Astrofest 2018

Astrofest 2018

The date for Astrofest 2018 has been announced. 5.30pm to 9.30pm, Saturday 24 March 2018 at Curtin Stadium and Edinburgh Oval, Kent Street, Bentley. Astrofest is a free family event and has been very popular with Western Australians since the first one in 2009. Every...

My 6 Best Objects to Look at Through a Telescope

Telescopes are wonderful! They let you peer into the vast unknown and see stars, planets, nebula and galaxies far, far away. Out in space, there are some beautiful things to see. The Moon is great because it’s our closest neighbour and it’s big and bright. Nebulae are...
Venus, Taurus and the Moon

Venus, Taurus and the Moon

It was early in the morning, just before dawn on Winter Solstice when I took this image. What a beautiful view of Venus appearing next to the waning crescent Moon. Venus is still dazzling on the eastern horizon before dawn this July. There are some great opportunities...
The Bull and the Moon

The Bull and the Moon

What happens when the Moon clashes with a bull? You’ll find out on Saturday night! No telescopes are necessary to see this terrific view in the early evening sky. The Moon will hang as a crescent in the western sky right between the eyes of the constellation of...
Jupiter Returns

Jupiter Returns

Jupiter is known as the King of the Planets because it’s the largest planet we know of in our Solar System. And it is finally returning to the early evening sky. You don’t need a telescope to see the planet. It’s very bright and if you know what time and direction to...
Best Stargazing Places in WA

Best Stargazing Places in WA

When it comes to the best stargazing places in WA, we are very lucky indeed! We have some of the most pristine night skies in the world. Perth is still the most isolated capital city in the world which means you don’t have to travel far to find terrific...
Fireball Update

Fireball Update

In November 2016 I was lucky enough to hold a meteorite that I saw as a bright meteor (or fireball) that lit up the night sky north of Gingin in WA’s Wheatbelt on 31 October 2016. When I saw the fireball I reported my sighting, using the Fireballs in the Sky app, to...