Jupiter was named after the Roman King of Gods, His Greek equivalent Zeus, loved many women’s bods. Sixty-seven of Jupiter’s moons there are, And each named after a lascivious memoir. First comes Metis, who […]
I enjoy sharing astronomy stories with as many people as possible, through community out-reach programmes, planetarium shows and chatting to anyone who will listen about all the cool things we used the night sky for in the past, but also all the amazing things we are continually learning about what’s out there in the present.
Have you ever wondered what might be lurking in our night sky that resembles the science fiction of Star Wars? I thought so! Me too.
Psychologists use a Rorschach test to learn about our personality traits and conflicts held deep in the subconscious. I want you to take you a Celestial Rorschach test. Perhaps not to understand any deep rooted conflicts, but rather to gain an inner perspective of what you see outside.
The evening sky is devoid of planetary landscapes, with one exception…
Closer to the equator, the year is measured with lunisolar calendars. In the middle east the Muslims have a lunar calendar, their new year is marked by the Ramadan which is precisely calculated by the phases of the Moon. In the far east the Chinese have a lunar calendar too and they also use Jupiter to mark the time, which is why the Chinese zodiac is on a twelve years cycle, exactly the time it takes Jupiter to move around the sun once. In India they also have a lunar calendar, vedic astrology is based on the mansions of the moon, also known as nakshatras.
The canoe of Tama Rereti sets sail in November from Aotearoa signaling to Maori navigators that it was time to start planning their journeys back to Rarohenga. Rarohenga means the domain, the rohe, beyond the Sun, Ra. Maori call that the places they cannot see beyond the curvature of Earth.
I smiled every morning in Chile watching Orion rise toes first in the sky. It might put a smile on your face to watch him peek above the horizon as he rises in the northern hemisphere. We all have a unique perspective of the universe, and our lives due to our experiences. When you look up, be humbled by the vastness of the universe, but above all keep learning and put a smile on your face, be filled with the joy that is the universe, and let that wonder take you to new possibilities.
For the last few months, here in the New Zealand we have been looking a lot at the stars in our flag. So we will start our journey of the October Night sky pointing at the Southern Cross, or Crux as it is officially named by the international astronomical union. We will follow the Milky Way as usual, looking at what other wonderful things we can see along it. On the way across the sky we will talk about the third brightest, second brightest and the brightest star in the sky and where to find them. We will discover luminous and massive stars along the way. We also look at flags of the world that have stars, moons and Suns and finally wander away with the planets in the morning sky.