SKY WATCH: There's a lot going on in the sky at the moment, so if you are at a loose end over the next few nights head out for some stargazing, writes Ian Griffin.
With daylight increasing as we head towards the summer solstice in December, the familiar winter star patterns are disappearing into sunset's vivid glow, writes Ian Griffin.
SKY WATCH: There's a celestial treat in store for Oamaruvians on Saturday night - but be quick, writes Ian Griffin.
We live in an age in which tools are available that enable us to ''see'' some truly remarkable celestial vistas which would otherwise be invisible, writes Ian Griffin.
The moon was full yesterday, so for the next few nights, bright moonlight will wash out all but the brightest stars for most of the night.
SKY WATCH: If it's clear tonight, make a point to head out and catch a glimpse of Venus, which is outstandingly bright, writes Ian Griffin.
''Oh my goodness, it's so spooky, and it's moving. It's all over the sky and the colours, just wow, WOW!''
SKY WATCH: One of the joys of living in Portobello is watching the sun set behind hills on the other side of Otago Harbour, writes Ian Griffin.
A few weeks back I was allocated time to observe Mars, using one of the telescopes at the University of Canterbury's Mt John Observatory.
SKY WATCH: The middle weeks of August provide some of Ian Griffin's favourite commutes of the year.
Ever since becoming interested in astronomy, I have always enjoyed taking pictures of the night sky. You might think that astrophotography would be an enormously complicated hobby, but actually it...
It's late on Monday afternoon and I've just woken up after one of the most memorable nights of skywatching in my half-century on this planet.
SKY WATCH: Saturday's eclipse of the moon should be a stunning sight even to the naked eye, writes Ian Griffin.
Stargazers across Otago get to enjoy a celestial treat this week. For the first time in quite a while, it's possible to see all of the naked-eye planets and the moon simultaneously.
The nights are very long this time of year, making them a real drawcard for amateur and professional stargazers alike.
There is a surfeit of planets on parade in the evening sky at the moment, Ian Griffin writes.
There has been a run of clear nights in Dunedin recently, and with the sun setting a few minutes after 5pm this week, you don't have to stay out very late to enjoy some fine views of the night sky.
SKY WATCH: Over the past week, material from a large hole in the sun's outer atmosphere has been streaming earthwards at high speed, creating relatively dim, but enjoyable, displays of the Aurora Australis across Otago.
SKY WATCH: This week, Ian Griffin woud like you to join him on a whistle-stop tour of the northern sky.
SKY WATCH: It's a truth universally acknowledged that a stargazer in possession of a long-range airliner must be in want of an aurora.