What’s up in Space

Enjoy the night sky with us as each week we give you the latest on stargazing and news on space.

KNOW YOUR NIGHT SKY : THE WEEK'S NIGHT SKY

  • The Sun is in Pisces. It sets around 7:30pm and rises around 7:.0am.
  • The Moon is Wanning Gibbous. 
  • Mars sets two hours after sunset. Jupiter rises just after 11PM, followed by Saturn two hours later. Venus rises at 4:20 AM;
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    hese three are early riser’s planets as they are visible before sunrise.  
  • Milky Way‘s centre is rising with Jupiter by midnight, and the edge of our galaxy, towards the constellation Orion, dominates the evening’s night sky.

DEEP SKY STARGAZING

The Moon is Waning Gibbous this week, in the sky for the second part of the night. It will cast a lot of light so plan your observing sessions before it rises or just look at bright objects. 

Before moonrise you can see some beautiful objects there, in the night sky, some are circumpolar and some are seasonal.

  • Here‘s a quick overview of what you can see with the naked eye. 
  • A more in-depth look at the area between the Southern Cross and the Magellanic Clouds here.
  • Southern region to Orion is described here.
  • Binocular Objects between Southern Cross and the Diamond Cross here.

From Wellington it is always a great time to learn the main asterisms (groupings of stars) that make the main constellations, since you can only see the brightest objects. 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 before midnight.  Orion is on the western part of the sky in the evening. 47 Tucanae globular cluster is still going strong. You can also look at the Magellanic Clouds with the famous Tarantula Nebula or try and find the Sculptor Galaxy. 

THE MOON

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: Friday 05 April 

First Quarter: Saturday 13 April

Full Moon: Friday 19 April 

Last Quarter: Thursday 28 March

Lunar Eclipse: 17 July 2019, 9:32AM 

PODCASTS

LAST WORD FROM MILKY WAY KIWI

How to find Sculptor Galaxy NGC 253

Those who are coming to the Stargazing 101 Course in April, clear skies and I look forward to seeing you there. 

We hope to 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.  Make sure to let us know how it went by visiting me on Facebook, twitter or Instagram or by sending me an email haritinam@experiencewellington.org.nz

Clear skies for the week ahead,

Haritina,
@MilkyWayKiwi

OPENING HOURS

Tuesday:  4pm – 11pm
Friday: 4pm – 11pm
Saturday: 10am –  11pm
Sunday: 10am – 5:30pm

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

ADMISSION PRICES

Adult $12.50

Senior/student $10

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

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.

CONTACT US

HOW TO FIND US

40 Salamanca Rd, Kelburn, Wellington 6012 located at the top of the Cable Car, just a short stroll from the terminus.

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