Though July’s full moon is the closest, biggest and brightest of the year, it's not particularly super, writes Ian Griffin.
Watching the centre of the Milky Way ascend over Otago’s beautiful landscape is one of the most inspirational sights available to Kiwi sky watchers, writes Ian Griffin.
Anyone expecting to see a beautiful bright full moon clearing the southeastern horizon on Monday is in for a bit of a rare surprise.
For the past few weeks, four planets, all visible to the unaided eye, have been putting on a mesmerizing show for early rising stargazers. The daily change in their relative positions has been a...
The moon reaches last quarter tonight and will be new on May 1. With moonrise just before midnight, and roughly an hour later with each passing day, the early part of the night will be the best...
This week, Ian Griffin encourages stargazers to hunt for a remarkable object which has fascinated stargazers since it was first observed on April 29, 1826, by the astronomer James Dunlop.
The clocks go back one hour tomorrow at 3am. As a result, for those of us who commute at the same time each day, mornings suddenly get lighter and evenings darker as a result of the time change.
The southern hemisphere autumnal equinox occurs at 4.33am on Monday morning (March 21). At the equinox, the centre of our nearest star crosses the celestial equator.
A few weeks ago, I was visiting the University of Canterbury’s Mount John Observatory. I was there to use one of the larger telescopes to take pictures of distant galaxies.
When the sun sets on Monday night, the waxing crescent moon will stand some 15 degrees above the northwestern horizon, presenting a beautiful sight as the sky darkens.
Early rising stargazers are in for a real treat this week. If the weather gods co-operate and if you can find a spot with an unobstructed view towards the horizon, you will get to enjoy a gathering...
The moon reaches last quarter on Thursday morning. Earth’s natural satellite will be in the constellation Sagittarius, rising just after 1am. The hour or so before dawn is the best time to head out...
The constellation Leo's appearance low in the northern evening sky tells us that autumn isn't too far away.
Last weekend I visited the University of Canterbury’s Mt John Observatory. I had been granted time on one of the telescopes during the darkest nights of the month.
The moon reaches its last quarter phase on January 26. To see our closest celestial neighbour this week, you will therefore have to stay up well past midnight when it clears the horizon.
If things go well this week, the sky gods will reward stargazers with a brilliant celestial Christmas present; a naked eye comet!