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Brian Carter: The November Night Sky

Sunday, 21 October 2007, 3:15 pm | Brian Carter

In the Summer months with warmer nights, looking at the stars and planets becomes a pleasure, instead of a cold ordeal. November is a fair month for viewing the planets. Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Saturn are visible all month. Mercury will not be seen as ... More >>

Brian Carter's The Night Sky

Friday, 20 July 2007, 2:32 pm | Brian Carter

August is a poor month for viewing the planets. Jupiter and Mars will be visible for all of August. Venus will be visible in the evening sky at the start and in the morning sky at the end of the month. Saturn will be visible in the evening sky for ... More >>

The May Night Sky

Thursday, 19 April 2007, 5:04 pm | Brian Carter

May 2 Full Moon at 22 09. 3 Mercury in Superior Conjunction (on far side of Sun ) at 16 00. 5 Antares very close to Moon just before Sunrise. 6 Jupiter 6°N of Moon at 00 00. 16 Moon at perigee (closest to the Earth) at 03:00. (Distance = 0.0024024 ... More >>

The April Night Sky

Tuesday, 20 March 2007, 12:55 am | Brian Carter

We are well past the time where the nights became longer than the days. The length of the nights will continue to increase until late June. April is a good month for viewing the planets. Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible for all of the ... More >>

The Night Sky

Friday, 19 January 2007, 1:48 pm | Brian Carter

February is a fairly good month for viewing the planets. Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars will be visible for all of the month. Only Mercury will be invisible during the month... Comet C/2006 P1 (McNaught) brightened and was visible from about the ... More >>

The January Night Sky

Tuesday, 19 December 2006, 12:09 am | Brian Carter

Towards the end of the month we will start to see the days getting shorter and, therefore, the nights for astronomy, longer. January is a fairly good month for viewing the planets. Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars will be visible for all of January. Only ... More >>

The December Night Sky

Monday, 20 November 2006, 12:33 am | Brian Carter

December is a fairly poor month for viewing the planets. Saturn will be visible for all of December. Jupiter and Mars will be visible for all but the first few days of the month. Venus will be visible for the last few days of the month. Mercury may ... More >>

The August Night Sky

Wednesday, 19 July 2006, 10:47 am | Brian Carter

For the Southern half of the country, the bright star Spica will be occulted by the Moon on the evening of August 28. The Northern limit of the occultation is to the South of Nelson and Masterton and to the North of Wellington. More >>

Winter Solstice on June 22

Wednesday, 14 June 2006, 3:53 pm | Brian Carter

The Winter Solstice is on June 22 at 00:26; this is when the Sun is at its most Northerly point in the sky. At the middle of the day on June 22, it reaches its lowest altitude, from the Northern horizon, for the year. More >>

The June Night Sky

Monday, 8 May 2006, 5:23 pm | Brian Carter

June is the month with the longest nights and shortest days. Planets June is a good month for observing the planets. All 5 major planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, are visible, although Mercury will not be visible for the first few days ... More >>

The May Night Sky

Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 5:28 pm | Brian Carter

May is a good month for observing the planets. All 5 major planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, are visible, although Mercury for only the first few days of the month. More >>

The April Night Sky

Friday, 17 March 2006, 4:20 pm | Brian Carter

We are well past the time where the nights became longer than the days. The length of the nights will continue to increase until late June. April is an excellent month for observing the planets. All 5 major planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and ... More >>

The Night Sky

Tuesday, 21 February 2006, 8:56 am | Brian Carter

We are moving into Autumn now with the Sun visible for half the day. This means that the nights for astronomy are rapidly getting longer. More >>

Brian Carter's February Night Sky

Thursday, 19 January 2006, 10:15 am | Brian Carter

February is a good month for viewing the planets. Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible for the whole of the month. Only Mercury will not be seen in February. More >>

Earth at Perihelion on January 5.

Tuesday, 20 December 2005, 10:51 am | Brian Carter

The Earth’s orbit around the Sun is not quite circular. This elliptical orbit means that in early January the Earth is closest to the Sun (perihelion) and in early July the Earth is furthest from the Sun (aphelion). More >>

Summer Solstice on December 22

Tuesday, 13 December 2005, 3:53 pm | Brian Carter

The Summer Solstice is at 07:35am on December 22. This is when the Sun is at its most Southerly point in the sky and therefore reaches its maximum altitude for the year at the middle of the day. More >>

Brian Carter's The Night Sky

Friday, 18 November 2005, 12:30 am | Brian Carter

December is the month of the shortest nights for looking at the stars, but gives more time for daytime activities. Planets - December is a good month for viewing the planets. Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible for the whole of the ... More >>

The November Night's Sky

Friday, 21 October 2005, 9:07 am | Brian Carter

In the Summer months with warmer nights, looking at the stars and planets becomes a pleasure, instead of a cold ordeal. Planets: November is a fairly good month for viewing the planets. Venus, Mars and Saturn will be visible for the whole of the ... More >>

Brian Carter: The Night Sky In November

Thursday, 20 October 2005, 3:53 pm | Brian Carter

In the Summer months with warmer nights, looking at the stars and planets becomes a pleasure, instead of a cold ordeal. More >>

 

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