Health Policy

VISITORS

 

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The Current capacity will be displayed if there are restrictions in place on each room and this must be followed as you move about the venue.

 

Hand cleaner is to be used upon entry, or after using rest-room facilities. Hand cleaner is available in each point of entry, feel free to use at any time.

 

Double Vaccination is required unless you have a medical certificate or are under current DHHS listed age.

 

Masks can be taken off when having refreshments or meals and it is preferred to have refreshments outside if the weather is suitable. If the weather is not suitable, Refreshments will be provided inside and masks can be put on again when you have finished eating.

 

Any unnecessary touching of objects is to be avoided, reducing the risk of transmission of bacteria and any virus, whether it is flu or covid or any other.

 

Your Safety and Staff Safety are our Objective, to that end these conditions may change at any time and so any last minute updates from DHHS will be announced upon your arrival.

 

If you are unwell, it is best to stay home, to protect us all. Thank you.

This Policy will be updated without notice if circumstances change and bookings notified if they are affected.

What’s in the Sky in April

April

  • 8th Luna Apogee, furthest distance from Earth for the month 05:10hr AEST 404,438.8km.
  • 8th Luna lowest altitude 27 degrees Nth.
  • The Emu, which contains the area of the Centre of our Milky Way Galaxy, is now rising in the East just after 9.00pm AEST. The Emu is formed by the dust lanes of the Milky Way with the head of the Emu just below the Southern Cross, the dark area also called the Coal Sack, as it it so dark except for BZ Crucis. BZ Crucis forms the eye of the Emu and is a 5th Magnitude Variable Star 1217 light years from our solar system.

 

 

  • 10th Pluto, Saturn, Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Neptune are all together in the morning sky before sunrise. Neptune is very close just East of Jupiter.

East
  • 20th Moon at Perigee 01:12hrs AEST, 365,143.7 km.
  • 22th Luna at it’s highest altitude, 27 degrees Sth.
  • 22nd Earth Day – marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

 

Telescopes

Federation-Adcock Telescope – wheelchair access.

 

Federation-Adcock Telescope

 

In October 1998, the Ballaarat Astronomical Society (BAS) applied for a Commonwealth Grant under the Federation Community Projects Program to construct a new reflecting telescope. It was proposed that this new telescope would be designed and housed to enable efficient use by disabled persons, specifically those confined to wheelchairs, the very young and the elderly. The grant for this project was approved in September 1999. BAS received $20,000 towards the project from the program and the final cost, not including 100’s hours of hours of Volunteer work, discounts and donations was closer to $50,000. A remarkable achievement for BAS and for the Community people and Businesses that supported the project.


The telescope at the time, was the latest in a series of novel designs produced by Mr Barry Adcock who is a member of BAS and of the Astronomical Society of Victoria. The telescope is described as a 40 cm Cassegrain reflector, having folded optics arranged in such a way that the eyepiece remains in one fixed position, regardless of where in the sky the telescope is being aimed. Thus, an observer sitting in a  wheelchair is able to view comfortably through an eyepiece that never moves.

Pathways were extended to the new telescope and an additional disability access Cafe and Rest Rooms were added to our existing small, well ventilated outside Facilities.  The original Garden Superintendents Cottage was moved from Eureka Park and this now houses disability access rooms, including an expanded library, cafe, kitchen, camera obscura, meeting room and restrooms.

What’s in the Sky in March

March

  • 11th Luna Apogee, furthest distance from Earth for the month 10:04hr AEDT 404,268.9km.
  • 12th Luna lowest altitude 27 degrees North.
  • 12th The Large Magellanic Cloud  (LMC) reaches highest altitude about 9.00pm AEDT at magnitude 0.28. The LMC is a spiral galaxy in Dorado at a distance of 160kly and a diameter of 29.7kly in diameter.  The Tarantula Nebula, NGC 2070 is located in this area and is magnitude 5. it is 1,833ly in diameter. The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) located nearby is a spiral Galaxy in Tucana and 200kly in distance and 17.5kly in diameter. visual magnitude is 2.29. These two irregular dwarf are members of our local group and are orbiting the Milky Way Galaxy.
  • Kourtchin (Boorong) refer to the Magellanic Clouds as the male (LMC) and female (SMC), Brolgas. Each cloud resembles the colour and pitted shell of the Brolga egg. Brolgas breed from October to April , when the clouds are at their highest, extending into nearby stars the larger one is trumpeting and the smaller one displaying, but dancing as a pair towards each other.

