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.
“if they can wake up at 4 am to watch a rugby game I can wake up at 4:30 am to watch the NASA press conference”. – Kathy Campbell
Source: NASA’s Spaceward Bound Visits New Zealand
You can read in detail about The Sky of September here. It will be the same year after year, Pluto and all.
Relax, Pluto WILL not go anywhere soon
In fact Pluto takes 248 years to orbit the Sun as it orbits at an average distance of 5.9 billion km from the Sun, while Earth only orbits at 150 million km. This means that it will take Pluto almost 20 years to shift into another constellation.
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Welcome to Aotearoa New Zealand where the sea surrounds us from all directions, the sky is darker than dark and the stars are very bright. The Pacific Ocean is a water-world holding the reflection of the dark night sky which comes down all the way down to the horizon, and the only signposts of the night are the patterns of the stars. We call these ASTERISMS (roughly from ‘aster’ which in Latin means star) and are made of the brightest stars in a constellation.
i. Haritina Mogosanu Martian Since 10/8/2014 (with this company but really I first went there with Curiosity) 297,865,305 Points Earned http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/insight/?action=getcert&e=1&pid=3&cn=503001924663
was our chief scientist at Spaceward Bound New Zealand. Check out a bit about her astrobiology work here. Professor Kathy Campbell – Life and Environment.
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