The Orionid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend and once again Aussies will be able to enjoy the celestial light show with their naked eyes. If you're keen to catch the Orionid Meteor Shower over the weekend, here's what you need to know.
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The Perseid Meteor shower is expected to peak on August 13, which means it will be prime time to catch a glimpse of a falling star (or 20). Over 75 shooting stars are expected to fly by an hour, which means you should be able to catch that glimpse not only with your eyes but also with your camera.
If you're out at night and look up (which you certainly should), and see a light in the distance, this helpful chart from The League of Lost Causes will help you determine whether you're looking at a planet, a star, a satellite or something else.
I don't believe in astrology, but I know my sign. (I'm a Sagittarius in the traditional system, Ophiuchus to stickler astronomers.) You could benefit from knowing yours, too! Just not in the way Dr Oz thinks.
SpaceX has now launched the most powerful spacecraft since the Apollo era – the Falcon Heavy rocket – setting the bar for future space launches. The most important thing about this reusable spacecraft is that it can carry a payload equivalent to sending five double-decker London buses into space – which will be invaluable for future manned space exploration or in sending bigger satellites into orbit. But what about the environmental impact?
This morning Elon Musk launched a Tesla Roadster into space using the Falcon Heavy rocket. A dummy driver named “Starman” wearing a SpaceX spacesuit pilots the car, as it speeds towards Mars to gather information about its orbit.
As Starman heads towards Mars, it's taken some stunning footage of the earth. Or has it?
Whether you call it a super moon, blood moon or Super Blood Blue Moon, Wednesday's total lunar eclipse is going to be spectacular. Earthlings haven't seen a celestial event like this in nearly 150 Years - and Australians have one of the best seats in the world! Here's what you need to know for an optimum viewing experience in each state and territory.
A total lunar eclipse will occur on Wednesday, January 31, and Australia is in the perfect position to see it. But it’s also being called many other lunar things, from a Blood Moon to a Blue Moon and a Super Moon.
So what is really going to happen on the night? We explain everything you need to know.
Hopefully you never find yourself in a situation where you have to engage with someone who believes in a flat Earth. On the off chance that you do, don't go in unprepared! Here's some hard ammunition you can use to thoroughly debunk them.
During November, the two brightest planets in our solar system engage in a cosmic dance, aligning very close to each other in the night sky. In certain parts of the world, the Venus-Jupiter conjunction is a stunning event for stargazers, but down here in the Southern Hemisphere we dont get to have a Luke-on-Tatooine-style moment with two celestial objects.
Earlier today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk provided fresh details on the company's plans to create a permanent, self-sustaining human on Mars. The key to the mission will be "reuseable" rocket technology which will help to keep costs down. If Musk can be believed, the first colonial cargo drop could occur within five years.
It all sounds incredibly impressive and exciting, doesn't it? But is any of it actually feasible, particularly within the ambitious timeframes given? Here's what three physics, astronomy and earth science experts have to say...