Category: Sky information

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.

See all five naked eye planets in January & February 2016

January 20, 2016

From late January through February 2016 all five naked eye planets will be visible at once in the pre-dawn sky. This planetary arrangement occurs on average every 12 years. What can I see and when? To see these five planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter - look to the east between about 5:15am and 5:30am any time from Saturday January 23 to the end of February.

Daily Cosmobite: Secrets of the Dark

January 2, 2015

Today's Cosmobite is by Sam Knox, an astronomy guide at MAAS - Sydney Observatory. Almost directly above Sydney at 9 pm tonight is an area of the sky that is particularly dark. So dark that to see anything, you need to stare at one spot in the sky with a very powerful telescope for over 11 days before you can see anything clearly.

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/Churyumov–Gerasimenko by the incredibly nimble lander Philae and from Rosetta, Philae’s orbital companion.

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 Mythology.

Mars is coming …. in 2018!

August 26, 2013

A map of Mars centred on the giant volcano Olympus Mons. Taken from Microsoft World Wide Telescope, credit NASA/USGS/MalinSpace Science Systems/JPL. An email, often based on a PowerPoint presentation, has been circulating for the last nine years or so and tells people that Mars is approaching in August and will be seen as big as the full Moon.

Planet Dance 26 to 31 May 2013

May 21, 2013

The changing aspect of the planets Jupiter, Venus and Mercury close to the north-west horizon from 26 to 31 May 2013 as seen from Sydney at 5:45 pm each evening. Animated GIF compiled by Nick Lomb using Stellarium At the end of May the two brightest planets Venus and Jupiter are approaching each other in the evening sky and are joined by the elusive planet Mercury.