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January 12, 2020

This month . . . Dwarfs. No, not Snow White and her seven companions. Dwarf stars. They come in a variety of colours and are the last stage in a star’s life. It is believed our own Sun will become a white dwarf at the end of its life.

White dwarf stars are relatively rare. There are only eight known white dwarf stars in...

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 constellations spanning only six degrees from north to...

January 6, 2019

Our first club meeting is on Monday 4 February at 6:30pm, with a presentation by Lesa Moore about astrobiology.

The Oldest Star: One of the oldest stars is HE 1523-0901, often dubbed “The Methuselah Star”, a red giant star approximately 7,500 light years from Earth. It is thought to be 13.2 billion years old, almost as...

November 2, 2018

Often called “The Seven Sisters” this group of stars has a strong connection to Aboriginal Peoples in many parts of Australia and was the focus of an exhibition called Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters at the Australian National Gallery.

An image of the Pleiades star cluster, shown below, was produced in 2007 by NAS...

October 2, 2018

This month we feature …….. Sirius – The Dog Star.

Sirius is known as the “Dog Star” as it is located in the constellation Canis Major (The Greater Dog).

The name Sirius comes from the Greek Seirios which means “scorching”. Because of its brightness it was well known to the ancient Egyptians around 4000 BC.

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