Early evening penumbral lunar eclipse

Early evening penumbral lunar eclipse. Maximum eclipse will occur at 7.43 pm AEST / 8.43 pm AEDT. You may notice a slight darkening on the bottom left hand side of the moon. Penumbral eclipses are usually disappointing as the Moon is only passing through the lightest part of the Earth’s shadow. The darkening will be…

Geminid meteor shower

Early morning observers can observe the peak of the Geminid meteor shower. These meteors are caused by dust released by the asteroid 3200 Phaethon impacting the Earth’s upper atmosphere at a speed of 35 kilometers per second (126,000 kilometers per hour!). Under ideal conditions, 150 plus meteors will be visible per hour. Being South of…