Last week, I wrote about the distinct curve of stars forming the tail of a supernatural scorpion. This week, I’d like to encourage you to explore another prominent stellar arc.
A few weeks ago, I was sitting beside Hoopers Inlet, enjoying the tail end of what had been a rather beautiful auroral display, writes Ian Griffin.
Every encounter with the southern hemisphere’s autumnal equinox makes my heart beat with excitement, writes Ian Griffin.
As we approach the autumn equinox, the nights are lengthening. The sun is rising later each morning and setting earlier each evening. This makes astronomers very happy as there’s more time to...
Two decades ago, I had (what I then considered to be) my dream job.
A new moon occurred yesterday at 8.06am. The next few evenings are an excellent time to hunt its young waxing crescent.
This week is the perfect time to get up early and enjoy views of a beautiful crescent moon that is close to Saturn, Venus, and Jupiter, says Ian Griffin.
Continuing for the next couple of weeks, if you are out and about and the sky is clear, keep an eye out for fast-moving meteors, writes Ian Griffin.
While any clear night at Hoopers Inlet on Otago Peninsula is impressive, it really comes into its own on calm, moonless evenings, writes Ian Griffin.
Jupiter and Saturn will be so close to each other in the sky on Monday night that they will appear as a single star to the unaided eye.
November’s second full moon occurs at 10.30pm on Monday. Two full moons in the same calendar month is not something that happens very often, writes Ian Griffin.
The moon reached first quarter at 2.23am today. At sunset, it will be high in the northern sky. Our closest celestial neighbour’s 59% illuminated disc will be perfectly positioned for observation.
Astronomy compulsives sometimes get a tad upset when our day jobs mean we can’t stay up quite as late as we want, writes Ian Griffin.
This week Ian Griffin takes us on a tour of one of his favourite constellations.
In 1998, I was working at a science centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida. To a space nut like me, witnessing launches from the Kennedy Space Center was a real thrill.
As the sun rises on November 12, skywatchers across NZ will view a tiny black dot transiting the face of our nearest star.That's Mercury.
One of the hardest things to do when starting in astronomy is learning what is up in the sky.
Grab your binoculars to view a beautiful island universe on the next clear night.
Finding a gegenschein has become the astronomical equivalent of seeing a fairy tern, writes Ian Griffin.
It's an ideal time to head out after dark and explore the night sky.