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RECENT EVENT: COMET Lovejoy C/2014 Q2



GUIDE to spotting Comet Lovejoy:

Here is our method of locating and seeing the COMET in the sky. COMET LOVEJOY
Study the charts. Check out the sky whenever possible to get a feel for where everything is located. Note some reference points on the chart. I use Sirius (the brightest star in the sky) a
nd Rigel, in ORION.
Go to darker sky, wait for 20 minutes without light of any kind to allow your eyes to adjust. look directly overhead. Use binoculars and/or a camera with zoom lense on a tripod and preferably a laptop/tablet to control it. Please feel free to ask for help to find and photograph this beautiful object in our skies.

From left to right I look at Matariki (Pleiades aka Subaru) then at the Hyades, then Orion (the belt and/or the 'handle' to the 'pot'), across to Sirius. Then I look at Rigel, just above Orion, and make a triangle with Rigel and Sirius.
I know that COMET Lovejoy is at the third point in a triangle above Orion. Almost due East and almost overhead currently in late December, New Zealand.
It has almost no colour to the naked eye, and it looks like a blob, just like a globular cluster. If you cant see it directly, try looking slightly away, that's called 'averted vision' because the retina has a blank spot for looking directly, that puts the comet on a more sensitive part of the eye's retina.


PAST EVENT: ISAN 7
International Sidewalk Astronomy Night #7 2014
Photo Galleries here: ISAN 7 Facebook Event
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HISTORIC EVENT: BOOK LAUNCH.
Astronomy Aotearoa NCEA Level 1 (Part 1)

Astronomy Aotearoa NCEA Level 1 (Part 2)


 

 


EVENT: Sidewalk Astronomy
SUN DAY on a Sunday - Matariki at Te Papa
Te Marae June 16th 12 noon free entry

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PREVIEW POWERPOINT HERE (14Mb download)

Presentation by Astro-Artist Paul Moss - Telescope solar viewing depends on weather


Astro-Artist Paul Moss speaks at Te Papa Marae for Matariki
also see ASTRONOMY AOTEAROA dot com
DOMPOST POSTER MAY 28th 2013
The theme for Te Papa’s Matariki Festival 2013 is the healing power of women.

MATARIKI aka Pleiades by NASA from wikipedia.

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PAUL MOSS SPEAKING AT TE PAPA TONGAREWA
 
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MATARIKI

SUNDAY on Sunday

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from NASA and Wikipedia