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.
Finding a gegenschein has become the astronomical equivalent of seeing a fairy tern, 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.
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.