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Pluto Dwarfs Tombaugh

September 18, 2018

Are you familiar with the names Giuseppe Piazzi, Heinrich Olbers* and Karl Harding? These eminent astronomers discovered the four largest celestial bodies immediately beyond Mars between 1801 and...Read More

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A Monster on Mars

August 1, 2018

Although the Mars opposition and closest approach were in late July, the planet still looks spectacular and will remain brighter than Jupiter for all of August. To the eye, a brilliant orange...Read More

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Mars Moves Into Opposition – 2016

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

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Why Do We Have Leap Years?

February 25, 2016

Every four years we have an extra day added at the end of February and this is all because of our orbit around the Sun and the Gregorian calendar. The Gregorian calendar replaced the Julian...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

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

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