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Planet Spotting… all you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask!

11 Jun 2020

Can I see planets without a telescope? The answer is yes! Have you ever gazed at the night sky... Read more

The Sun is Exploding!

29 Apr 2020

Or so went the theories of an enthusiastic band of pre-schoolers as reported by their... 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

Stardome blog

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

Eric Jackson in Memoriam

December 11, 2019

Last month Auckland lost a true champion of science for young people. In particular, Eric Jackson worked tirelessly for forty years in the development and promotion of daytime astronomy in...Read More

Mars 2020: Rovers Leading the Way for Humans

November 18, 2019

In July of 2020, NASA will place an unnamed rover (currently known as Mars 2020) on top an Atlas V rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This car sized rover will be blasted off Earth and shot...Read More

Ghostly Apparitions at Midnight and More

October 24, 2019

Halloween’s approach and passing marks the time of year when a ghostly figure is best visible in our evening sky. Early morning viewers may have been enjoying many hours of possible sightings...Read More