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in August

Milky Way arches overhead from South to North, Saturn is back in 2023, Scorpius and Sagittarius are ripe for observing and then there’s the rest of the amazing August night sky to catch up to.

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In February

Learn about Gastronomy in February, Bulls, Dogs, Beehives and a month packed with action as we have a comet visiting, the Moon making too much light and the centre of the Milky Way around the corner.

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In January

In January we have Dogs, Cats, we look at our Closest Neigbours and learn how to Gastronomy. This time of the year, looking north we are gazing towards the edge of the galaxy. Janus was the Roman deity that gave the name to January.

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In November

In November, the night is getting very short. The Sun is setting at 8pm and rises at 6am. The Galactic centre sets at sunset. Orion and the edge of the galaxy rise after sunset. The Magellanic Clouds are finally in a very good position to observe.

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Stardate South Island 2023

Stardate South Island was held 17-19 Feb 2023 at Staveley, near Christchurch. It was a fantastic weekend and you can read all about it here.

Venus – the forgotten planet

Venus doesn’t capture a lot of press time as it’s often overshadowed by the more hospitable Mars and the more photogenic planets of Saturn and Jupiter. It’s not all quiet around Venus, as JAXA has Akatsuki orbiting Earth’s twin and sending back some great images and building our understanding of Venus.