 

 

  • 12th Venus, Mars,Saturn then Mercury are rising before the Sun.
  • 11th Mercury has joined Saturn, Venus and Jupiter in a quadruple conjunction in the morning sky.
  • 21st Northward Equinox, 02:34hrs AEDT. The Sun crosses the Celestial Equator and moves into the Northern Hemisphere Sky.

  • 21st Jupiter is 1 dgree Nth of Mercury in the morning sky before sunrise.
  • 21st International Day of Forests – Trees are critical in maintaining the health of our Planet:
    A healthy 100-foot-tall tree has about 200,000 leaves. A tree this size can take 11,000 gallons of water from the soil and release it into the air again as oxygen and water vapor in a single growing season.
    * Native tree species support natural ecosystems by providing habitat and food for birds, mammals, and insects.
    * The planting of trees improves water quality. Tree’s complex root network reduces runoff and erosion. This allows more recharging of the ground water supply. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams. Studies show up to 88 percent of nitrate and 76 percent of phosphorus is reduced after agricultural runoff passes through a forested streamside buffer.
    * In addition to all these things, forested streamside buffers also filter sediment from streams, stabilize streambanks, shade and modify stream temperatures, sequester carbon to help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce downstream flooding. And the presence of mature trees in a buffer makes the stream wider.
    * A mature tree absorbs carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 pounds per year. In one year, an acre of forest can absorb twice the CO2 produced by the average car’s annual mileage.
    NONE of THE ABOVE OCCURS ON MARS OR ANY OTHER PLANET WE KNOW OF.
  • 24th Moon at Perigee 10:43hrs AEDT, 369,760.9 km.
  • 25th Luna at it’s highest altitude, 27 degrees.

 

What’s in the Sky in February

February

  • 5th Saturn in conjunction with the Sun.
  • 6th Luna lowest altitude 26 degrees North of the Celestial Equator.
  • 11th The Large Magellanic Cloud  (LMC) reaches highest altitude about 9.30pm AEDT at magnitude 0.28. The LMC is a spiral galaxy in Dorado at a distance of 160kly and a diameter of 29.7kly in diameter.  The Tarantula Nebula, NGC 2070 is located in this area and is magnitude 5. it is 1,833ly in diameter. The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) located nearby is a spiral Galaxy in Tucana and 200kly in distance and 17.5kly in diameter. visual magnitude is 2.29. These two irregular dwarf are members of our local group and are orbiting the Milky Way Galaxy.
  • Kourtchin (Boorong) refer to the Magellanic Clouds as the male (LMC) and female (SMC), brolgas. Each cloud resembles the colour and pitted shell of the brolga egg. Brolgas breed from October to April , when the clouds are at their highest, extending into nearby stars the larger one is trumpeting and the smaller one displaying, but dancing as a pair towards each other.

 

 

  • 11th Saturn, Venus, Mercury and Mars are rising before the Sun.
  • 11th Mercury has joined Saturn, Venus and Jupiter in a quadruple conjunction in the morningg sky.
  • 11th Luna Apogee, furthest distance from Earth for the month 12:38hr AEDT 404,898.3km.
  • 15th Venus a thin crescent, magnitude -4.9 a very bright object in the morning sky, distance 63,656,982km  27.4%illuminated.
  • 26th Luna at it’s highest altitude, 26 degrees South of the Celestial Equator.
  • 27th Moon at Perigee 8:26hrs AEDT, 367,792.0 km.
  • 28th Mars 3 degrees Nth and Venus 8 degrees  Nth of Luna.

