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 longitude.
Opposition: a body is opposite the Sun in our sky; we are between them. Used especially of planets.
Transit: a smaller body passes directly in front of a larger one (e.g., the Sun or Moon).
Occultation: a body is hidden behind another (e.g., the Sun or Moon).
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Erratically, if time permits, details of ISS and HST visible passes may be included, usually based on viewing from St James, Malanda, unless otherwise noted.
“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 message to the utmost bounds of the world.”
Future spectacles to prepare for
26 May 2021 - nearest Lunar perigee, Super Moon, and Lunar eclipse
Unfolding 6:50pm to 11:50pm, the Moon will start to enter the umbra (the full shadow) at 7:45pm and and finally leave it 22:50, with total eclipse (when fully within the umbra) between 9:11–27pm. The rest of the time it is in the penumbral (partial) shadow.