Category: Astronomy blog

August 2015 night sky guide and sky chart

August 1, 2015

To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides a guide and a sky map or chart each month. This month's guide is presented by Melissa Hulbert, Sydney Observatory Astronomy Programs Coordinator.

Dancing Curtains of Light

March 22, 2015

From the 13-17 March I was in Tromso, before heading further north for the eclipse. The 14th was the first chance of a clear night and friends and I joined an aurora chase out of Tromso into darker, hopefully clear skies.

Totality on Ice

March 21, 2015

Today dawned cold (-24 degrees), bright and clear and we headed off early on snowmobiles to a remote area away from Longyearbyen. High on the mountain at Fjordnibba, overlooking Tempelfjorden was the perfect place to observe the eclipse from.

Seeking Totality

March 20, 2015

I’m currently sitting in a well heated room, snow and ice along the window, overlooking an icy fjord. Where am I? I’m at latitude 78 degrees north on the island of Svalbard where the temperature outside is now a balmy -15 degrees.

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: 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 Sydney Observatory.

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: First successful spacecraft rendezvous

December 16, 2014

The first successful rendezvous in space, of the Gemini 6A and Gemini 7 spacecraft, was in December 1965. This marked the beginning of many space rendezvous and demonstrated the potential for two spacecraft to dock in orbit.  The two craft were not equipped for docking but came within 1 foot (or approx.

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.

24 Oct 2014 Daily cosmobite : Partial solar eclipse

October 23, 2014

A partial solar eclipse occurs on the morning of Friday October 24, 2014 AEDT. It is only visible from far eastern Russia, Canada, USA and Mexico but you can view it via live streams from Griffith Observatory, LA and SLOOH. Both streams begin at 8am AEDT. Click on the heading for links.

Daily Cosmobite: I see a supermoon setting and rising

September 8, 2014

The third so-called supermoon for 2014 is about to happen.  Supermoon is when Moon is at perigee to Earth. An eight year old explained perigee to me the other day. He said this is when the Moon is close to the Earth because of the slight oval path it takes around our planet.