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The November Night Sky

Friday, 20 October 2006, 11:02 am | Carter Observatory

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

Spring Equinox

Monday, 18 September 2006, 10:10 am | Carter Observatory

The Southern Hemisphere Spring Equinox occurs on September 23 at 04:03 pm. Technically this is one of the two points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator intersects the ecliptic, but simply, it is when the Sun returns from the Northern ... More >>

Earth at Aphelion on July 4

Tuesday, 27 June 2006, 5:43 pm | Carter Observatory

On July 4 at 11am, the Earth is at its furthest point from the Sun (aphelion), on it’s year-long slightly elliptical orbit around the Sun. More >>

Teachers Look Up

Friday, 5 May 2006, 2:22 pm | Carter Observatory

Astronomy is becoming sexy in schools. There is a growing interest in astronomy in classrooms throughout New Zealand. More >>

Carter Observatory - Off-site Teachers Take Off

Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 12:37 am | Carter Observatory

Six classes in secondary schools throughout New Zealand (over 180 students) are being taught on the internet by specialist astronomy teachers. This was made possible this year by a Class Access scheme established by Carter Observatory, the National Observatory ... More >>

Astronomy Online for All Ages

Friday, 24 March 2006, 1:06 pm | Carter Observatory

New Zealand’s National Observatory, the Carter Observatory’s distance learning unit operates through astronomy online courses over the whole country and increasingly covers all age groups. More >>

Eclipse to be Broadcast at Carter Observatory

Wednesday, 22 March 2006, 2:33 pm | Carter Observatory

On March 29 there will be a Total Solar Eclipse visible from parts of South America, parts of Africa, Egypt, Turkey and parts of Russia. More >>

NZQA Success: Space Exploration Has Taken Off

Friday, 10 March 2006, 9:27 am | Carter Observatory

Six months after it was launched, the NCEA course Space Exploration has turned out to be more popular than the other secondary school courses in astronomy. More >>

March 9 2006 - Autumnal Equinox

Thursday, 9 March 2006, 5:17 pm | Carter Observatory

Brian Carter, Senior Astronomer at the Carter Observatory says, “this is when the Sun moves from the Southern Hemisphere into the Northern Hemisphere”. More >>

Something’s happening at Carter Observatory

Tuesday, 7 February 2006, 4:05 pm | Carter Observatory

Saturn is now visible for public viewing and we are starting the season off with special lectures and viewing. More >>

Primary Students Can Learn Astronomy Online

Wednesday, 25 January 2006, 6:04 pm | Carter Observatory

A course specifically for New Zealand students has been developed by New Zealand’s National Observatory. More >>

Students in 2006 will Gain Credits on the net

Wednesday, 18 January 2006, 5:34 pm | Carter Observatory

Today, many students work on the internet to do courses over-and-above those provided by their schools. They seek to increase their NCEA credits by doing astronomy courses provided by New Zealand’s National Observatory, the Carter Observatory. More >>

The January Night Sky

Friday, 16 December 2005, 2:54 pm | Carter Observatory

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. More >>

The December Night Sky

Friday, 18 November 2005, 12:25 am | Carter Observatory

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

Brian Carter's The Night Sky

Friday, 23 September 2005, 5:20 pm | Carter Observatory

With the days getting longer, Summer should be on its way, but as usual we expect relapses. Planets: October is a fairly good month for viewing the planets. Venus, Mars and Saturn will be visible for the whole of the month. Jupiter will only be ... More >>

Primary School Astronomy Gets Liftoff

Thursday, 1 September 2005, 9:11 am | Carter Observatory

A new course “Astronomy for Little Stars” has been made available to primary school students on the Internet. More >>

Venus and Jupiter in the Evening Sky

Thursday, 25 August 2005, 4:42 pm | Carter Observatory

If you look in the Western evening sky around 7pm, you will see the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter. At the moment, Venus, the brighter (by far) is lower and to the left of Jupiter. Over the next few days they will move closer in the sky ... More >>

New Secondary School Science Curriculum A Success

Friday, 29 July 2005, 11:28 am | Carter Observatory

Last year the curriculum for secondary schools was developed to provide students with opportunities to gain credits by studying astronomy. More >>

Earth at Aphelion on July 5

Wednesday, 29 June 2005, 10:16 am | Carter Observatory

On July 5 at 5pm, the Earth is at its furthest point from the Sun (aphelion), on it’s year-long slightly elliptical orbit around the Sun. More >>

Winter Solstice, longest night and shortest day

Wednesday, 15 June 2005, 11:50 am | Carter Observatory

The Winter Solstice is on June 21 at 18:46 (6:46pm); this is when the Sun is at its most Northerly point in the sky. At the middle of the day on June 21, it reaches its lowest altitude, from the Northern horizon, for the year. More >>