It's late on Monday afternoon and I've just woken up after one of the most memorable nights of skywatching in my half-century on this planet.
SKY WATCH: Saturday's eclipse of the moon should be a stunning sight even to the naked eye, writes Ian Griffin.
Stargazers across Otago get to enjoy a celestial treat this week. For the first time in quite a while, it's possible to see all of the naked-eye planets and the moon simultaneously.
The nights are very long this time of year, making them a real drawcard for amateur and professional stargazers alike.
There is a surfeit of planets on parade in the evening sky at the moment, Ian Griffin writes.
There has been a run of clear nights in Dunedin recently, and with the sun setting a few minutes after 5pm this week, you don't have to stay out very late to enjoy some fine views of the night sky.
SKY WATCH: Over the past week, material from a large hole in the sun's outer atmosphere has been streaming earthwards at high speed, creating relatively dim, but enjoyable, displays of the Aurora Australis across Otago.
SKY WATCH: This week, Ian Griffin woud like you to join him on a whistle-stop tour of the northern sky.
SKY WATCH: It's a truth universally acknowledged that a stargazer in possession of a long-range airliner must be in want of an aurora.
Ian Griffin is preparing for the second ''Flight to the Lights''.
SKY WATCH: How good is your sight when it comes to seeing stars? Ian Griffin has a challenge for you.
SKY WATCH: This week, head out to bid farewell to Matariki (also known as the Pleiades), which will be swept up in the bright sunset as the sun moves north.
On February 1, the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Fehi combined with a king tide to create havoc across New Zealand.
This week, I'd like to encourage you to get up early to a plethora of planets on display in the morning sky. With sunrise about 6.45am here in Dunedin, the best time to head out is around 5am, when...
Sky Watch: The total lunar eclipse, weather permitting, will be a beautiful sight, Ian Griffin writes.
At 3.18pm this afternoon, the moon is new. This means that for the next few days there will be little or no moonlight to interfere with stargazing.
I hope that at least least some readers got to enjoy the close conjunction between Mars and Jupiter early last Sunday.
SKY WATCH: The new year starts with a bang for stargazers in this part of the world, writes Dr Ian Griffin.
To the ancient Greeks and Romans, who lived in the northern hemisphere, the ''dog days'' of summer were so called because they occurred around the time when Sirius of the greater dog constellation appeared o rise just before the sun.
SKY WATCH: This week, Ian Griffin looks at the Magellanic Clouds.