 

Sunrise Sunset Astronomical Twilight Times 2022

Sunrise, Sunset & Twilight Times


Criteria

Location Latitude Longitude Date
Ballarat Observatory 37° 34′ S 143° 51′ E 2022 AEST

Results

Times Of Sunrise And Sunset
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set
1
05:07
19:49
05:39
19:37
06:09
19:05
06:38
18:19
07:05
17:38
07:30
17:15
2
05:08
19:49
05:40
19:37
06:10
19:03
06:39
18:17
07:06
17:37
07:31
17:14
3
05:08
19:49
05:41
19:36
06:11
19:02
06:40
18:16
07:07
17:36
07:31
17:14
4
05:09
19:49
05:42
19:35
06:12
19:01
06:41
18:14
07:08
17:35
07:32
17:14
5
05:10
19:49
05:43
19:34
06:13
18:59
06:42
18:13
07:09
17:34
07:33
17:13
6
05:11
19:49
05:44
19:33
06:14
18:58
06:43
18:12
07:09
17:33
07:33
17:13
7
05:12
19:49
05:45
19:32
06:15
18:56
06:44
18:10
07:10
17:32
07:34
17:13
8
05:13
19:49
05:46
19:31
06:16
18:55
06:44
18:09
07:11
17:31
07:34
17:13
9
05:14
19:49
05:48
19:30
06:17
18:53
06:45
18:07
07:12
17:30
07:35
17:13
10
05:15
19:49
05:49
19:29
06:18
18:52
06:46
18:06
07:13
17:29
07:35
17:13
11
05:16
19:49
05:50
19:28
06:19
18:50
06:47
18:04
07:14
17:28
07:36
17:12
12
05:17
19:49
05:51
19:26
06:20
18:49
06:48
18:03
07:15
17:27
07:36
17:12
13
05:18
19:48
05:52
19:25
06:21
18:48
06:49
18:02
07:15
17:26
07:37
17:12
14
05:19
19:48
05:53
19:24
06:22
18:46
06:50
18:00
07:16
17:26
07:37
17:12
15
05:20
19:48
05:54
19:23
06:23
18:45
06:51
17:59
07:17
17:25
07:38
17:12
16
05:21
19:47
05:55
19:22
06:24
18:43
06:52
17:57
07:18
17:24
07:38
17:12
17
05:22
19:47
05:56
19:21
06:24
18:42
06:52
17:56
07:19
17:23
07:38
17:13
18
05:23
19:47
05:57
19:19
06:25
18:40
06:53
17:55
07:20
17:22
07:39
17:13
19
05:24
19:46
05:59
19:18
06:26
18:39
06:54
17:53
07:20
17:22
07:39
17:13
20
05:25
19:46
06:00
19:17
06:27
18:37
06:55
17:52
07:21
17:21
07:39
17:13
21
05:26
19:45
06:01
19:16
06:28
18:35
06:56
17:51
07:22
17:20
07:39
17:13
22
05:27
19:45
06:02
19:14
06:29
18:34
06:57
17:49
07:23
17:20
07:40
17:13
23
05:28
19:44
06:03
19:13
06:30
18:32
06:58
17:48
07:24
17:19
07:40
17:14
24
05:30
19:43
06:04
19:12
06:31
18:31
06:59
17:47
07:24
17:18
07:40
17:14
25
05:31
19:43
06:05
19:10
06:32
18:29
07:00
17:46
07:25
17:18
07:40
17:14
26
05:32
19:42
06:06
19:09
06:33
18:28
07:01
17:44
07:26
17:17
07:40
17:15
27
05:33
19:41
06:07
19:08
06:34
18:26
07:01
17:43
07:27
17:17
07:40
17:15
28
05:34
19:41
06:08
19:06
06:35
18:25
07:02
17:42
07:27
17:16
07:40
17:15
29
05:35
19:40
06:35
18:23
07:03
17:41
07:28
17:16
07:40
17:16
30
05:36
19:39
06:36
18:22
07:04
17:40
07:29
17:15
07:40
17:16
31
05:37
19:38
06:37
18:20
07:29
17:15
Times Of Sunrise And Sunset
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set
1
07:40
17:17
07:24
17:37
06:46
18:03
06:01
18:28
05:18
18:58
04:57
19:30
2
07:40
17:17
07:23
17:38
06:45
18:04
05:59
18:29
05:17
18:59
04:57
19:31
3
07:40
17:17
07:23
17:39
06:43
18:05
05:57
18:30
05:16
19:00
04:57
19:32
4
07:40
17:18
07:22
17:40
06:42
18:06
05:56
18:31
05:15
19:01
04:57
19:33
5
07:40
17:18
07:21
17:41
06:40
18:06
05:54
18:32
05:14
19:02
04:56
19:34
6
07:40
17:19
07:19
17:42
06:39
18:07
05:53
18:33
05:13
19:03
04:56
19:34
7
07:39
17:20
07:18
17:42
06:37
18:08
05:51
18:34
05:12
19:05
04:56
19:35
8
07:39
17:20
07:17
17:43
06:36
18:09
05:50
18:34
05:11
19:06
04:56
19:36
9
07:39
17:21
07:16
17:44
06:34
18:10
05:49
18:35
05:10
19:07
04:56
19:37
10
07:38
17:21
07:15
17:45
06:33
18:11
05:47
18:36
05:09
19:08
04:56
19:38
11
07:38
17:22
07:14
17:46
06:31
18:11
05:46
18:37
05:08
19:09
04:57
19:39
12
07:38
17:23
07:13
17:47
06:30
