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Solar System Grand Tour Anniversary

April 11, 2019

LOOKING BACK 40 YEARS David Britten March 5th marked 40 years since the Voyager 1 flyby of Jupiter in 1979. This was a landmark accomplishment in space exploration. The sister craft Voyager 2...Read More

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Reaching Beyond the Edge of our Solar System

March 11, 2019

In the early hours of January 1st 2019, as people all around the world were celebrating the new year, a small spacecraft named New Horizons was making history at the edge of our Solar System. It...Read More

Beatrice Tinsley

Kiwi Women in Science – How Are We Doing?

February 8, 2019

Astronomy Educator, John Rowe, reflects on the past, the present and the future of New Zealand women making their mark in science.  Although many New Zealand women have made significant...Read More

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Astronomy and Harry Potter

November 22, 2018

Stardome educator, David Britten, explores some of the not so known facts about a very well known series.  Since my recent education resource about the names of stars was posted on our website,...Read More

Mysterious Moons and Latest Discoveries Jupiter Blog Post

Mysterious Moons & Latest Discoveries

October 12, 2018

Over millenia the Moon has been the focus of countless songs, poems, stories - romantic, scary, and everything in between. This bright silvery orb has fired the human imagination since the very...Read More

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Pluto Dwarfs Tombaugh

September 18, 2018

Are you familiar with the names Giuseppe Piazzi, Heinrich Olbers* and Karl Harding? These eminent astronomers discovered the four largest celestial bodies immediately beyond Mars between 1801 and...Read More

Mars Dust Storm Blog Post

A Monster on Mars

August 1, 2018

Although the Mars opposition and closest approach were in late July, the planet still looks spectacular and will remain brighter than Jupiter for all of August. To the eye, a brilliant orange...Read More

Mars at Opposition Mad About Mars Science Fiction Movie Night

What’s happening with Mars?

July 10, 2018

This month, Mars will come the closest to Earth it will be for the next 17 years, making it bigger and brighter than usual. Both Earth and Mars follow elliptical (oval-shaped) orbits around the...Read More

Gravitational Waves

Explaining the (Almost) Unexplainable

June 29, 2018

Stardome educator, David Britten, breaks down how science educators can help explain the (almost!) unexplainable.  The subject of black holes has a fascination that attracts children and adults...Read More