Author Archives: Aussie Starman

Total Lunar Eclipse – Brisbane

Clouds interfered with most of the eclipse for Brisbane and the planetarium and we did not have clear patches until two-thirds of the way through totality. There was plenty of lead-up media and we had been on standby for trying … Continue reading

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STARMUS 2014 – CANARY ISLANDS

Well, to those of you who heard about Starmus 2014 at IPS 2014 and wished to go, it was indeed an amazing astronomy/music festival. I decided at the last minute to attend on the VIP package (expensive) and did the … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day: Romance with the Stars Dinner

The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and the adjacent ‘Botanical – Café Functions Events’ are partners in a special ‘Valentine’s Day Romance with the Stars Dinner’ at 6:30pm on Friday, 14 February. Couples will arrive to a welcome drink and chocolates … Continue reading

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Queensland Premier Visits Brisbane Planetarium

This afternoon, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman enjoyed a relaxed holiday visit with one of his daughters to the upgraded Brisbane Planetarium and saw one of the fulldome shows. The Premier (left) is with Planetarium Curator Mark Rigby and the Zeiss … Continue reading

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Correction

Excuse my lapse in typing ‘Copernicus’ in the original posting about ‘A Bat Salutes First Full Moon With Chinese Lander’. I’ve corrected it on the blog – a case of the mind not in gear as I posted it. — … Continue reading

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A Bat Salutes First Full Moon With Chinese Lander

I just shot a handheld camera image of the Full Moon tonight – the first Full Moon with a Chinese spacecraft operating on it. A bat flew past in salute! A fraction of a second later and I would have … Continue reading

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Chang’e-3 Landing Site

I’ve marked the actual landing site for the Chinese Chang’e-3 lander and Yutu rover based on a handheld camera shot I took on Friday, 13 December, that best shows the original target location and the final landing site. I also … Continue reading

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A Night in the Museum

On my way to and from Gabon for the November 3rd total solar eclipse (successful), I went to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) several times, including their special night to launch the Hayden Planetarium’s latest show ‘Dark Universe’ … Continue reading

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Moon ready to receive Chinese lander

I took this handheld camera shot of the Moon last night from Brisbane. It was set at 50 times optical zoom on my Canon Powershot SX50 HS. The Chinese Chang’e-3 spacecraft makes its descent to the Bay of Rainbows tomorrow … Continue reading

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Sydney Observatory Planetarium

I’ve posted this from Sydney Observatory’s page on Facebook. — Mark Rigby “The Sydney Planetarium is now installed and ready for the school holidays. How many digital planetaria around the world have a marble fireplace? The sky is always clear, … Continue reading

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