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, 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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Clear skies for the week ahead,
Tuesday: 4pm – 11pm
Friday: 4pm – 11pm
Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 5:30pm
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Closed Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
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Closed on Christmas day
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Under four years: free
Family (two adults and up to three children) $39
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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.