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Searching for new “Earths”

July 26, 2016

Sydney City Skywatchers, August 2016: Dr Rob Wittenmyer and Australia’s lead in searching for exoplanets like Earth

June 2016 night sky guide podcast, transcript and sky chart

June 1, 2016

To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides an audio guide/podcast, transcript of that audio, and a sky map or chart each month. This month's guide is presented by Geoffrey Wyatt, Sydney Observatory's Education Program Producer.

Of Flies, Bees and Wasps

May 27, 2016

Les Dalrymple is a guide at Sydney Observatory and a keen observer. Below he discusses the history of an often overlooked constellation close to the Southern Cross. With its stars too far south to be seen by classical cultures, the constellation of Musca – the fly, (along with eleven other new southern constellations) were introduced by Dutch cartographer Petrus Plancius in his star-globe of 1598.