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December 2013 Star Chart

Your guide to the night sky this month.

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Your guide to the night sky this month.

September 2013 star chart

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July 2013 star chart

By Dr Martin Anderson, Sydney Observatory

Your guide to the night sky this month.

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June 2013 star chart

Your guide to the night sky this month.

Solar eclipse guide and May 2013 star chart

By David Reneke

Your guide to the night sky this month, and details of this month's solar eclipse.

Get set for a rare and amazing sky event this month. Australia will witness one of the most awe-inspiring sights in nature as an "annular eclipse" of the Sun takes place early on the morning of May 10. Few people who witness eclipses fail to be deeply moved by the experience.

An annular eclipse of the Sun, when a fiery solar ring remains around the Moon’s silhouette, will sweep right across Australia and into the Pacific Ocean. Weather permitting, everyone in Australia, except for the western third of Western Australia, will be able to see a partial or full eclipse.

Star chart and guide for March 2013

By David Reneke

Your guide to the night skies this month.

Get ready to spend more time outside for stargazing fun in March. This is shaping up to be the ‘year of the comets.’ The entire astronomy community is waiting for the visit of three amazing comets to our solar system, and it starts next week!

Comet Pan-Starrs is due to pass by and should be visible in early March in the West as it swings around the Sun and re-emerges into our evening twilight. Comets are usually named after their discoverers but in this case, Pan-Starrs was named after the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System which was used to find the visitor.

April Star Chart

By Dr Martin Anderson, Sydney Observatory

Your guide to the night sky this month