Where’d the month go? It’s already time for the next public viewing night up on the mountain.
Plenty of us members of the Canberra Astronomical Society will be up there with our telescopes. And Saturn plus a new moon will make for great viewing if the weather cooperates. There will be professional astronomers from the ANU [...]
Yesterday was the long-awaited connect to the National Broadband Network day. Yay!
After being involved for years in the community campaign to get Gungahlin’s parlous internet access upgraded, it was lovely to be able to see the end result.
We’ve been paying Telstra the same price as someone in Sydney pays for an ADSL2+ service running at [...]
Prime Minister Julia Gillard at Rooty Hill, NSW (Photo: Wikipedia)
PM Julia Gillard has some pretty big holes to fill in her front bench after this week’s #nospill. And it probably isn’t just the ACT printers who are relishing the opportunities this presents.
With so many long-standing names names jumping before they are pushed, and probably a [...]
There’s a stack to look at in the sky during the first half of March. First there’s the Comet C/2011 L4, also known as PANSTARRS. This lovely photo was taken by Canberra Astronomical Society member Vello Tabur on 5 March. Look just south of where the sun goes does, immediately after sunset. No scope required, [...]
Every new building has some teething troubles. At the Arboretum, it seems water is a problem. Also saw gutters and downpipes leaking and eroding the earthworks. It’s a magnificent building and I’m sure they’ll sort it out.
Although it’s a long way from Canberra, the bushfire that tore through the Warrumbungle Mountains, Coonabarabran, on Sunday night is having a significant effect on a lot of Canberra people. Siding Springs became Australia’s premier visual astronomy observatory site after the decision not to rebuild Mount Stromlo Observatory, destroyed in the January 2003 bushfire.
It appears [...]
A smoky sunset after yesterday’s bushfires scattered all around the Canberra region made for very challenging photography. For this beginner anyway. There was so much smoke, the sun was blowing out very badly. There are probably some Photoshop tricks to get around this, but I don’t know them. I think the best photo is this one of Black Mountain [...]
It was hot outside today, and it will be hot again tomorrow. But in between we’ve had a great series of storm cells passing over, with some excellent lightning.
I pointed the camera out the upstairs window, and set it on automatic shooting with a programmable remote control. Unfortunately there’s nothing automatic about the processing stage…
It’s that time again when we get to look up and see the only place where humans live other than on Earth zipping across our skies. The International Space Station has a number of very bright passes coming up over the next few days—some at fairly family-friendly times (given it’s school holidays anyway).
For Canberra people [...]
One of the great benefits flowing from the $30 annual membership fee of the Canberra Astronomical Society is that you also get free use of the society’s 350mm (14″) telescope up on top of Mount Stromlo. A scope worth more than $10,000, with some gorgeous Nagler eyepieces, in an observatory with a roll-off roof. For [...]
On our way last night to a (delicious) country pub dinner and stargazing in Gundaroo with some Twitter space friends and overseas eclipse chasers, MartyO and I got distracted by light.
And what cracking light it was… Even a novice like me was hard-pressed to mess up with this subject material. Just as well – because [...]
The crew at Make Hack Void have put out an open invite to you to release your inner geek and come to a barby on Sunday to celebrate the great result of the Canberra UAV team’s great result in the UAV Outback Challenge.
This Sunday, we are holding a BBQ at the Make, Hack, Void workshop in Downer [...]
An early rise this morning for a very long and bright pass of the International Space Station yielded this beginner a couple of interesting shots.
They were all taken from the side of Horse Park Drive Throsby, with obvious effects of lights from intersections and homes.
This is looking west, with the ISS passing the Orion constellation, [...]
It’s World Space Week 4 to 10 October, and here’s a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in astrophotography. A free presentation in Canberra by the 2012 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Martin Pugh.
You can check his award-winning photograph of the Whirlpool Galaxy M51 on my blog or better still click through to the high-resolution version for all [...]
Probably your last chance to see Saturn this year at the ANU and Canberra Astronomical Society’s August public viewing night this Friday from 7pm on Mt Stromlo.
The CAS amateur astronomers (including me) will be up there with telescopes ranging from 6″ to 16″.
The weather forecast has the showers clearing by the afternoon. If there is [...]
For Gungahlin folk who’ve been wondering about the so-called “Concerned Citizens of Canberra” and their dog-whistle objections against the mosque to be built in our town centre, this interview with the ringleader on 2CC today is revealing and essential listening.
I think Mike Welsh tried really hard to be fair, but this guy is his own [...]
