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The Great Conjunction 2020: The closest in 400 years

8 Dec 2020

Do you remember what you were doing 20 years ago? That’s how long it’s been since Jupiter... Read more

Landing on an asteroid

9 Nov 2020

Why has a team from NASA just spent more than two years looking for the ideal parking spot on an... Read more

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

Busy month for Mars missions

September 1, 2020

Did you know Mars has a busy season? In July three new Mars missions, from different countries, launched from Earth in just 11 days. The United Arab Emirates launched its Mars Hope mission on 19...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

Volcanism in the Solar System

January 15, 2020

New Zealanders were recently reminded why our country is known as ‘the land of fire and ice’ after the Whakaari/White Island eruption which tragically took the lives of many who were visiting...Read More