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April 27, 2019

Sara Cabrera is a Sydney City Skywatcher member and an active observer. Her curiousity to always learn more about astronomy took her recently to the United States where, amongst many other adventures, Sara attended a lecture in San Jose by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson titled 'Why an Astrophysicist should...

February 23, 2019

The stars shone bright on14 Feb at Centennial Parklands for Sydney City Skywatchers first outreach telescope viewing night of the year. Over 200 people enjoyed a romantic sunset picnic and stargazing. We all watched the sun set over the city as the Moon, Mars and stars became more visible and the silhouettes of bats fl...

December 27, 2018

As a Sydney-based astronomy enthusiast I had visions of Comet 46p/Wirtanen bringing joy to my Christmas celebration. Alas it was very difficult to see and even the intrepid Geoffrey Wyatt, celebrated Astro-photographer and Education Officer at Sydney Observatory, took some rather nice images, but was still disappointed...

August 31, 2018

Photograph by Kim Kemmis at Macquarie Park, late afternoon, 30 August, 2018. 

It's very rare in Sydney to experience the icy, yet sunny, conditions and thin cirrus cloud that cause a spectacular halo around the Sun and a reflection of the Sun in the sky (at least once and often on either side of the sun in the line of t...

August 20, 2018

As part of the Sydney Science Festival, Sydney City Skywatchers supported the Stargazing at Rouse Hill House and Farm event organised by Sydney Living Museums and held on Saturday 18 August. Over 300 participants were welcomed to country by Darug elder, Auntie Leanne Watson. We were then treated to stories of Indigenou...

July 28, 2018

This morning's total lunar eclipse as observed from Sydney, Australia, was a rare and spectacular event. Like many other keen Sydney City Skywatcher observers I found a suitable location with a clear view to the west. Rain had been predicted but 24 hours prior the forecast had improved. I was anxious because the previo...

July 23, 2018

Lunar Eclipses are not rare events but they are spectacular and who can resist the longest eclipse of the century occurring Saturday morning 28 July?  An added bonus is that Mars is at opposition and will be located right near the Moon.

Set the alarm clock, find a good view to the western horizon and rug up! I...

March 5, 2018

Women have contributed to astronomy in many ways in Australia and International Women's Day is a timely reminder that their contributions have often been overlooked by historians, or not well noted during their lifetime. My research for this blog post has focussed on three of the women who were admitted to the New Sout...

December 27, 2017

What a year 2017 has been with a total solar eclipse viewed by millions across North America, and a partial Lunar Eclipse seen from Australia. We saw Jupiter and Saturn at opposition, a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, the Geminids put on a meteor shower and we had an excellent telescope viewing night and program of s...

October 26, 2017

Monday 6 November, 6:30pm is going to be a great opportunity to hear from two Eclipse chasers. Adriano Massatani will speak about his eclipse experience during the recent Eclipse in the USA - see the fantastic video created by Adriano Massatani below, and Melissa Hulbert will reflect on her recent and previous seven ec...

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