Ian Griffin's capturing the daily motion of the sun using analogue photography.
When the moon is very low in the sky, atmospheric refraction distorts its shape and colour. Oceanic moonrises are certainly worthy of attention, writes Ian Griffin.
Usually, when working, my habit at lunchtime is to grab a sandwich from the fine selection at the museum cafe. If the weather is nice I wander outside to find a sunny spot in the reserve where I can spend a few minutes to relax and top up my tan, writes Ian Griffin.
You really cannot miss Venus after sunset at the moment. If the sky is clear, the planet is visible as an incredibly bright white "star" high in the western sky as darkness falls.
This week I’d like to invite you to get out of bed a couple of hours before sunrise to embark on a pre-dawn hunt for Uranus.
When the sun sets tonight, turn your back to it. As the sky darkens you will be greeted by the marvellous sight of Saturn, the waxing gibbous moon and Jupiter rising in the eastern sky. All three...
There really is a lot of planetary action going on in the sky after sunset at the moment. This week, if you have access to an unobstructed view to the west I’d like to set you a bit of a celestial...
There's a rather beautiful harmony between the orbits of Venus and Earth, writes Ian Griffin.
Saturn is directly opposite the sun just before 6pm on Monday (August 2). Astronomers call this the moment of planetary opposition. Saturn is at its brightest because it is at its closest point to...
One of the joys of living on Otago Peninsula is the excitement of my morning journey to work, writes Ian Griffin, and this time of year it coincides with sunrise.
If the sky is clear, and you are out and about after the sun sets this week, you really can’t miss Venus. The planet is putting on a stunning display in the northwestern sky. Look for a brilliant...
This week if the sky is clear, Ian Griffin invites you to wrap up warm and head out to take a look at the Eastern sky after 10pm.
The southern hemisphere winter solstice occurred on Monday at 3.32pm. I was excited about this year’s solstice since it marked the end of a photography project that began on October 1 last year,...
The sun reaches its northernmost point in its annual journey around the sky at 3.32pm on June 21. This marks the exact moment of the southern hemisphere winter solstice.
With little more than a week to go until the winter solstice, the nights are really drawing in, writes Ian Griffin.
Whatever your plans are for Wednesday night, drop them. One of the celestial highlights of 2021 is about to occur, and you don’t want to miss it, says Ian Griffin.
The past couple of months have been an extraordinary period for anyone interested in the planet Mars.
The early part of the night is really dark, making it prime time for stargazing.
What are you doing on May 14? If you are at a loose end, and the sky is clear, it may well be worthwhile heading out after dark because I think there’s an excellent chance an aurora will be visible...
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.