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Starfinder Telescope stolen
posted Sun 10th April 2005 at 21:11 by stuart
AstronomyJust a quick post to mention that my Meade Starfinder Telescope was stolen from our garage sometime from mid-2004 onwards. I haven't used it much in the past couple of years so didn't notice it missing until recently. If anyone spots it in their travels around Perth I would be curious to find out what happened to it. It seems odd as it isn't really worth anything, and was the only thing taken from a room full of stuff...

International Space Station visible
posted Tue 05th April 2005 at 18:54 by stuart
AstronomyThere are a couple of good evening passes of the International Space Station this week. One in about 20 minutes :) and another on Thursday night. Check out Heavens Above for Perth sightings.

Russian space junk causes light show
posted Mon 04th April 2005 at 22:57 by stuart
AstronomyAn interesting article in the news lately about a large, bright object in the night sky seen from the south coast of WA, up through Kalgoorlie and to Alice Springs last Friday night. The ABC website has a good article including an audio sample with some eyewitness reports. It turns out this object was a Russian SL-12 rocket booster.

Two Comets on the way
posted Mon 01st March 2004 at 11:25 by stuart
AstronomyA pair of comets may be set to put on a good show for local observers in 2004.

The first is Comet C/2001 Q4 (NEAT) currently around magnitude 8.0 in the southern constellation of Tucana. By May the predicted magnitude could be around 2.0 which may see it being observed with the naked eye in the constellation Canis Major.

The second is Comet C/2002 T7 (LINEAR). This comet will stay close to the sun for the next month or so, but will emerge in the evening sky in early May. Only time will tell how bright (or not!) these two comets will become.

Partial Eclipse Clouded Out
posted Mon 24th November 2003 at 13:47 by stuart
AstronomyReports are that this mornings Partial Solar Eclipse in Perth was clouded out with some unseasonal November weather. This was a good thing for me as I had the day off work and ended up sleeping in :)

Aurora Activity Overnight
posted Fri 21st November 2003 at 16:15 by stuart
AstronomyI've been hearing reports of some very intense local Aurora activity last night. A coronal mass ejection that hit Earth's magnetic field on Nov. 20th was hurled into space on Nov. 18th by sunspot 484 - one of the three big sunspots that caused so much intense space weather last month. The trio (484, 486 and 488) are back on the Earth-facing side of the sun this week, so strong solar activity is possible in the days ahead.

older articles
Partial Solar Eclipse Nov 24th - Thu 20th November 2003
Leonids 2003 - Thu 20th November 2003

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