[ 6 August, 2012; 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. ] At 3:31pm Monday, the NASA/CSIRO Canberra Deep Space Communication Centre (aka Tidbinbilla Tracking Station) will play a pivotal role in the most important space mission going right now. The Mars Science Laboratory (nicknamed Curiosity) will land on Mars after a 7-minute crazy ride to slow it from a relative velocity of 12,844 km/hr. And all transmissions from [...]
Time for another one of the Canberra Astronomical Society’s public telescope viewing nights, in partnership with the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Next to Scope Cafe on top of Mount Stromlo, from 7 to 9pm. No charge.
Yes I know the weather forecast is looking touch and go, but you’d be really surprised what our telescopes can [...]
Weather permitting, there are some good space viewing opportunities for Canberra people over the next week or so. Planets, stars, the International Space Station, and even a manned Soyuz launch to hunt out.
First, the beautiful morning conjunctions with Jupiter and the very bright Venus continue and even get better. For two weeks now these two [...]
Early risers who ventured out this morning had a special treat in the north-east sky, with Jupiter, a very thin crescent Moon and Venus all very close together.
And anyone with a telescope would have had the extra special treat of seeing Venus itself as a fine crescent – but still amazingly bright. Why a crescent? [...]
People here asked for updates of space events of note, including particularly good opportunities for viewing the only place where humans live other than on Earth – the International Space Station.
So here are a few long ISS passes over the next three days. Friday’s pass is lower in the sky (see the maximum elevation of [...]
I mentioned two weeks ago about passes of the International Space Station over the Canberra area this week. I didn’t get this ready in time for Monday’s pass though sorry. However we a rare treat coming up this week.
The Soyuz spaceship will also be visible as it chases down the ISS, while taking the next [...]
Space geeks should check out this free talk next Tuesday from 6pm at the CSIRO Discovery Centre.
Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith is CSIRO’s Project Scientist on Australia’s bid to win the giant Square Kilometre Array project. This is a massive project of some 3000 radio astronomy dishes and arrays with a total surface area of (you guessed [...]
The giant owl sculpture in Belconnen that has been the source of so much debate is gone. Just the concrete base remains…
Here’s how the mystery unfolded on Twitter on Friday night, to a deal of amusement, courtesy of Canberra Times cartoonist David Pope’s feed (I tidied up RTs and rearranged to make sense to non-tweeps), and [...]
Unlike many urban art pieces, you get to see this one coming together.
A large block of granite in the centre of Veterans’ Park is being carved by two guys into a piece vaguely reminiscent of those Soviet bloc heroic pieces. I think the location and back to back subjects tell a fairly clear story.
Interestingly straight [...]
Rain may halt the cricket, but not the weekly ideological stand-off outside the Marie Stopes clinic…
Chanting was heard.
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The ACT has dabbled in social media by trying a series of one-hour Virtual Community Cabinets on Twitter, using the hashtag #ACTVCC. But it is pretty hard to have a meaningful discussion about complex government issues in 140 characters or less – including spaces. Or in single crammed sessions held sporadically.
They have also always sought [...]
Just received from a workmate via Facebook:
Just got passed by a car chase on the way out of Canberra! One blue car flat out followed by 2 cop bikes, 3 D cars, 4 marked cars, road stingers on the roads, plus cop 4WDs on the roadside.
They got him! Blew his tyres out.
When: Tuesday 13th December, 2011
Where: Gunghalin Library, downstairs meeting room
The meeting will be attended by NBN Co’s head of construction and will include:
- an overview of the constructions timing and processes
- updates on the status of the 12 month build program
- Retail Service Provider and pricing updates
- updates on planned local community notification and engagement
[ 4 December, 2011; 12:00 am to 4:00 pm. ] Mt Stromlo Observatory will be open to the public during its Annual Open Day this Sunday 4th December 2011 10am to 4pm. Entry to the event is free.
Mt Stromlo Observatory is the research headquarters for the Australian National University Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. It’s home to the country’s leading research in optical and [...]
Anyone interested in the launch of the new bigger, smarter, faster Mars rover Curiosity this weekend (2am Sunday) may be interested to know there’s a Canberra connection to the launch.
The Canberra Deep Space Communications Centre (or Tidbinbilla Tracking Station to locals) will be hosting a “Tweetup” of 50 lucky NASA/CSIRO Twitter followers at the [...]
Don’t you love all these copses of poplars around Canberra? Unless you’re trying to hold your breath as you ride past them to avoid choking on the rotten fluff fall.
I’d imagine Kippax is at its 20cm-deep-looking-like-snow best around now. And riding past the Art Gallery…enough to send you blue. The Federal Hwy has some moments [...]