astronomy

Happy Solstice Day!

The December solstice happened about twelve minutes ago as I compose this post (2010-12-21 23:38 Universal Time). APOD, as per usual, has the solstice goodies:

Wednesday Wow: Starry Night

All those stars reminded me – it’s nearly September equinox time (it’s becoming more common to no longer refer to vernal/autumnal equinoxes or summer/winter solstices because it gives the wrong impression that it’s the same season simultaneously around the world). The equinox falls on tomorrow, September 23rd at 1:09 pm Sydney time.

Happy Vernal Equinox

APOD put up a fantastic picture to mark this stage in the planet’s journey around the Sun. Recorded on March 10 from Teide National Park on the island of Tenerife, the vista is composed of 4 separate pictures spanning over 180 degrees. (Image Credit & Copyright: Daniel López)

Go look at the moon.

Full moon and perigee are coinciding this month – go check out the biggest, brightest moon since 1993. Last time this happened, we went down to the beach and proved that we really could read newsprint by moonlight with sunglasses… Read More ›