Here’s some hints on how to survive a Stardate without harming yourself or other astronomers.
In this article in the Beginner Series we look at the size of the universe and our place in it to give some context to the amazing sights available to the budding astronomer.
Kiwinauts to space is how we are going to try and inspire New Zealand to become a space faring nation and get a New Zealander into space – the first kiwinaut.
and what can we do about it?
Six questions that drive us nuts because we are asked these constantly. So here’s our different takes on the possible answers.
Pondering about the origins of Christmas and meanings that people give to events, while waiting for the New Year.
"That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. Carl Sagan
Being on “Mars” was a life-changing experience and put things in perspective for me. It made me question everything I knew about my life so far.
Another article in the series where Milky-Way.kiwi explores why we look up, what inspires us to observe and be interested in space. This time we consider how inspiring and amazing galaxies are.
It 1054 the night sky was dominated by a supernova that became the Crab Nebula. The event was recorded by Japanese, Chinese and Middle Eastern astronomers and the resulting Nebula become the first object in Charles Messier’s catalog.
You don’t need expensive equipment to do astrophotography. A smartphone and a telescope is all you need to get some great shots that will impress your friends and family.
Everyone knows about water on Mars, but very few people could brag like I can that they have discovered Hot Chocolate on Mars!
There’s been a lot of discussion about Oumuamua, with some suggesting it could be a stricken alien ship.
A description of how big the Solar System is with everyday items.
Donald Trump signed a directive to refocus US space policy on returning to the Moon then to Mars and beyond.
Imagine how many Kiwis would be inspired to study sciences if a New Zealander went to the ISS.
Sunsets are awesome and taking the time to appreciate a good sunset seems to evaporate the stresses of the day and transports you to the surreal space between night and day. It’s little wonder that […]
I asked Michael what he thought of his first total solar eclipse experience. I ran a planetarium for 35 years, so he put it in that perspective for me. “It was like a natural laser light show.” he began. “I barely looked through the telescope. You have to immerse yourself in everything around you; the dark sky and the 360° sunset. It made me feel truly small in this vast universe.”
They came. They came in cars, and trucks, and jeeps and RV’s, some pulling trailers and some pulling campers. They represented all ages from children to teens to adults to seniors. Across the flat plain they set up cities of nylon and aluminium and wood and plastic. Some contained aligned structures of optical glass to peer into the universe. They all arrived with dreams of seeing the most spectacular sight of nature; a total solar eclipse.
It is often said that you should just enjoy totality- it’s so short, just soak it in. I agree with that. I also agree with Gary that it’s great to bring back your own souvenir; your own image. And as educators we love those images so we can share it with our students. So my goal is to do both.