18:12
05:44
18:38
05:07
19:10
04:57
19:39
13
07:37
17:23
07:12
17:47
06:28
18:13
05:43
18:39
05:07
19:11
04:57
19:40
14
07:37
17:24
07:10
17:48
06:27
18:14
05:41
18:40
05:06
19:12
04:57
19:41
15
07:36
17:25
07:09
17:49
06:25
18:15
05:40
18:41
05:05
19:13
04:57
19:42
16
07:36
17:25
07:08
17:50
06:24
18:15
05:39
18:42
05:04
19:14
04:58
19:42
17
07:35
17:26
07:07
17:51
06:22
18:16
05:37
18:43
05:04
19:15
04:58
19:43
18
07:35
17:27
07:05
17:52
06:21
18:17
05:36
18:44
05:03
19:16
04:58
19:44
19
07:34
17:27
07:04
17:52
06:19
18:18
05:34
18:45
05:02
19:17
04:59
19:44
20
07:34
17:28
07:03
17:53
06:17
18:19
05:33
18:46
05:02
19:19
04:59
19:45
21
07:33
17:29
07:02
17:54
06:16
18:20
05:32
18:47
05:01
19:20
05:00
19:45
22
07:32
17:30
07:00
17:55
06:14
18:21
05:30
18:48
05:01
19:21
05:00
19:46
23
07:32
17:30
06:59
17:56
06:13
18:21
05:29
18:49
05:00
19:22
05:01
19:46
24
07:31
17:31
06:58
17:56
06:11
18:22
05:28
18:50
05:00
19:23
05:01
19:47
25
07:30
17:32
06:56
17:57
06:10
18:23
05:27
18:51
04:59
19:24
05:02
19:47
26
07:30
17:33
06:55
17:58
06:08
18:24
05:25
18:52
04:59
19:25
05:02
19:47
27
07:29
17:33
06:53
17:59
06:07
18:25
05:24
18:53
04:58
19:26
05:03
19:48
28
07:28
17:34
06:52
18:00
06:05
18:26
05:23
18:54
04:58
19:27
05:04
19:48
29
07:27
17:35
06:51
18:01
06:04
18:26
05:22
18:55
04:58
19:28
05:04
19:48
30
07:26
17:36
06:49
18:01
06:02
18:27
05:21
18:56
04:57
19:29
05:05
19:49
31
07:25
17:37
06:48
18:02
05:19
18:57
05:06
19:49
Times Of Astronomical Twilight
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set
1
03:13
21:42
03:57
21:19
04:38
20:36
05:11
19:46
05:36
19:07
05:57
18:47
2
03:15
21:42
03:59
21:17
04:39
20:34
05:12
19:44
05:37
19:06
05:58
18:47
3
03:16
21:42
04:00
21:16
04:40
20:33
05:13
19:43
05:38
19:05
05:58
18:47
4
03:17
21:42
04:02
21:15
04:42
20:31
05:14
19:41
05:39
19:04
05:59
18:47
5
03:18
21:42
04:04
21:13
04:43
20:29
05:15
19:40
05:39
19:03
05:59
18:47
6
03:19
21:41
04:05
21:12
04:44
20:28
05:16
19:38
05:40
19:02
06:00
18:47
7
03:20
21:41
04:07
21:11
04:45
20:26
05:17
19:37
05:41
19:02
06:00
18:46
8
03:21
21:41
04:08
21:09
04:46
20:24
05:18
19:35
05:41
19:01
06:01
18:46
9
03:23
21:40
04:10
21:08
04:48
20:23
05:18
19:34
05:42
19:00
06:01
18:46
10
03:24
21:40
04:11
21:06
04:49
20:21
05:19
19:33
05:43
18:59
06:02
18:46
11
03:25
21:39
04:13
21:05
04:50
20:19
05:20
19:31
05:44
18:58
06:02
18:46
12
03:27
21:39
04:14
21:03
04:51
20:18
05:21
19:30
05:44
18:57
06:02
18:46
13
03:28
21:38
04:16
21:02
04:52
20:16
05:22
19:29
05:45
18:57
06:03
18:46
14
03:30
21:37
04:17
21:00
04:53
20:14
05:23
19:27
05:46
18:56
06:03
18:46
15
03:31
21:37
04:19
20:59
04:54
20:13
05:24
19:26
05:47
18:55
06:04
18:46
16
03:32
21:36
04:20
20:57
04:55
20:11
05:24
19:25
05:47
18:55
06:04
18:46
17
03:34
21:35
04:22
20:55
04:56
20:10
05:25
19:23
05:48
18:54
06:04
18:47
18
03:35
21:34
04:23
20:54
04:58
20:08
05:26
19:22
05:49
18:53
06:05
18:47
19
03:37
21:33
04:24
20:52
04:59
20:06
05:27
19:21
05:49
18:53
06:05
18:47
20
03:39
21:32
04:26
20:51
05:00
20:05
05:28
19:20
05:50
18:52
06:05
18:47
21
03:40
21:31
04:27
20:49
05:01
20:03
05:28
19:18
05:51
18:52
06:05
18:47
22
03:42
21:30
04:29
20:47
05:02
20:01
05:29
19:17
05:51
18:51
06:05
18:47
23
03:43
21:29
04:30
20:46
05:03
20:00
05:30
19:16
05:52
18:51
06:06
18:48
24
03:45
21:28
04:31
20:44
05:04
19:58
05:31
19:15
05:53
18:50
06:06
18:48
25
03:46
21:27
04:33
20:43
05:05
19:57
05:32
19:14
05:53
18:50
06:06
18:48
26
03:48
21:26
04:34
20:41
05:06
19:55
05:32
19:12
05:54
18:49
