News - Moon

Conjunction of Venus, Mars and the Moon

Conjunction of Venus, Mars and Moon

February 19, 2015

Just after sunset on February 21st and 22nd, our two closest neighbours– Venus and Mars – will pass close by each other near the western horizon. The two bright planets will be observable...Read More

Chang’e 5-T1 capsule

First Lunar Return Mission in Four Decades

November 4, 2014

News of a successful Chinese lunar return mission has been lost amidst the glare of private US space set-backs. Reports of the first Chinese return flight to the Moon have been overshadowed by the...Read More

Image of a Supermoon

Set your Alarm for the Next Supermoon

August 5, 2014

‘Supermoons’ have appeared in the media a few times this year. But what are they? And when will the next one occur? The term ‘supermoon’ is a relatively new one for astronomers. It is a...Read More

Lunar Eclipse

15 April Lunar Eclipse

April 15, 2014

Are you excited for the Lunar Eclipse tonight? If the clouds part tonight you’ll witness the Moon temporarily vanishing for the first of two lunar eclipses this year. You can also watch David...Read More

Very Special Solar Eclipse

Very Special Solar Eclipse

February 4, 2014

Coinciding with Chinese New Year, this New Moon was also associated with a special solar eclipse, but it wasn’t visible from Earth...Read More

Partial Eclipse of the Moon

April 20, 2013

This eclipse is impossible to see from NZ. The moon only just enters the penumbra when it is 10 degrees above the horizon, and this is timed just as the sun is nearly rising on the eastern horizon...Read More