Category: Astronomy blog

The 2016 Australasian Sky Guide is available now.

November 30, 2015

This annual publication, written by former MAAS curator Dr Nick Lomb, has been providing stargazers with everything they need to know about the southern night sky for the past 26 years. The 2016 guide contains monthly astronomy maps, viewing tips and highlights, and details of the year’s exciting celestial events.

Unlocking Ancient Astronomical Knowledge

November 5, 2015

Brenan Dew is an astronomy guide at Sydney Observatory and is currently working on his PhD at Macquarie University. Below he discusses ancient astronomy and the Egyptians. In our modern society it is well known that the Earth is constantly spinning on its axis, completing one revolution in approximately 24 hours.

November 2015 night sky guide and sky chart

November 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’s Astronomy Programs Coordinator.

October 2015 night sky guide and sky chart

October 1, 2015

Orionids meteor shower expected to peak on 21 October To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides a written guide and a sky map or chart each month. This month's guide is presented by Dr Andrew Jacob (pictured, right), Curator of Astronomy at Sydney Observatory.

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.