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Catch the Stars at Carter Nights

Friday, 1 April 2011, 5:32 pm | Carter Observatory

As Autumn approaches and the nights draw in we’ll be making the most of the extra hours of darkness by offering additional telescope viewings on Tuesday nights. Carter Observatory will be open at the normal time of 10am on Tuesdays but will stay open ... More >>

Carter Observatory ready for lift off

Thursday, 18 March 2010, 5:29 pm | Carter Observatory

New Zealand’s place for space is ready for lift-off next weekend with a brand new full-dome digital theatre that will take visitors further into space than ever before. More >>

Brian Carter: The January Night Sky

Wednesday, 19 December 2007, 10:23 am | Carter Observatory

The Carter Observatory wishes you all a wonderful holiday over the Christmas break and hope that 2008 is good to you all. More >>

Earth at Perihelion on January 3

Wednesday, 19 December 2007, 10:14 am | Carter Observatory

The Earth is at perihelion (closest to the Sun) at 13:00 (1 pm) on January 3. More >>

Mata Ora – Pathway of the Living

Thursday, 13 December 2007, 10:40 am | Carter Observatory

Wellington's Carter Observatory will this week mark the height of the “voyaging season” -- when the constellations that guided ancient navigators in waka hourua (double hull ocean going canoes) are in the night sky -- with a free concert under ... More >>

Summer Solstice on December 22

Thursday, 13 December 2007, 10:39 am | Carter Observatory

The Summer Solstice is at 19:08 (7:08pm) 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: The December Night Sky

Tuesday, 20 November 2007, 9:36 am | Carter Observatory

December is the month of the shortest nights for looking at the stars, but gives more time for daytime activities. More >>

Spring Equinox

Friday, 14 September 2007, 12:50 am | Carter Observatory

The Southern Hemisphere Spring Equinox occurs on September 23 at 09:51 pm. Technically this is one of the two points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator intersects the ecliptic, but put simply, it is when the Sun returns from the Northern ... More >>

Blue Moon in July

Friday, 29 June 2007, 2:27 pm | Carter Observatory

July is a Blue Moon month as it has two Full Moons, the first on July 1 at 01 49 am and the second on July 30 at 12 48 pm . This phenomenon occurs in New Zealand in July but because of the various time zones, it happened in May and June in other ... More >>

Earth at Aphelion on July 7

Wednesday, 27 June 2007, 9:58 am | Carter Observatory

On July 7 at 12 noon, the Earth is at its furthest point from the Sun (aphelion), on it’s year-long slightly elliptical orbit around the Sun. More >>

Carter Observatory: The July Night Sky

Wednesday, 20 June 2007, 12:22 am | Carter Observatory

Brian Carter The July Night Sky We have passed the longest night for this year and therefore the days will start to lengthen, but this will not be noticeable until towards the end of July. More >>

Winter Solstice Arriving Soon

Monday, 11 June 2007, 12:13 am | Carter Observatory

The Winter Solstice is on June 22 at 06:06; 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. It also means that the Sun rises at its ... More >>

The June Night Sky

Friday, 18 May 2007, 2:27 pm | Carter Observatory

June is an excellent month for viewing the planets. Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible for all of the month. Mercury will be visible for all but the very end of the month. More >>

Refurbishment of Carter Observatory

Wednesday, 2 May 2007, 12:53 am | Carter Observatory

Carter Observatory will be closing its doors to the public from May 3 for several months, while it is given a major refurbishment. The refurbishment is in two parts, the renovation of the building and the making of new displays. More >>

The Brightest Comet for Many Years

Monday, 15 January 2007, 2:47 pm | Carter Observatory

Astronomers from New Zealand and around the world are reporting that Comet McNaught is now visible in broad daylight. Currently the comet is very close to the Sun, so it is tricky to find. It is now moving away from the Sun and will be easy to spot ... More >>

Brightest Comet for Many Years

Friday, 12 January 2007, 2:26 pm | Carter Observatory

Comet 2006 P1 (McNaught) has brightened rapidly and should be easily visible in New Zealand’s skies in the next few days. More >>

Observatory Gets Support for its Redevelopment

Tuesday, 19 December 2006, 10:00 am | Carter Observatory

The board of the Carter National Observatory is delighted that the funding package to refurbish the existing Carter Observatory buildings in the Botanical Gardens has been approved. The arrangements include the provision of funds from both the Ministry ... More >>

Summer Solstice on December 22

Wednesday, 13 December 2006, 1:30 pm | Carter Observatory

The Summer Solstice is at 13:22 (1:22pm) 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 >>

The Transit of Mercury on November 9

Friday, 3 November 2006, 3:48 pm | Carter Observatory

The whole of the transit of Mercury on November 9 will be visible from New Zealand. Its duration is slightly under 5 hours, starting at ~08 12 and finishing at ~13 10. A transit is when a planet, in this case Mercury (and occasionally Venus) passes ... More >>

Transit of Mercury on November 9

Friday, 3 November 2006, 1:19 pm | Carter Observatory

The whole of the transit of Mercury on November 9 will be visible from New Zealand. Its duration is slightly under 5 hours, starting at ~08 12 and finishing at ~13 10. A transit is when a planet, in this case Mercury (and occasionally Venus) passes ... More >>

   

 
 
 
 
 

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