Since 2016, I have been lucky enough to have been on aircraft flying beneath Earth's southern auroral zone seven times. Five of those trips were as a guest onboard Nasa’s Sofia Observatory, while...
This week there is a celestial coming together involving Mars and Jupiter before dawn. Astronomers call a close approach between two or more astronomical objects an appulse.
Did you know you can see a place where stars are being born? Although telescopes give the best views, if you know where to look, you can observe it quite easily with your naked eye, says Ian Griffin.
This weekend, Otago stargazers can enjoy a rather magnificent event that will be over in less time than it takes you to blink.
The next few nights offer excellent opportunities to discover the charms of the waxing lunar crescent.
Otago stargazers are in for a celestial treat on Friday morning, so it’s well worth getting up early, writes Ian Griffin.
The moon is full next Sunday evening (February 9). It will be located in the constellation of Leo, the Lion.
This week, Ian Griffin would like to encourage you to set yourself an unusual task. He wants you to find a tarantula.
Since moving to New Zealand, I have always tried to sneak in something astronomical on my birthday, writes Ian Griffin.
Many people get given a pair of binoculars or a telescope as a Christmas gift. After the excitement of looking at the moon, it can sometimes be hard to figure out what to look at next.
At 5.19pm on Sunday, December 22, the sun reaches the southernmost point in its apparent annual journey around the sky.
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.