Astronomy at Arkaroola

Arkaroola offers an extraordinary astronomy experience with a remotely controlled observatory stacking high definition images within seconds. Doug Sprigg is at the helm of the SkyX Pro console of a breathtaking live tour of the southern sky, including views of galaxies, planetary nebulae, globular clusters and our nearby gas giants.

More on Arkaroola’s three observatories on the Arkaroola website.

SkyWatch in the Flinders Ranges

Dean Davidson’s Skywatch portable planetarium was thrilling children at Leigh Creek Area School and Marree Area School this week, followed by community astronomy night viewings. The famously dark skies of the Flinders Ranges availed excellent views of the Milky Way and the Dark Emu. Saturn and Jupiter were crowd-pleasers, as always.

Jupiter’s diminishing Great Red Spot

The Great Red Spot of Jupiter is appearing to unravel. Where once the great storm could encompass three earths, it is now diminishing to the size of one earth. The Great Red Spot is shedding a succession of jet streams as long as 10,000km long, as captured by an amateur astronomer.

Image by Anthony Wesley of Australia, 19/5/19

Jupiter is currently rising in the constellation Ophiuchus, easy to find by association with nearby Scorpius.

This nifty little calculator will tell you what time the Great Red Spot transits into visibility at your latitude / longtitude.

Astronomy night

April Astronomy night under the brilliant Flinders Ranges skies showcased a line up including the new moon, the Orion Nebula, some fabulous clusters, the Tarantula Nebula, globular cluster 47 Tucana, and a look at different types of star such as Betelgeuse and Sirius.

Orion Nebula

Jupiter and Venus

Currently at sunset, Venus is visible in the constellation Taurus above the western horizon and on the opposite horizon, Jupiter is rising in the east in the constellation Libra.