Night Sky

Night sky

Sun: Autumn is well under way in March. The 20th marks the Equinox, or equal day and night, meaning that the Sun has crossed the equator and is heading back into the northern sky.

Night Sky

Sun: Although the Sun's elevation remains high at 64 degrees, our nights begin to lengthen as the month goes on.

January night sky Best of Scott

Sun: The Earth reaches perihelion, its closest approach to the Sun for the year, on January 5th.

November night sky

Sun: The nights become noticeably shorter this month as true darkness lasts less than eight hours. On the 4th there is a solar eclipse, but it is not visible in New Zealand.

Night sky in June 2013

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Sun: June 21 brings us the winter solstice, with the Sun furthest north of the equator and at its lowest in the sky.

Night Sky for February 2013

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Night Sky for February 2013

January night sky

Sun: The Earth is at perihelion, its closest approach to the Sun for the year, tomorrow.

Night sky December 2012

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Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Night sky November

Sun: On the 14th there is a total solar eclipse. In Taranaki, up to 80 per cent of the Sun will be covered.

October's night sky 2012

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Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Night sky in September 2012

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Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Night sky in August

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Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Night sky for July

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Sun: The Earth is at aphelion, its greatest distance from the Sun, on July 5.

Night sky in June

TOM WHELAN - Taranaki Daily News

Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Night sky for May 2012

TOM WHELAN - Taranaki Daily News

Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Night sky in April

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Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Night sky for March 2012

Taranaki Daily News

Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Night sky for February 2012

Taranaki Daily News

Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Night sky for January 2012

Taranaki Daily News

Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

December night sky

Taranaki Daily News

Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Night Sky for November 2011

Taranaki Daily News

Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Night sky for October 2011

Taranaki Daily News

Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Night sky in September 2011

Taranaki Daily News

Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Night Sky for August 2011

Taranaki Daily News

Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens this month.

Night Sky for March, 2010

Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Taranaki Daily News

Sun: Autumn is well under way this month. The 21st marks the Equinox, or equal day and night, meaning that the Sun has crossed the equator and is heading back into the northern sky. (Image1)

Night Sky for February, 2010

Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Taranaki Daily News

Sun: Although the Sun remains high in the sky at 64 degrees elevation, our nights begin to lengthen as the month goes on. [Image1]

Night Sky for January, 2010

Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Taranaki Daily News

Sun: The Earth is at perihelion, its closest approach to the Sun for the year, on January 3rd.

Night Sky for December, 2009

Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Taranaki Daily News

Sun: The Summer solstice falls on the 22nd, marking the Sun's most southerly position in the sky, and our longest day. [Image 1]

Night Sky for November, 2009

Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Taranaki Daily News

Sun: The elevation of the Sun continues to increase, reaching 69 degrees by mid month.

Night Sky for October

Astronomer Tom Whelan summarises what is in the Taranaki heavens for each month.

Taranaki Daily News

Sun: The shorter nights are now with us as the Sun moves further into the southern sky. Throughout the month the Sun's elevation in the sky increases, reaching over 60 degrees.
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