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Sydney radio astronomer honoured

November 28, 2006

Nick Lomb
Chrys & Bernie Mills with Martin George & the Grote Reber Medal, photo Nick Lomb Yesterday afternoon at Sydney University Emeritus Professor Bernard Yarnton Mills was presented with the Grote Reber Medal for 2006.

Astronomical remnants in Parramatta Park

November 23, 2006

Nick Lomb
Piers in Parramatta Park, photo Nick Lomb On the way back from Linden Observatory last weekend (see post Monday 20 November) Nick visited the site of Parramatta Observatory in Parramatta Park. This was set up by Governor Sir Thomas Brisbane in 1821 to study the then little known southern stars.

Monty sees a disappearing spot

November 22, 2006

Nick Lomb
Large sunspot in region 923 about to rotate round the western limb. Photographed by Monty Leventhal Expert solar observer and member of the Sydney City Skywatchers Monty Leventhal photographed a large sunspot just before it rotated out of view behind the western edge of the Sun.

Harry draws a chameleon-like crater Bürg

November 21, 2006

Nick Lomb
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

Nick Lomb
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

Nick Lomb
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

Nick Lomb
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

Nick Lomb
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

Nick Lomb
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

Nick Lomb
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

Nick Lomb
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

Nick Lomb
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

Nick Lomb
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.