A total lunar eclipse occurs tonight, October 8, 2014. It is best seen from 8:15pm AEDT to 11:35pm AEDT. During totality the Moon appears red, but the shade of red is impossible to predict. The reddened Moon during a total lunar eclipse.
The full Moon affects Earth only through its gravity and light. This might influence the time we go fishing or inspire us to write a pop song. However, there is no conclusive evidence that it affects crime rates, emergency ward admissions or lycanthropy.
Daylight Saving Time begins in NSW, Victoria, SA, Tasmania and the ACT tonight. Dont forget to put your clocks forward by one hour before going to bed. Official time for daylight saving is 2am Sunday 5 October.
Asteroid 4766 Malin, named after renowned Australian astrophotographer David Malin, has its closest approach to Earth today. However it is still 1.5 times further from us than is the Sun. The real David appears below at the opening of the 2014 Winning Sky Photos exhibition.
In post 1 and post 2 of this series I provided information about why Sydney Observatory is building a new dome, where the dome came from and how the building program is progressing. I have already introduced you to some of the people involved in the project and our major supporters of the project, NSW Department of Aging, Disability and Home Care and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.
In 1958 Harley Wood (on the right), NSW Government astronomer, traveled around NSW inspecting sites for telescopes. Here he is in Dubbo planning the next stage of the search. One of the sites he may have inspected became the Siding Spring Observatory.
The constellation Aquila, The Eagle, is high in the northern sky. In the northern hemisphere it is said to be flying south to escape the cold northern winter. Perhaps we should say it is flying south to escape the heat of our approaching summer.
Happy 50th birthday to Phil Plait, the "Bad Astronomer". Phil has been a voice of rationality and clear thinking for many years. In 2013 he presented his ironically titled talk "Death from the Skies", photo below © MAAS.
The CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science Radio Astronomy School for 2014 begins today near Narrabri. The next generation of radio astronomers will receive hands-on training to prepare them to make the most of the enormous SKA radio telescope and its precursor instruments. Beautiful sunrises are part of life at the Australia Telescope site.
This is the second in a series of blog posts about the building of a new dome on Sydney Observatory's heritage site. In my previous post I described why a new building was being constructed and who funded the project.
Mars is in conjunction with the star Antares on Sunday at 06:00am AEST. Watch Mars over the weekend as it approaches and passes close by Antares, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius. The two are linked in name also - Antares is translated as "like Mars" or "rival of Mars" although the former seems to be preferred these days.
The Danish astronomer Ole Roemer was born 370 years ago today. He is credited with being the first person to measure the speed of light using observations of Jupiter's moon Io.
Orionids meteor shower expected to peak on 21 October 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.
THE first interplanetary mission from India, the Mars Orbiter Mission (also called Mangalyaan) is due to enter Mars orbit today. Mars Orbiter Mission, launched from India on 5 November 2013.
TODAY is the Spring equinox in the southern hemisphere. At 12:29pm today the Sun will cross the celestial equator into the southern part of the sky. The days are now longer than the nights. The Sun in extreme UV light (false-coloured green) as seen by the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft.