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Science Centre and Planetarium Wollongong’s Astronomy Discovery Night

At the end of May, The Science Centre and Planetarium held its Astronomy Discovery night. On the discovery nights, we open up outside of normal opening hours and run planetarium shows and live astronomy presentations, have telescopes set up, and … Continue reading

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ASTEN in Wollongong

Being a Science Centre with a planetarium is not unique in Australia. This is also the situation in Bendigo (Discovery), Perth (SciTech) and Melbourne (Scienceworks). In November Wollongong hosted the Australasian Science Centre and Technology Exhibitors Network -ASTEN- conference. And … 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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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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Stardome Upgrade October 2013 – Part Two

*Posted by warikl on behalf of the Stardome Observatory & Planetarium Replacing a full rack of servers is not a simple task; many of the servers provide a direct feed to the projectors (four to each projector) through fibre optic … Continue reading

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Stardome Upgrade October 2013 – Part One

*Posted by warikl on behalf of the Stardome Observatory & Planetarium The planetarium industry is constantly evolving; new technologies are being developed to take audiences on more wondrous journeys, and providing presenters with the tools to develop rich stories and … Continue reading

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Partial solar eclipse

Here’s a view of the Sun at mid-eclipse this morning (8:58 am) seen from Brisbane using a zoom lens at 250mm. Mark Rigby

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