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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

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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

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

Saturn: King of Moons

October 15, 2019

Jupiter has recently been stripped of its title of having the most known moons at a count of 79, when astronomers discovered 20 new moons orbiting the planet Saturn. This brings Saturn’s known...Read More

Artemis, Apollo’s Twin Sister

September 11, 2019

We choose to go back to the Moon Along with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, NASA has announced plans to go back to the Moon – and this time it's to stay. The name of this...Read More

Apollo 11: 50 Years

July 11, 2019

Celebrating a defining moment in history On July 20 1969, the world waited with bated breath (600 million tuning in; a total of 1/5th of the population at the time) as Neil Armstrong descended...Read More