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Harry draws a chameleon-like crater Bürg

November 21, 2006

Crater Bürg drawn by Harry Roberts Expert Moon observer and member of the Sydney City Skywatchers, Harry Roberts reports: In an earlier piece we visited the “Lake of Death” at the eastern end of Mare Frigoris, with its centrally placed crater Bürg.

Nick goes observing at Linden

November 20, 2006

Reverend Bob Evans with his telescope at Linden Observatory - picture Nick Lomb Last weekend Nick together with a Sydney Observatory colleague and with the president of Sydney City Skywatchers had a rare opportunity to get away from Sydney's bright sky at Linden Observatory in the Blue Mountains.

Transit of Mercury from Japan

November 16, 2006

Transit of Mercury imaged by Ray Jones from Japan Last week's transit of Mercury was almost totally clouded out from Sydney. Elsewhere though people were busy taking images of the event. Above we show, with permission, one of the photos from veteran observer and member of the Northern Sydney Astronomical Society, Ray Jones.

Explosion on the Sun

November 14, 2006

Flare on the Sun imaged by Monty Leventhal There is one giant spot on the Sun, which is now near the middle of the Sun. On Sunday expert Sun observer and member of the Sydney City Skywatchers Monty Leventhal saw a brief explosion associated with it.

The Leonids a dud from Australia

November 12, 2006

Famous drawing of the Leonid Meteor Storm of 1833 Over the last few days there have been reports of an expected outburst of activity from this year's Leonid Meteor Shower. People have been advised to watch for a flurry of faint meteors on Saturday and Sunday mornings (18 & 19 November 2006).

Transit of Mercury at Sydney Observatory 2

November 10, 2006

Large sunspot on Sun imaged by Monty Leventhal Unfortunately yesterday morning the clouds stayed in place and allowed only a few very brief glimpses of the event. Some visitors did see Mercury during those gaps in the clouds while other saw part of the live webcast from Japan that was shown at the Observatory's frontdesk.

Transit of Mercury at Sydney Observatory 1

November 9, 2006

Breakfast food at Sydney Observatory About 100 people enjoyed breakfast at Sydney Observatory this morning in celebration of the last transit of Mercury to be seen from Australia for 26 years. The tasty breakfast included fruit, croissants and yellow custard tarts with blueberries representing Mercury.

Mercury to cross in front of the Sun

November 7, 2006

The path of Mercury across the face of the Sun The planet Mercury will appear to pass in front of the disc of the Sun on the morning of Thursday 9 November 2006. New Zealanders and Australians on the east coast of the continent will be able to see this rare event from 6:12 am until 11:10 am Eastern summer time.

November Night Sky Guide and Podcast

November 1, 2006

This month, Sydney Observatory senior astronomy educator Geoff Wyatt tells us that highlights to look out for in November include the Transit of Mercury on 9 November and the ability to see the planets Uranus and Venus.

Monty observes a prominence

October 31, 2006

An active prominence on the eastern edge of the Sun. Image by Monty Leventhal Active solar observer and member of the Sydney City Skywatchers , Monty Leventhal, reports viewing gases rising off the edge of the Sun.

Les observes the Tarantula

October 30, 2006

The Tarantula Nebula imaged from the centre of Sydney_Sydney Observatory image The Tarantula Nebula is a huge cloud of gas and dust in the Large Magellanic cloud (LMC), a companion galaxy to our own galaxy.

Go “walking on the Moon” and see Bailley

October 23, 2006

Crater Bailly as drawn by Harry Roberts Here is the latest report from Harry Roberts, moon observer extraordinaire and member of the Sydney City Skywatchers: Harold Hill, the great lunar draftsman, says of Bailly “There is so much sketchable detail within this formation that it is well nigh impossible to cover Bailly in its entirety on a good night.” Bailly is hard to view since it lies on the western limb at latitude 66ºS, quite close to the lunar south pole, and Libration has a huge effect on how much of it we can view.

Great new picture of Saturn’s rings

October 17, 2006

Saturn's rings backlit by the Sun. Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute This is the magnificent new picture of Saturn's rings that I discussed last night with James O'Loghlin on ABC702's Evening show.

Fireball over Lindfield

October 14, 2006

Ee-Loong reports: At around 7.30pm 12 October 2006, i witnessed a bright fire ball in the night sky. It lasted for about a second travelling from north to south in the Lindfield area. The object lit up and got brighter and fizzled out leaving a tail behind which disappeared not long after.

Good opportunity to see Mercury

October 12, 2006

Mercury, Jupiter and the moon at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 24 October 2006 from Australia Andrew asks: "I noticed Mercury in the night sky last night for the first time in 9 years, and it had been about 11 years prior since I saw it previously.