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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

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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

Planets line up

The Planets Line Up

January 18, 2016

Late this month, and into February, if you get up early in the morning you’ll see five planets and the Moon line up in the sky. While the planets are in a line, this isn’t a planetary...Read More

Liquid water found on Mars

Liquid Water Found on Mars

September 29, 2015

This morning we woke to an exciting announcement from NASA – liquid water flows on Mars. Dark streaks seen on images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have been analysed and the...Read More

Catch a conjunction

Catch A Conjunction

June 24, 2015

In late June and early July, if the night skies are clear we will be treated to a view of Venus and Jupiter “dancing” in the sky towards conjunction, and the best thing is, it should be pretty...Read More

The Pluto Problem

The Pluto Problem

June 24, 2015

Pluto has certainly had its share of media attention in the past, and the spotlight is set to shine in its direction again as NASA’s New Horizon probe nears the dwarf planet. Discovered in...Read More

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