06:06
18:49
27
03:49
21:25
04:35
20:39
05:07
19:53
05:33
19:11
05:54
18:49
06:06
18:49
28
03:51
21:24
04:37
20:38
05:08
19:52
05:34
19:10
05:55
18:49
06:06
18:49
29
03:53
21:23
05:08
19:50
05:35
19:09
05:56
18:48
06:06
18:50
30
03:54
21:21
05:09
19:49
05:35
19:08
05:56
18:48
06:06
18:50
31
03:56
21:20
05:10
19:47
05:57
18:48
Times Of Astronomical Twilight
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set
1
06:06
18:50
05:54
19:08
05:19
19:30
04:32
19:57
03:41
20:36
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18:51
05:53
19:08
05:18
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04:30
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03:39
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03:06
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18:51
05:53
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06:06
18:52
05:52
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5
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18:52
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6
06:06
18:52
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03:33
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7
06:06
18:53
05:49
19:12
05:11
19:35
04:22
20:03
03:32
20:44
03:04
21:28
8
06:06
18:53
05:48
19:12
05:09
19:36
04:20
20:04
03:31
20:46
03:04
21:29
9
06:06
18:54
05:47
19:13
05:08
19:37
04:18
20:06
03:29
20:47
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10
06:05
18:54
05:46
19:14
05:06
19:37
04:17
20:07
03:28
20:49
03:03
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11
06:05
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05:45
19:15
05:04
19:38
04:15
20:08
03:27
20:50
03:03
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12
06:05
18:55
05:44
19:15
05:03
19:39
04:13
20:09
03:25
20:52
03:03
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13
06:05
18:56
05:43
19:16
05:01
19:40
04:12
20:10
03:24
20:54
03:03
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14
06:04
18:56
05:42
19:17
05:00
19:41
04:10
20:12
03:23
20:55
03:03
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15
06:04
18:57
05:41
19:17
04:58
19:42
04:08
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16
06:04
18:58
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20:58
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17
06:03
18:58
05:39
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04:55
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18
06:03
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05:37
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19
06:02
18:59
05:36
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19:45
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06:02
19:00
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21
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04:49
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22
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23
06:00
19:02
05:31
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24
06:00
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25
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28
05:57
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29
05:56
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30
05:56
19:06
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19:29
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19:56
03:44
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What’s in the Sky in January

