It has 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.
The next few weeks are perfect if you want to get the best views of Jupiter.
For Ian Griffin, one of the joys of stargazing is observing the earth's rotation via the constantly changing positions of the stars.
Sunday's great for capturing a rising full moon, writes Ian Griffin.
The moon is new next Sunday morning, so the next few nights will be a splendid time to spend enjoying the beauty of our late-autumn night sky.
What are your plans for the early hours of Friday morning?
When I drew the curtains in my Portobello home last Saturday morning, I knew it was going to be one of those special Dunedin days, writes Ian Griffin.
The moon is new on Friday just before 10pm which means that we're entering prime time for stargazing.
Ian Griffin's a huge fan of young and old moons.
Tomorrow's a busy day for matters astronomical since in addition to the equinox there's also a full moon, writes Ian Griffin.
A brightly shining Jupiter is worth getting up early for, writes Ian Griffin.
A new moon means the next few nights are the perfect time to enjoy some splendid sights.
For the first part of this year, Sky Watch columnist Ian Griffin will be spending four nights per month at the University of Canterbury's Mount John Observatory above Lake Tekapo.
The sight of Jupiter, Venus, the crescent moon and Saturn will be worth getting up early for, writes Ian Griffin.
Something truly awe-inspiring will be visible to early-rising stargazers across our region next week, writes Ian Griffin.
Early-rising stargazers across Otago will be rewarded by the sight of a beautiful gathering before dawn on Thursday.
With the summer solstice now in the past, every day will be shorter and each night will be longer as our planet continues its annual journey around the sun.
Early-rising stargazers next week have a chance to see a beautiful sight when the moon and Venus will appear close in the sky, writes Ian Griffin.
The moon reaches last quarter tomorrow morning. This means that the hours before and just after midnight should be just about perfect for some late-spring stargazing.
The BepiColombo space probe will hopefully reveal much about the first planet in our solar system, Mercury, writes Ian Griffin.