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Milky-Way.kiwi is New Zealand’s champion source of astronomy news, space exploration and stargazing celebrating space for Kiwis. #yeswespace

We take a Kiwi perspective on the world news, look for “what’s in it for New Zealand” and use our knowledge and expertise to bring space closer to the public here in the country with the most beautiful night sky in the world (when is not raining).

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We live on planet earth


2-400,000,000,000

stars in our galaxy

Earth

is the only planet where we know life exists

6

major mass extinctions happened before where most species were exterminated

why bother with space?

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There has never been a better time to look at the stars and wonder.

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What’s in the night sky?


What’s in the night sky in October 2019

Get your observing on! Here comes October and what are we going to look at? New Zealand switched to summer time, that is we put our clocks forward one hour. We are seriously starting to think now about solar astronomy. As the fishhook of Maui sinks towards the western horizon, and with it the galactic centre, there are still many wonderful objects to see in the night sky. The Magellanic Clouds are still there and especially the Small Magellanic Cloud is good to observe after sunset. Grus, the Crane – famous constellation with double doubles is getting close to the Zenith this month, the Sun is in Virgo until November the 1st and Pisces lay on the horizon at sunset. Mercury, Venus and the Moon all get up close and personal just after sunset on 30 October. Mercury and Venus will be just under three degrees apart and the waxing crescent Moon will be just 8 degrees away from the pair of planets. Through a telescope you’ll see the three different phases of the different celestial bodies, with the Moon being just a slither, Mercury being 35% illuminated and Venus, nearly full at 94%. To achieve this configuration Venus is on the other side of the Sun to Earth’s position, with Mercury almost half way between. Observable comets are also in the Southern Sky, 289P/Blanpain and C/2018 W2 Africano at the Aquarius end of Pisces.

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