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The blog is where we'll post news, updates, information about objects in our collection, #betterworkstories, profiles of staff members and visitors, pictures and videos, and really anything we think you'd find interesting. We hope you enjoy. 

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July Skyguide

SKY GUIDE: JULY

Your monthly guide to what's happening in the heavens!

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Te Mahutatanga o Takero

Mercury transits the sun every 250 years, and it is happening in 2019.

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Solar Eclipse Pitcairn Islands

Dr Ian Griffin, Otago Museum Director, and Kane Fleury, Assistant Curator, Natural Sciences, are setting sail for the Pitcairn Islands to observe and photograph a total solar eclipse. 

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Sky Guide: April

Welcome to the Sky Guide, your monthly guide to what's happening in the heavens!

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The Month Ahead: July 2018

Looking for ways to escape the weather this July? Otago Museum is overflowing with exhibitions, talks, kids’ activities and immersive shows. Here’s a round-up of just some of the events taking place this month.

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Flight to the Lights 2: Back to the Lights

What do you imagine when you picture an aurora? For me it is curtains of green and pink, floating in the air as if suspended by a spider’s web. That image is mostly thanks to Disney movie depictions. In reality auroras are so variable, as I quickly learnt when we flew almost...

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Constellation of the Month: Delphinus

This is Delphinus – the Dolphin. It’s an ancient constellation, one of Ptolemy’s first 48. Despite its small size and non-descript squarish shape, this is a fairly easy constellation to find. By chance, everything else around this constellation is less impressive; it’s a bright little diamond off by itself.

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The Longest Night of the Year

This Wednesday 21 June , it will be the winter solstice – the shortest day and the longest night of the year. For astronomers this is a great time to get outside and dedicate hours to looking up. This is helped by the waxing crescent phase of the moon...

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Constellation of the Month: Coma Berenices

Coma Berenices is seen just below Virgo. It rose around midnight on 2 April and will be visible most of winter, until it sets in late July (around 11pm). Coma Berenices was originally an ancient asterism, and was recognised as an official constellation in 1603.

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Constellation of the Month: Carina

With long clear wintry nights providing great visibility for stargazing, our Perpetual Guardian Planetarium Sky Tonight presenter, Isobel Andrewartha would like to introduce you to the constellations. We’ll feature one each month.

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