Year: 2014

Daily cosmobite: when does the year start?

December 31, 2014

In England during the Middle Ages 25 December was taken as the start of the year. In the late 12th century the start of the year was shifted by nine months to 25 March. The official start of the year

Daily Cosmobite: A time ball to usher in 2015

December 30, 2014

Sydney Observatory's time ball has been in operation since 1858. It will drop at exactly midnight on New Year’s Eve to usher in the new year. If you are nearby look for the time ball on top of our t

Daily Cosmobite: Sydney Observatory Conservation Plan

December 29, 2014

The Sydney Observatory Conservation Plan (revised edition of 2002) has, for many years, been a guide for MAAS staff when considering both conservation and development plans for the Observatory site. I

Daily Cosmobite: astronomical heritage

December 28, 2014

Brenan Dew is  usually a guide at Sydney Observatory but he is currently overseas as a part the Macquarie Theban Tomb Project along with several of his colleagues from Macquarie University, excavatin

Daily Cosmobite: Kepler’s birthday

December 27, 2014

Today's Cosmobite is by Sam Knox, an astronomy guide at MAAS - Sydney Observatory. December 27th 1571 marked the birth of the mastermind behind the laws of planetary motion, Johannes Kepler. His thre

Daily Cosmobite: winter solstice at Deir el Bahari

December 26, 2014

This special Boxing Day 2014 Cosmobite is prepared by Brenan Dew, Sydney Observatory guide, archaeologist and cultural astronomy researcher. Hello! My name is Brenan and I am usually a guide at Sydne

Daily Cosmobite: Comets

December 22, 2014

Today's Cosmobite is by Sam Knox, an astronomy guide at MAAS - Sydney Observatory. Comets have been in the news a lot this month. We have seen incredible images taken from the surface of comet 67P/Ch

Daily cosmobite: the Great Nebula in Orion

December 21, 2014

The constellation called 'Orion' is currently prominent in the night sky from around 9pm in Eastern Australia. An area of the constellation is said to represent Orion's 'belt', also known by some Aust

Daily Cosmobite: Pleiades

December 10, 2014

The Pleiades or also known as the Seven Sisters is an open cluster system consisting of approximately 3000 stars. Pleiades has 9 bright stars, 7 named for the daughters and 2 for the parents in Greek

Daily Cosmobite : Sirius

December 9, 2014

The brightest star in the night sky award belongs to Sirius.  It rises around 8:40pm  and is part of the constellation Canis Major rising in the southeast in the night sky.  With an apparent magnit