Want to know more about Space? Check out these helpful resources.
Not that long ago on a Moon far away, an article by David Britten discusses the moment that changed the course of history forever. Originally published in the 2019 New Zealand Astronomical Yearbook.
Find out when you can see the International Space Station and other satellites passing over your town.
The smaller the number in the Mag (magnitude) column, the brighter the satellite will appear. Times and brightness are predictions, thus may vary. Click the home button on the prediction page for access to maps for your location and lots more options. Courtesy of www.heavens-above.com
Visit the Auckland Astronomical Society
Lunar Apogee/Perigee Dates – Accurate lunar apogee/perigee dates and distances
Eclipse – NASA – for lunar and solar eclipses
Time and Date – For times of sun rise/set, moon rise/set, Easter, solstices, equinoxes, lunar phases, tides, daylight saving time changes, plus lots more. Can be set for any place.
Space Weather – For up to the minute information about solar-related activity
We can investigate for you if you provide as much detail as possible. Let us know the date and time you viewed the object, the direction you were looking, how bright the object was in the sky, and which direction the object was travelling towards if moving. Any pictures or video footage that you have will also help immensely. We invite you to e-mail us on [email protected] so that we can arrange for an appropriate person to contact you.
Eclipses occur during a precise alignment of the Earth, Moon, and Sun, which can happen several times in a calendar year. To find out when an eclipse is visible for a particular location, NASA has an online calculator that you can use: For Solar Eclipses, visit here: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/JSEX/JSEX-index.html. For Lunar Eclipses, visit here: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/JLEX/JLEX-index.html
Matariki rises and sets at different times of night depending on the time of year. So, it is visible for most of the year, except when the Earth’s yearly cycle causes Matariki to be obscured by the Sun.
Although living organisms on planets other than our own have yet to be discovered, that’s not to say they aren’t out there. New planets and other objects are being discovered all the time, so in our view this is entirely possible.
Yes, there is huge amount of evidence that shows the NASA astronauts did truly walk on the Moon. If the Moon missions were faked, the Russians would easily have been able to call their bluff! From the Moon rocks that were brought back, the experiments that were left behind and have been used since, and images of the equipment that was left behind (taken by recent high-res cameras), credible scientists all over the world agree that the astronauts did indeed land there.
Yes! We are happy to help you figure out really tricky questions you need for homework, but be warned we will not give you the answers! E-mail us on [email protected] with your question so that we can arrange for an appropriate person to contact you.