetarium sessions, saying the name of one of the outer most planets ‘Uranus’ has never failed to illicit giggles from (generally) small boys in the audience. The giggles tend to get louder when you point out that the blue-green colour of Uranus is from methane […]

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This Weeks Predictable Sky and Space Events (23 – 29 May 2010)

May 22, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

These notes are intended to provide a casual skywatcher or someone already into amateur astronomy living in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast with a short summary of what is happening in the night sky this week. Most of the information and finder charts will also be useful for observers elsewhere […]

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See Jupiter and Uranus in the pre-dawn sky

May 3, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Early morning risers can look above the Eastern horizon in the pre-dawn sky and easily see the planet Jupiter. To the unaided eye, it looks like a brilliant white star. If you happen to have a pair of binoculars or a telescope, look at the position marked for a very pale green star. […]

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