OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
Enjoy the night sky each week, as we give you the latest on stargazing.
SEE WITH THE NAKED EYE
SEE WITH BINOCULARS AND TELESCOPE
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.
After dark adaption and under the very best observing conditions, the average limiting magnitude of the human eye is about magnitude 6.5.
Milky Way’s centre is now well beyond the horizon and you can see lovey Venus after sunset. The edge of our galaxy is towards the constellation Orion which is in the east at sunset.
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.
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.
Achernar and the two Magellanic Clouds are in a good position to observe in December.
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: Saturday January 25th 10:42:06AM
First Quarter: Sunday February 2nd 02:41:37PM
Full Moon: Sunday February 9th 08:32:16PM
Last Quarter: Sunday February 16th 11:17:19AM
Data compiled with Sky Safari Pro
Keep an eye out for our astronomy and space courses coming up, details are in our What’s On section.
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.
Clear skies for the week ahead!
13 December – 10 February
Monday 10am – 5:30pm
Tuesday 10am – 11pm
Wednesday 10am – 5:30pm
Thursday 10am – 5:30pm
Friday 10am – 11pm
Saturday 10am – 11pm
Sunday 10am – 5:30pm
Last entry is 10pm and 5pm
During the school term visitors are welcome;
Tuesday: 4pm – 11pm
Friday: 4pm – 11pm
Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 5:30pm
Last entry is 10pm and 5pm
(2020 School Term dates; Term 1, Monday 10 February – Friday 10 April, Term 2, Tuesday 28 April – Friday 3 July, Term 3, Monday 20 July – Friday 25 September, Term 4, Monday 12 October – Friday 18 December)
Our team of Space educators are exciting young minds and helping to build our future in space exploration. We teach early childhood up to year 13 students.
School bookings available Monday-Friday during school hours, 9am-2.30pm.
Gold Card Holder / NZ Student (NZ ID required): $12
Child (4-16 years): $9
Preschool Child (0-3 years): Free
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): $45
Friends of Museum Wellington: Free
Please note that children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
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.