Enjoy the night sky with us as each week we give you the latest on stargazing and news on space.
The Moon is Waning Gibbous this week, and was full on Sunday.
There are beautiful objects you can see in the night sky, some are circumpolar and some are seasonal.
From Wellington it is always a great time to learn the main asterisms (groupings of stars) that make the main constellations since our light pollution does allow us to observe only the brightest stars.
You can also observe craters on the Moon – here is a comprehensive map of it by Google Moon.
Milky Way’s centre is now rising around 7 PM. Omega Centauri is now well positioned for observing and so is the Jewel Box and of course our neigbouring galaxies, the Magellanic Clouds.
On average, the Moon rises or, if it’s already in the sky, sets about 50 minutes later than the previous day, every day.
New Moon: Monday 03 June at 10:02:06 AM
First Quarter: Monday 10 June at 005:59:30 PM
Full Moon: Monday 17 June at 08:30:20 PM
Last Quarter: Monday 27 May at 04:33:43 AM
Lunar Eclipse: 17 July 2019, 9:32:11 AM
Data compiled with Sky Safari Pro
Listen to Radio New Zealand’s Megan Welan and our own Haritina Mogoșanu talking about the Moon and space travel and how Easter is being calculated. The Moon and space travel are magical for Bucharest-born Hari Mogoșanu, who loves them so much she has an asteroid named after her. She explains why Easter is the only public holiday that revolves around a new moon and why some years it’s March 22, while and others it’s as late as April the 25th. Hari is pretty certain that the Moon will become the base for human space travel.
Simon Morris from Radio New Zealand talks to Geoffrey Batchen and to our Senior Science Communicator Haritina Mogoșanu. Art historian Geoffrey Batchen has curated Live from the Moon selecting from images that were transmitted to Earth from the Moon.
Our Stargazing 101 Course has now ended, thank you so much to everyone who participated it was fantastic to have you there!
Haritina just visited the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The Royal Observatory is the centre of navigation and time history. It was here that the main advances in navigation were made during the 1700s. There is a natural linkage between this rich history and New Zealand by way of James Cook’s voyages to New Zealand, where he tested the H4 chronometer as well as contributed to the comparison of the time method with the lunar method of finding longitude. Carter Observatory in many ways is like a small version of Greenwich, in that it was important for management of time and for shipping vessels. We share the same historical telescopes, the same prominent position in the capital city. Keep an eye on a new blog coming about my visit there.
At Space Place, we open our telescope for viewings every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday night if the weather is on our side. Alternatively, the planetarium live shows is a great place to see our current night skies. Let us know how it went, or if you have any questions by visiting our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Clear skies for the week ahead!
April 15-28 School Holiday Schedule
Open Daily from 10AM-5:30 PM
And 3 Late Nights
Tuesday: 4pm – 11pm
Friday: 4pm – 11pm
Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Last entry at 5pm and 10pm
Closed Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
School bookings available Monday-Friday during school hours.
Closed on Christmas day
During school holidays we are open 7 days
Child (4-16 years) $8
Under four years: free
Family (two adults and up to three children) $39
Bookings are essential for all schools and tour groups
Parking is available at Skyline car park, located on Upland Road (charges apply). There are limited parking spaces outside Space Place reserved especially for mobility permit holders.
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