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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6:30pm, 2 FEBRUARY, 2015 Craig Anderson, Doctoral Candidate, The University of Sydney. A Sydney City Skywatchers event. All welcome. Non-members $5 supper contribution. Members $2. 'By unfair means: Wresting secrets from active galaxies using preposterously powerful radio telescopes and a little bit of voodoo'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the fifth blog in a series which documents building a new dome for Sydney Observatory which is especially designed for people with disabilities and their carers. This project is important to our visitors.