In the early evening the star Mira, "the wonderful", is high in north in the constellation of Cetus the Whale. Mira's brightness varies over a cycle of about 11 months. At its brightest it is easily visible to the unaided eye while at its dimmest it is far too faint be seen even from a dark spot.
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A sketch of the lunar crater Moretus with marked features that are described in the text below. Sketch and copyright Harry Roberts ©, all rights reserved Moretus is a spectacular lunar crater - and one of the more ‘mysterious’.
At this time of the year we can see many bright stars in the evening sky. If we start from the east we find Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Procyon, the brightest star of the constellation Canis Minor the Little Dog is below and to the left or north.
The giant planet Jupiter is eleven times wider than the Earth and could fit 1300 earths inside it. Jupiter can be seen each evening after dusk low in the north-east sky. Tonight the planet is at opposition, that is, in a direction opposite to the Sun, and at its closest to Earth and at its brightest for the year.
Summer starts today in Australia. This convention is different to that in many other countries which would start their summer three weeks later on the date of the solstice. Starting at the beginning of the month suits the Australian climate for the hottest days tend to come in the middle of the three summer months.
On this day in 1954 in Sylacauga, Alabama, USA a 31-year old woman become the first known person to be hit by a meteorite. She was hit on the left arm and hip by a 4 kg rock that fell through her roof.
On this day in 1961 NASA launched the Mercury 5 spacecraft into orbit around the Earth. A chimpanzee named Enos was on board as a final test before a manned orbital mission. The chimp survived the acceleration into space, weightlessness and the landing despite his suit temperature reaching 38°C.
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, Senior Astronomy Educator at Sydney Observatory.
The famous photograph of the Earth from the vicinity of the Moon taken by the astronauts of Apollo 8 on 22 December 1968. Courtesy NASA Round the Moon by Jules Verne. Free ebook available in a variety of formats from Project Gutenberg I have recently read this book by Jules Verne and was struck by the number of uncanny similarities between this imaginary voyage that Verne describes as happening in the 1860s and the first lunar circling mission of Apollo 8 made a century later.
The giant planet Jupiter can now be seen each evening after dusk towards the north-east. Tonight the gibbous Moon is making its second close approach to Jupiter for the month when it is above and to the left or north of the planet.
The magnetic field on the Sun at the last solar minimum in 2008 and at the current solar maximum. Courtesy Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory Kathleen asked: Thanks for the page harry Reports !!
The French astronomer de Lacaille observed the southern stars from South Africa from 1751 to 1752. He introduced 14 new constellations that he named after the latest inventions of his day. In the early evening high in the south-east we can find a number of them including Fornax the Chemical Furnace.
Early risers are in for a treat tomorrow morning. The brightest planet Venus passes just over one moon-width from the ringed planet Saturn low in the east. Such close proximity should allow the two planets to be in the same field of view if observed with a pair of binoculars or with a small telescope and a low-power eyepiece.
Astronomers recognise 88 star groups or constellations. Some constellations go back to ancient times while other ones are more recent. The latest ones that astronomers accept are those introduced by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1754.
Edited and Posted by Kamal Jayakumar, Work Experience Student (Girraween High School) Port Douglas, North Queensland, Australia Wednesday, 14 November 2012 Earlier this year we told our friends in Sydney that we were going to Cairns to see the Solar Eclipse.