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Mars is ready for its close-up in 2020!

2 Oct 2020

Mars Opposition 2020 In the skies above us, the planets orbit at different rates. Sometimes... Read more

Space missions: unmanned machines with awesome teams

1 Sep 2020

When space missions achieve significant milestones a glimpse inside the control room often shows... 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

2020 Foresight: Coming up This Year

January 7, 2020

2019 was an exhilarating year for space-related events (have a read of our top 10 events from the past 12 months here), and things are only looking up as we launch into 2020 for another excellent...Read More

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10 Astronomical Events From 2019

December 22, 2019

Selecting only ten events from the past year is always a hard task - space science and exploration is just so exciting and fast-paced that there is always something going on, or something about to...Read More