News - Astronomy

Nobel Prize in Physics

Nobel Prize in Physics Announced

October 4, 2017

On October 3, the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to physicists Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish for their direct detection of gravitational...Read More

Asteroid Approaching

Approaching Asteroid

September 28, 2017

This October 12, an approaching asteroid, delightfully named 2012 TC4, will safely pass by Earth. Earlier this year NASA announced that this would be used as a test of their planetary defence...Read More

Total solar eclipse

Everything on the Eclipse

July 31, 2017

It will be one of the most photographed and talked about celestial events of the year, so what is it and how can we be a part of it from New Zealand? Let’s talk everything on the eclipse. On...Read More

Bruce Springsteen asteroid

Out in the Night – Asteroid Springsteen

February 20, 2017

Bruce Springsteen is a rock star for the ages. His hits, too numerous to list, define the genre. This month Springsteen lands in Auckland to play to thousands at Mt Smart Stadium. Meanwhile,...Read More

Stardome blog

Top 10 Astronomical Events of 2016

December 8, 2016

Every year incredible observations, discoveries and unexpected surprises occur in the world of science and astronomy. Here’s a list of some of our favourites! 10. Supermoon, supermoon and...Read More

Asteroid day image

Asteroid Day

June 27, 2016

Thursday 30th of June marks Asteroid Day, a relatively new annual global awareness movement that encourages people to come together to learn about asteroids and the potential impact effect on our...Read More

Image of Mars

Mars Moves Into Opposition

April 27, 2016

In May, look up at the night sky and wave “hello” to Mars. The “Red Planet” will be at opposition on 22 May, bringing it to within 75.3 million km of Earth, the closest it has been since...Read More

Earth image

Pale Blue Dot Day

April 24, 2016

Each year, on April 22 we celebrate Earth Day, a special day to honour the best planet in the entire universe! It’s also a day to appreciate our small and fragile oasis in space. From over...Read More

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Why Do We Have Leap Years?

February 25, 2016

Every four years we have an extra day added at the end of February and this is all because of our orbit around the Sun and the Gregorian calendar. The Gregorian calendar replaced the Julian...Read More