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April 1, 2020

Sidewalk Astronomy in the times of COVID-19

As an inner-city dweller who loves astronomy, I have found that one can still enjoy stargazing and telescope viewings in an urban setting.

There are certainly limitations to viewing with city light pollution but there are some advantages and if we are to feed our passion in the...

March 27, 2020

Every month there is a focus on an astronomical phenomenon by Sydney City Skywatchers' Secretary, Elizabeth Cocking. This month Elizabeth has researched meteor showers. In February meteor scientist and Senior Research Manager, Ross Pogson,gave an inspiring talk to Skywatcher members about meteorites and their significa...

February 5, 2020

Sunspot activity for the month of January remained extremely low however, on the 3rd January a single Axx spot was observed of the new solar cycle 25 in Active Region 12755.

Due to very consistent smoke haze from bush fires and cloud cover no observations were made until the 12th when a very faint Prominence was seen on...

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 rest of the month.

Prominences

The most significant Prom...

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 Hedgerow Prominence on the NW limb reaching 65,000km hig...

July 10, 2019

For the month of June, 2019, though solar activity was once again was still very low, a few Sunspot groups did appear.

On June 1st the Solar disc was completely clear of all activity and on the 2nd a Prominence on the NW limb and another on the SE limb, both quite faint were observed.Due to bad weather no further observ...

June 5, 2019

For the month of May, 2019, though solar activity was once again was still very low, a few Sunspot groups did appear. A total of 24 observations were made with the remaining 7 days either cloud covered or rain. This included 12 days when no Sunspot activity could be seen.Summing up there was a total of two Sunspot grou...

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...

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