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Astronomy is one of the oldest natural sciences and deals with the study of celestial objects (such as moons, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies); the physics, chemistry, mathematics, and evolution of such objects; and phenomena that originate outside the atmosphere of Earth (such as supernovae explosions, gamma ray bursts, and cosmic background radiation).


Geminid Meteor Shower
12/12/2015Sky at Night
The Geminid Meteor Shower (Geminids) are usually the strongest meteor shower of the year and meteor enthusiasts are certain to circle December 13th and 14th on their calendars.
Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015
29/09/2015Photo Days Sky at Night
A supermoon total lunar eclipse took place between September 27 and 28, 2015. It was seen in the early hours of Monday morning, September 28.
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25 Stunning Sights Every Astronomer Should See
08/06/2015Observation Tips
Here is a collection of my top 25 wish list items to see in the sky at night ranging from Iridium flares to solar flares and distant galaxies.
First Moffat Astronomy Photos
21/02/2015My Observation Logs
It's been a while since I've been out under the stars, but tonight I took out my camera and photographed some of the stars and the moon from my own dark sky area for Moffat Astronomy.
Top 5 Space Exploration Breakthroughs of 2014
2014 has seen some incredible space exploration breakthroughs including discovery of hundreds of exoplanets and the successful landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover.
Sky Orientation through a Telescope
08/06/2014Observation Tips
Looking through an eyepiece, the sky will take on a different orientation depending on which telescope you use.
Legacy of the Chinese Astronomers
21/05/2014History of Astronomy
Three thousand years ago, two great civilisations existed, both of which made major contributions to the development of astronomy.
Blue Moon Calendar
18/05/2014Sky at Night
A blue moon is a rare event which occurs when there is a second full moon in a month. The phrase has nothing to do with the actual colour of the moon.
What is the Moon Illusion?
16/04/2014Atmospheric Optics
The Moon illusion makes the Moon appear much larger when it is closer to the horizon. Find out why the moon is larger when its near the horizon.
History of the Newtonian Reflector
06/04/2014Astronomy Basics
The Newtonian Reflector was invented by Sir Isaac Newton in 1672 and was the first to feature the revolutionary 45° mirror.