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.
Time's running out for stargazers to see Mars and Matariki, writes Ian Griffin.
Time's arrow rarely allows us to revisit the past and reflect on our heritage in light of experience. However, thanks to a chance cosmic resonance between planets, that's precisely what's going to happen this year.
Sunday night's a great chance to view the moon and planets Mars and Uranus, weather permitting, writes Ian Griffin.
It's nearly the summer solstice and there's a plethora of exciting events going on in the sky, writes Ian Griffin.
If sky gods are reading this column, I'm hoping they will look kindly upon Otago stargazers and give us cloud-free nights next weekend, writes Ian Griffin.
This week there's a rare opportunity for stargazers across our region to view Neptune, the outermost planet, when it appears close to Mars in the evening sky.
The moon is full on Friday night and should be a magnificent sight, Ian Griffin writes.
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.