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Nov 03, 2019

Cosmic Chronicles

Fred Watson AM, Australia's astronomer-at-large, explores the hottest topics in space science and astronomy

Are we alone in the Universe? Where did the Moon come from? How do we know what stars are made of? Could there really be a future in asteroid mining?

In Cosmic Chronicles, Fred Watson – Australia’s Astronomer-at-Large and bestselling author – explores the hottest topics in space science and astronomy. Fred Watson AM presents the most up-to-date knowledge on everything from light echoing around the cosmos, the mechanics of black holes and how to navigate the hidden delights of nightfall, to the most profound questions facing humankind.


With mind-bending stories from the frontiers of science, Cosmic Chronicles is an expert’s view of what we know and how we know it.  

This is a great opportunity to purchase a signed copy of Cosmic Chronicles, Professor Fred Watson's latest book, for yourself, for friends and family at a special price of $30 (note there is no credit card facility).


Monday 4 November, 2019

6:30pm Please arrive on time as seats are limited.

Sydney Observatory, Millers Point

Free but you must register and there is a small supper charge to pay at entry (cash only) : $2 Members, $5 non-members

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Articles by Members

November 7, 2019

This month ……. The Andromeda Galaxy (M31). On a collision course with the Milky Way it will be visiting us “shortly”

The Andromeda Galaxy is one of the closest galaxies to our own Milky Way and is travelling in our direction at approximately 100 to 140 kilometres per se...

November 1, 2019

27th November 1783

The first reference to black holes is mentioned by John Michell, an English natural philosopher, in a paper for the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. He called them "dark stars". Michell suggested that there might be many "dar...

October 16, 2019

The Southern Cross is an iconic constellation steeped in our nation’s history and culture. The photograph in this post was taken by Geoffrey Wyatt, Senior Education Producer Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

The Southern Cross is the smallest of the 88 cons...

October 14, 2019

Sunspot activity for the month of September remained extremely low however, on the 1st September two very small Bxi spots were observed in AR12748 and remained on the solar disc the following day as a single Axx spot.

No further Sunspots were seen on the Sun for the res...

September 30, 2019


31st October 1992

Pope John Paul II pardons Galileo for his views. The Catholic church condemned Galileo in 1633 for his subversive views, namely that the Earth revolved around the Sun. He lived under house arrest for the rest of his life. Pope John Paul II formal...

September 30, 2019

Coronal Holes were observed at the end of July, beginning of August by Space - these are shown in the image above from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, recorded using very sophisticated imaging equipment. 

However, through my telescope in the Southern Hemi...

September 29, 2019

In addition to the informative talks at our monthly meetings Sydney City Skywatchers (SCS) offers or assists at public sky viewings. Over the past couple of years members have taken their telescopes, binoculars and enthusiasm to astronomy events at Sydney Observatory a...

September 7, 2019

This month Pluto…. Once our ninth planet Pluto was demoted to “dwarf planet’ in 2006. However, with the New Horizons mission enigmatic Pluto, once shrouded in mystery, is giving up its secrets. The image below is Pluto photographed by the LORRI and Ralph instruments ab...

August 31, 2019

26th September 1905

Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity is published. It is the generally accepted and experimentally confirmed physical theory regarding the relationship between space and time and contains one of the most famous equations, e=mc2, which in simple te...

August 14, 2019

For the month of July, 2019 and during my 21 days of solar observations I did not see any Sunspot activity.

The only activity that was seen were Prominences. These were mostly faint and small.

The most prominent was on the 8th reaching 47,000km in height, the 9th a Hedge...

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Welcome to Sydney City Skywatchers

Established in 1895, Sydney City Skywatchers carries forward a proud tradition of providing a forum dedicated to amateur astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts in the city. 


We meet at 6:30pm on the first Monday of the Month at Sydney Observatory. Typically there are short astronomy reports from members, and then a guest speaker or telescope viewing opportunity. You don't need to have any specialist knowledge, or own a telescope to enjoy, participate in and learn from these sessions but a passion for astronomy is a must! 


Since 1895 our aims to service the amateurs in astronomy have not changed.

Should you wish to have a night telescope tour of Sydney Observatory please contact the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS).