Tagged: southern cross

Stars for sale, but no, you can’t really buy an official star name to remember someone - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 27, 2018

Brad E Tucker, Australian National University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. About once a week, I receive an email like this (note that any identifying details have been removed): I was wondering if you could help me. We are coming to Canberra for 2 nights with our friends whose … Read More

Engaging early- and mid-career scientists - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Oct 18, 2012

Those involved in New Zealand’s science scene may have heard of Stratus, ‘a network of emerging and early career University of Auckland researchers’, which was launched in 2008. Well, there’s a new kid on the block – allow me to… Read more › … Read More

Mysterious crosses - Just So Science

Elf Eldridge May 16, 2012

Continuing from my last post, where I mentioned a few of the crosses in our southern skies, I’m going to take a closer look at some of the weird and wonderful objects located near them, namely the Carina and Keyhole nebulae, the ‘Southern Pleiades’,  one of the few naked eye Wolf-Rayet stars and NGC2516. Keyhole Nebula Keyhole Nebula … Read More

“Just So Science” – Chiron’s Secrets - Just So Science

Elf Eldridge Jun 29, 2011

One of the lesser known, yet most spectacular constellations in our southern sky is currently doing the rounds about the south celestial pole for almost the entire evening; the celestial centaur, Chiron a.k.a. Centaurus.  His front two hooves are marked by the two “pointers”, the two bright stars that point to the Southern … Read More

“Just So Science” – A Song of the Universe - Just So Science

Elf Eldridge May 17, 2011

After finally finding time to catch up on new Dr Who over the weekend, I was inspired to write a little about the music of the cosmos. We don’t usually think of the stars as being intrinsically noisy, but since the advent of Radioastronomy it has become possible to ‘listen’ to some of the signals … Read More

“Just So Science” – The Clouds that Weren’t - Just So Science

Elf Eldridge May 11, 2011

What’s the best thing about living in the Southern Hemisphere? Winter! Sure, the above image is taken from an observatory in Chile, but in NZ we get treated to a similar view of the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way, and they just get better and better as we move further and further into winter. To … Read More