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  2. Power outage

    Lol. What area were you in at the time?
  3. Today
  4. Power outage

    Not sure how far the power is out but it has made for a very special night of seeing in the sky. The LMC And the SMC where clear and easy to see. This is the way a sky should be but only happens on rear occasions....bring on more power cuts.
  5. Yesterday
  6. Orionids meteor shower

    Where Can I See the Orionids? It's called Orionids because the meteors seem to emerge or radiate from the constellation Orion. A First Quarter Moon will make this meteor shower easy to see in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. While you can easily see a shooting star looking straight up, the table below shows the exact direction of the Orionids from your location.
  7. The Orionids run from the Oct 2 - Nov 7, and peak tonight at 2am on Oct 21
  8. Last week
  9. resource: Meteor detection CAMS network

    Last night (18th Oct) was a good night with over 50 meteors detected by the Canterbury setup. We are now fully automated, so you can see our detections by going to http://cams.seti.org/FDL/index-NZ.html
  10. There may be more ringed objects in the outer solar system than anyone knew. This week, researchers revealed that the egg-shaped dwarf planet Haumea - one of four known diminutive planets that circle the sun from beyond the orbit of Neptune - is surrounded by a ring of material roughly 43 miles in width. Although rings are well-known around Saturn (obviously) as well as Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus, the new discovery represents the third time in just the last few years that scientists have found a ring around a solar system object that is not a planet. https://i.stuff.co.nz/science/98029240/beyond-the-orbit-of-neptune-a-dwarf-planet-is-found-to-have-a-ring
  11. Andromeda

    woohoo cant wait to see it i have a 100mm acro refractor on a home made tracking mount Hope to get a glimpse of uranus tonight after tha cas meetign Ifs ever clear
  12. Andromeda

    Being a northerly constellation, Andromeda is, at best, only visible for a few hours each night. From the South Island, the most northerly parts of the constellation do not rise above the horizon. Alpheratz, α And, is about 24° above the horizon at its highest as seen from Auckland. From the extreme south of New Zealand its maximum height is 14°. Most of the rest of the constellation is lower. In terms of time the galaxy is above the horizon for about 4 hours 40 minutes from Christchurch. Thus there is only a fairly brief window of opportunity to see the galaxy during the night. For New Zealand, it is due north, and highest, at about 10:30 pm (NZDT) in mid November, an hour later at the beginning of the month and an hour earlier by the end of the month. By the latter date it will be running into evening twilight. For each month before November, the galaxy will be at its highest two hours later. This means it is visible from New Zealand during the hours of darkness from about the beginning of July to the end of November.
  13. Andromeda

    can we see the andromeda galaxy from christchurch? anybody got any pics if so? plus dose anybody in cas live near linwood?
  14. Tarantula Nebula and the LMC

    Sharing experience and knowledge between us
  15. Tarantula Nebula and the LMC

    Hey looks like you two are in competition
  16. Tarantula Nebula (NGC7020)

    Looking good jamie
  17. Tarantula Nebula and the LMC

    This is awesome Simon I really like this
  18. Tarantula Nebula and the LMC

    The Tarantula Nebula is a large emission nebula located in the southern constellation Dorado. The star-forming region lies within the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a small satellite galaxy of the Milky Way and one of the nearest galaxies to our own, located on the border between Dorado and Mensa. The nebula is also known as 30 Doradus.It has the designation NGC 2070 in the New General Catalogue. The Tarantula Nebula is one of the better known nebulae not listed in the Messier catalog,. It is the most active region of star formation known in the Local Group of galaxies, as well as one of the largest, spanning 600 light years, or 13 arc minutes across the sky. The nebula contains more than 800,000 stars and protostars. The newly formed stars are frequently hidden within clouds of dust and can only be seen in infrared wavelengths. The nebula is extremely luminous. It lies at a distance of 160,000 light years from Earth and has an apparent magnitude of 8. Because it lies so far to the south, it is visible primarily from southern latitudes, lucky us! And If it were as close to the solar system as the Orion Nebula, the Tarantula Nebula would be so bright that it would cast shadows. The Orion Nebula, while more famous, especially in the northern hemisphere, is only a hundredth the size of 30 Doradus. The Tarantula Nebula got its name because its glowing filaments of dust resemble the legs of a spider. It is a giant starburst region where the energy from the bright, hot young stars creates huge voids and filaments in the surrounding clouds of gas.
  19. CAS Member Meeting - October


    I attended Sze-leung's talk yesterday morning and it was fantastic! It was very informative as to what sort of outdoor lighting our district councils should be using among other things. I was unable to listen to Kevin's talk as I had to go and help set up at the observatory ready for the public viewing but I heard a lot of people talking about it and I was so glad we were hosting him and Sze-leung this Tuesday.
  20. CAS AGM

    The Canterbury Astronomical Society AGM will be held on 2Oth March 2018. More information to follow
  21. New Zealand Almanac 2018

    Almanac 2018 is both a Solar and Lunar calendar. Each monthly grid includes the phases of the Moon, the rise and set times of the Sun and Moon, planetary phenomena, meteor activity, solstices and equinoxes, public and school holidays, religious festivals, historical astronomical events, a Maori calendar and ancient star lore pertaining to each month. The planet rise and set is back by popular demand. The Almanac contains dozens of spectacular full colour images of celestial objects It also includes full colour charts of the Night Sky through the seasons. An information page explains how to use the Almanac and charts. The Almanac is produced for the Phoenix Astronomical Society by Richard Hall, Kay Leather, and Charlotte Hird. You can purchase copies directly at http://www.stonehenge-aotearoa.co.nz/shop-online.html
  22. CAS Member Meeting - October


    Updated location map to show new entrance to the building. Please note this important change.
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  24. CAS Member Meeting - October


    Don't forget to use the RSVP to let us know if you can go or not.
  25. until

    How was it? I'm due to see the talk at the weekend Starlight festival?
  26. anyone looking for a 150mm Mak Newt ?

    SOLD .... not to a CAS member sadly
  27. You're all a terrible influence :)

    It looks magnificent
  28. You're all a terrible influence :)

    it survived!
  29. You're all a terrible influence :)

  30. anyone looking for a 150mm Mak Newt ?

    still for sale - I'd take 850 :)
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