The European Space Agency launched the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter in 2016 and it is nearly in its target orbit around Mars and will soon begin is mission of looking for evidence of past life.
The Mars InSight lander is due to launch in a couple of months and this article briefly covers what this mission is all about.
This article looks at a few of the amazing objects in the universe and some of their attributes that make them truly mind boggling.
The Stardate in the South Island over the weekend was a fantastic opportunity to learn about some objects that we haven’t seen before.
We attended the Stardate South Island event last weekend and had a fantastic time. This article is about how we managed to fit a whole house into the boot of a Toyota Corolla.
When you get a new telescope there’s lots of numbers and things thrown around like focal lengths, focal ratios etc. This articles looks at what those things mean.
This short video shows how to find the galaxy, Centaurus A, which is also known as NGC 5128. This galaxy is very bright and should be easy to spot.
Here’s an article to help you see faint stuff in the night sky using a range of techniques such as averted vision, movement and looking out for subtle changes in background contrast.
Over the last couple of weeks Milky-Way.kiwi has made a few videos of how to find some interesting night sky objects. This article summarises them to build a whole evening of astronomy.
This short video shows how to find the fantastic globular cluster, NGC 2808. This glob is one of the most massive surrounding our galaxy.
This short video will help you find the Blue Planetary Nebula, NGC 3918, which is near the Southern Cross.
This short video will help you find NGC 3242, also known as the Ghost of Jupiter Nebula.
The game changer for space is if the cost to get there can be reduced by a magnitude or two. This article looks at non-rocket powered ways to get to space, that might just work.
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.
Getting to know the southern sky is for ever a wonderfully strange experience. In any new place that I visit I always feel grateful for landmarks. On Earth, I am looking for trees and buildings and mountains, in the sky I always look for the brightest stars. Here in New Zealand, there are places and times when the light of the individual stars is lost in the haze of the Milky Way as if a blanket of tiny lights is covering the Earth at night.
Making the Lunar Eclipse Your Own: So what are you doing for the Super Blue Blood Moon?
The Full Moon is SUPER because it’s closest to the Earth making it 14% larger than the smallest Full Moon. It’s BLUE because it’s the second FULL MOON of the month. On those occasions when you had two full moons in a month, the old Farmer’s Almanac painted the first Full Moon red and the second blue. It’s BLOOD because there will be a lunar eclipse occurring.
This is an analysis of human reactions if life was discovered on Mars. In it, four different personas are examined to see what conclusions can be drawn.
This week, the night sky is dominated by the lunar eclipse in the early morning of 1 February. There’s also some great clusters to check out while you’re enjoying the show from the Moon.
What if we find life on Mars, and what if we inadvertently cause an extinction event there. What can we do to prevent us destroying another ecosystem?
Milky-Way.kiwi has compiled a definitive list of the most awesome and fantastic objects of the night sky in this, the Milky-Way.kiwi Catalog. There are 12 objects encompassing both the Northern and Southern sky, so there’s something in the list for everyone.
This short video will help you find the Tarantula Nebula.