Enjoy the night sky each week, as we give you the latest on stargazing.
How to Spot Matariki
Of course none of the planets make light of their own, what we see are the features of each planet illuminated by the light from the Sun that gets reflected by our Solar System companions.
If you wish to attend a detailed presentation about the night sky, come every first Tuesday of the month to Astronomy on Tap. During these evenings we extend our live sky presentation and go deeper into space. This is a great opportunity to share thoughts and findings with other people interested in space over a refreshments and nibbles.
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.
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 2:30 PM but it will be visible a couple of hours later. Omega Centauri is now well positioned for observing and so is the Jewel Box and of course our neighbouring 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: Thursday 01 August at 03:11:55 PM
First Quarter: Thursday 08 August at 05:31:09 AM
Full Moon: Wednesday 17 July at 09:39:22 AM
Last Quarter: Thursday 25 July at 01:18:11 PM
Lunar Eclipse: 17 July 2019, 9:32:11 AM
Data compiled with Sky Safari Pro
We have now constant astronomy and space courses coming up, details are in our What’s On section.
Next course is Telescope 101.
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, or Instagram.
We observe Matariki from 25 June to 3rd of July, during Tangaroa phase of the Moon.
Clear skies for the week ahead!
Open 3 Late nights & weekends
Tuesday: 4pm – 11pm*
Friday: 4pm – 11pm*
Saturday: 10am – 11pm*
Sunday: 10am – 5:30pm*
*Last entry is 10pm and 5pm
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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40 Salamanca Rd, Kelburn, Wellington 6012 located at the top of the Cable Car, just a short stroll from the terminus.