If you've ever wanted to capture a picture of the nearly full moon rising, Thursday's the day, writes Ian Griffin.
In an attempt to lose weight, rather than eating lunch, I have recently been walking from the museum to the Botanic Garden. I use the beautiful horizontal sundial in the Knot Garden as turn-back...
If the sky is clear tonight, it'll be well worth heading out just after sunset to enjoy the splendid sight of a 99%-illuminated moon clearing the northeastern horizon, Ian Griffin writes.
How often is it you can see a planet disappear behind the moon? This year, if you live in New Zealand, the answer is twice.
Anyone lucky enough to be located on the ocean side of Otago Peninsula on Monday will get marvellous views of our closest celestial neighbour, the moon, rising over the ocean.
With the clocks going forward an hour at 2am this Sunday, the time of sunset in Dunedin changes from 6.41pm on Saturday to 7.42pm the next night.
At 7.50pm on Monday the centre of the sun crosses the celestial equator heading south. This is the exact moment of the southern hemisphere spring equinox, which means that all over the world the...
Understanding the science behind auroras is almost as fascinating as watching a display, writes Ian Griffin.
Over the past week, beautifully clear skies across Southern New Zealand have made for some great stargazing.
A passion for observing all things astronomical has led Ian Griffin to develop a veritable transit obsession.
There's a partial eclipse of the moon going on, right now, and, if the sky is clear, you have an excellent chance of spotting the beginning of the darkest part of the eclipse.
If my calculations are correct and my assumptions about the time the average ODT reader rises from their slumber on any given Wednesday are accurate, I'd like to ask you to consider doing me a...
With Jupiter dominating the night, it's easy to forget that another gas giant planet, the beautiful Saturn, is also on view.
It's been a frustrating few weeks for sky-watchers. In Portobello there has been a seemingly endless run of cloudy nights, which has put paid to any stargazing, writes Ian Griffin.