Eta Carinae imaged on 25 April 2009, courtesy Frank Loveridge At the May 2009 meeting of the Sydney City Skywatchers, a new member, Frank, showed this magnificent image of the Eta Carinae Nebula.
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Watching the transit of the International Space Station across the Sun in the South Dome of Sydney Observatory 15 May 2009 at 2:42 pm, image Toner Stevenson Yesterday I receved an email alert from CalSky with the exciting news that, as seen from Sydney, the International Space Station will cross across the Sun today (15 May 2009) at 2:42:39 pm.
A labelled version of the PFSS diagram for 10 April 2009 Sun-watching is exciting right now, partly because solar activity is deep in minimum, and theories about its behaviour can be tested: the active sun compared to the quiet sun.
The full Moon rising over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, courtesy Clive Cowham Back in 2006 I was asked if it is possible to see the full Moon rise under the Harbour Bridge from McMahons Point as it was rumoured to be "one of the best Sydney experiences".
A Second Palomar Observatory Sky Survey image in red light of the galaxy IC 2539 in Antlia, courtesy Space Telescope Science Institute Last night (28 March 2009) I was observing the small faint nearly edge-on galaxy IC 2539 in Antlia at about 9.30pm local time (10.30 UT) on 28032009 at Bargo NSW.
The International Space Station and Jupiter imaged by Peter Ward on the evening of 9 September 2008 The latest Shuttle mission has boosted the number of solar wings on the International Space Station.
New sunspot group, drawing by Harry Roberts We are currently in solar minimum, the deepest minimum since 1911 (almost a century ago), and the arrival of any sunspot is cause for excitement. Such a new group appeared on March 6 (UT).
Saturn imaged during the Titan transit. A hint of Titan's shadow is visible in the blow-up version of the image (below) at the left "nine o'clock" position. Image taken afocally (camera held to the eyepiece) through Sydney Observatory's 40-cm Meade telescope by Ross Mitchell.
Crater Wolf on the Moon, drawn by Harry Roberts Crater Wolf draws me often to the Sea of Clouds (M. Nubium) to view the unusual landform - a Valentine’s Day heart shape, with the pointy end of the heart missing – and to wonder how it got that way?
A colour image of the famous Ring Nebula in Lyra created by adding images taken in three different colours. This northern hemisphere object was imaged from Sydney Observatory in October 2002 remotely using a telescope at Etscorn Observatory in New Mexico.
A sketch of the crater Bailly by Harry Roberts, on display at Cork Castle, Ireland Harold Hill, the great lunar draftsman, says of Bailly “There is so much sketchable detail within this formation that it is well nigh impossible to cover Bailly in its entirety on a good night.” For this reason I was only able to record the southern half in 2004.
Finding chart for Comet Lulin in February 2009 at 10 pm each evening. Though calculated for Sydney the chart is suitable around Australia with adjustment to 9 pm for states without daylight saving. Drawn by Nick Lomb A relatively bright comet is approaching Earth and astronomers expect that it will be best visible in the week starting 21 February.
Sunspots on the disc of the Sun on the morning of 19 January 2009 Eastern summer time. Drawing by Harry Rogers Sun watchers grow tense when days of cloud interrupt regular views of our star – there’s a sense that big things may be happening, and you are missing out!
The spiral galaxy M33 the Triangulum Galaxy, imaged by Gerry Aarts I have long wanted to image this beautiful spiral galaxy. The opportunity finally arrived in November when I visited my daughter at her Mudgee property.
The globular cluster 47 Tucanae was one of the objects Les and his fellow amateur astronomers looked at observing from Bargo 28 - 29 December 2008, though they probably had a much better view. This is an image from the now decommissioned Sydney Observatory Robotic Telescope that used to be on the roof of the Powerhouse Museum.