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.
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.
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...
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.