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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...

June 3, 2019

The long and short of it….. the orbital period of comets can range from long period comets like Comet McNaught, 92,700 years, to Comet Encke that zips around the Sun every 3.3 years.

Comet Hyakutake holds the record of having the longest tail, at a length of 560 million kilometres. This is almost double the size of the...

April 30, 2019

2nd May 1780

Sir William Herschel discovers the first binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris, also named Alula Australis, in the constellation of Ursa Major. It was the first visual double star for which an orbit was calculated. Xi Ursae Majoris is found in the left hind paw of the Great Bear

1st May 1930

Pluto (picture above) is...

January 31, 2019

13 February 1633

Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome to face charges of heresy for advocating the Copernican theory, which stated that the Earth revolves around the Sun. Galileo officially faced the Roman Inquisition in April of that same year and agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence....

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