News - Astronomy

Mars is ready for its close-up in 2020!

October 2, 2020

Mars Opposition 2020 In the skies above us, the planets orbit at different rates. Sometimes those orbits align to give us a close-up view of something special and over the next couple of months...Read More

The Sun is Exploding!

April 29, 2020

Or so went the theories of an enthusiastic band of pre-schoolers as reported by their teacher.   Were they correct? Well, yes! And no. The Sun is indeed exploding - in fact it is...Read More

String of UFOs over New Zealand?

February 28, 2020

Recently there have been many sightings, here in Aotearoa and around the world, of strange lights in the sky... Are they UFOs or something more easily explained?   These sightings have been...Read More

Then and Now: Observing the Universe

February 3, 2020

Since Galileo first gazed up at the night sky in 1610, astronomers have been observing and recording what they saw. Galileo’s drawings of our Moon, the planets, and stars were some of the first...Read More

Ghostly Apparitions at Midnight and More

October 24, 2019

Halloween’s approach and passing marks the time of year when a ghostly figure is best visible in our evening sky. Early morning viewers may have been enjoying many hours of possible sightings...Read More

Artemis, Apollo’s Twin Sister

September 11, 2019

We choose to go back to the Moon Along with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, NASA has announced plans to go back to the Moon – and this time it's to stay. The name of this...Read More

Apollo 11: 50 Years

July 11, 2019

Celebrating a defining moment in history On July 20 1969, the world waited with bated breath (600 million tuning in; a total of 1/5th of the population at the time) as Neil Armstrong descended...Read More