A couple of weeks back, I encouraged you to find a relatively bright comet, writes Ian Griffin.
David H. Levy knows a thing or two about comets. He has discovered or co-discovered more than a dozen of them during his comet-hunting career, writes Ian Griffin.
Today (Sunday) marks the end of the Puaka Matariki Festival. Celebrations have been taking place across Dunedin this week with a wonderful programme of events. Before European contact, Maori looked...
This week, as the sun sets in the northwestern sky, Jupiter rises in the southeast. You can't miss the biggest planet in the solar system. It looks like an incredibly bright yellow-white "star".
The Earth reached the high point of its orbit - our greatest distance from the sun this year - at the weekend. Astronomers call this moment aphelion, writes Ian Griffin.
If you do anything this week, get up early and enjoy the sight of Venus and Matariki in the pre-dawn sky, writes Ian Griffin.
As we head towards winter solstice on June 21, sunrise is steadily getting later each day, writes Ian Griffin in Skywatch
For the past few weeks, I have had enormous fun observing Jupiter, Saturn and Mars, all of which are high in the sky in the run-up to dawn. While getting out of bed at 4am can be a bit tiring, any...
The moon is full a week today, on Saturday, June 6, at 7.12am. At that moment, as seen from Otago, our closest celestial neighbour will be 100% illuminated and will be visible low in the western...
Did you know that you can see a rainbow on the moon?
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.