Events

Mars at opposition

Friday, July 27, 2018

Mars is in the most favourable position to observe in 2018 and is due south at local midnight. 

Meteor above ESO's VLT, Chile

Perseid meteors

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The Perseids are so called because the point from which they appear to come, called the radiant, lies in the constellation Perseus.

Venus at maximum elongation

Friday, August 17, 2018 -
12:00am to 12:00pm

Venus will be in the west at sunset. Venus will be the brightest object in the sky after the moon and the sun.

Draconid Meteor Schower (Outburst?)

Monday, October 8, 2018

The October Draconids, in the past also unofficially known as the Giacobinids, are a meteor shower whose parent body is the periodic comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. They are named after the constellation Draco, where they seemingly come from.

Comet ISON by Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona

Comet 46P/Wirtanen brigthening

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Comet 46P/Wirtanen expected to brighten to magnitude 3 (clearly visible in dark skies).

2012 Geminid Meteor Shower, by Bill Longo, RASC Member

Geminid meteors

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Geminids are a meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon, which is thought to be a Palladian asteroid with a "rock comet" orbit.