Celestial sights

ISS = International Space Station

HST = Hubble Space Telescope

Appulse = 2 bodies appear at their closest to each other in our sky.

Conjunction = 2 bodies pass each other on the same ecliptic longtitude.

Opposition = a body (especially a planet) is opposite the Sun in our sky.

Transit = a body passes directly in front of another another (e.g., the Sun or Moon).

Occultation = a body is hidden behind another (e.g., the Sun or Moon).

Details of ISS and HST visible passes, transits and occultations are based on viewing from St James, Malanda - unless otherwise noted.

Psalm 18(19):1-4

“The heavens proclaim the glory of God
and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands.
Day unto day takes up the story,
and night unto night makes known the message.

No speech, no word, no voice is heard
yet their span extends through all the earth,
their words to the utmost bounds of the world.”

Future spectacles to prepare for

07 December 2018

Mars and Neptune will be in conjunction on 08 December 2018, but out of our sight in Queensland. We can see them approaching, and they will be so close that they will both fit in a telescopes field of view. For those who have never seen Neptune, this makes it very easy to find, and it is viewable in binoculars as well as small telescopes, and in dark conditions is vissiable to the keen sighted.

21 December 2020

Jupiter and Saturn are in conjunction only every 12 to 20 years, but in their next conjunction on 21 December 2020 they will appear exceptionally close so close that both will both fit in a telescope's field of view. Saturn will appear closer than Jupiter's own moons - making an unmissable opportunity for astro-photographers.