2012 starts with a Time Ball drop

December 30, 2011

Andrew Jacob
A Time Ball drop? Is that some kind of Rocky Horror dance move you might ask? No, it’s actually an important part of Sydney’s history. When Sydney was young international communication and trade was done by ship.

Happy New Year for 2012

December 28, 2011

Andrew Jacob
For over 150 years Sydney Observatory has marked the passage of time in Sydney with a daily time ball drop at 1300 hours. On New Year’s Eve the historic time ball will mark the midnight hour and welcome in the New Year.

Eros is coming!

December 21, 2011

Nick Lomb
A mosaic image of 433 Eros made by the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on 29 February 2000 while circling the asteroid. The asteroid is roughly a cylinder in shape with a length of 34 km and a diameter of 11 km.

Book review: The Great Melbourne Telescope by Richard Gillespie

December 20, 2011

Nick Lomb
The cover of the Great Melbourne Telescope by Richard Gillespie. Courtesy of the Museum of Victoria RRP 29.95 Published by Museum Victoria ISBN 978-1-921833-05-2 Paperback, colour and black & white illustrations, 192pp In November 1868 the ship The Empress of the Seas arrived in Melbourne carrying the disassembled parts of what was to be the largest steerable telescope in the world, the Great Melbourne Telescope.

10-11 December 2011 lunar eclipse from Bondi

December 14, 2011

Daphne Gonzalvez has kindly shared her astronomical photographs before. Here is her story about viewing the total lunar eclipse from Bondi on Saturday night / Sunday Morning 10/11 December 2011. Lunar eclipse 10/11 December 2011 The night looked promising.

Kate stargazes from Namibia

November 30, 2011

Geoff Wyatt
After a sweltering day under the southern African sun, the stars would come out to shimmer and shine in the sky. The sight was something to behold and I was fortunate enough to witness this over eight weeks as the resident astronomer at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia, from December 2010 to February 2011.