January

  • At this time of the year the Great Orion Nebula is rising in the East. The Boorong call this constellation Kulkunbulla, a number of young men dancing. Just East of Orion is the brightest star in the sky, Sirius, Alpha Canis major, which also forms the body of Warepil, the Wedge-tailed Eagle, Australia’s largest bird.
  • 2nd Lunar Perigee, closest approach for the month 09:55hr AEDT, Dist. 352,904km.
  • 3rd Perihelion of C/2021 A1 (Leonard) reaches periapse, the point in it’s orbit nearest to the focus of gravitational attraction, the Sun. Image:JBailey Comet Leonard 20 sec.f/2.8 50 mm ISO 3200 Canon EOS 5D Mark lll 21:27hrs AEDT
  • Leonard
  • 4rd Earth is at Perihelion, closest approach to the Sun at 147.1 million km, peri means close, apo means far, and helios means the Sun. Currently occurring about 2 weeks after the December Solstice, the furthest the Sun travels South, the Tropic of Capricorn. In 1246, the December Solstice was on the same day as the Earth reached its perihelion. Since then, the perihelion and aphelion dates have drifted by a day every 58 years. The dates can vary by up to 2 days each year.
  • 4th the waning gibbous Moon will be good for the expected Quadrantid meteor shower (QUA) active December 28th to Januaray 12th, maximum on January 3rd 20h40m UT – (4th Jan 07:40hrs AEDT), expected ZHR = 120 (can vary ≈ 60–200).  Here in Ballarat the Radiant point doesn’t rise until after 10:30hrs AEDT and so the meteor shower is below the NE-N horizon but it maybe possible to see the end of bright meteors coming from north of Arcturus,below the horizon.
  • 7th Latest sunset of the Year 21:49:25hrs AEDT at the Observatory.
  • 7th Mercury at greatest elongation East 19Degrees East of the Sun, Saturn, Jupiter and distant Pluto are setting just after the Sun.
  • 6th Saturn Setting at 22:23hrs AEDT, dist 1,614,066,381km, mag. 0.7.
  • 6th Jupiter 4 degrees Nth of the Moon, distance 842, 258,288km, mag. -2.1.
  • 14th Luna Apogee, furthest distance from Earth for the month 20:26hr AEDT 405,804.5km.
  • 18th Asteroid (7482) 1994  PC1 was discovered by Robert H. McNaught  on 9th August 1994. 7482 is more than twice the size of the Empire State Building and will come within 1.98 million kilometers of the Earth on January 18, according to NASA. At between 1 and 1.3 kilometers wide, NASA considers asteroid 7482 ‘potentially hazardous,’ with the Davidson Institute of Science calculating asteroids over 140 meters would release at least a thousand times more energy than the first atomic bomb on impact with Earth, while an asteroid over 300 meters could destroy an entire continent. Of course, any chances of such an impact are entirely unlikely, as the closest 7482 is likely to come to Earth is more than five times the distance of that between the Earth and the Moon, and it is also not alone in being a potentially hazardous asteroid passing by this month. Asteroid 2013 YD48 will fly past Earth January 12 around 5.59 million kilometers away, and asteroid 2017 XC62 will pass around 7.2 million kilometers away on January 24. NASA Link to Video about potentially hazardous asteroids)
  • 30th Lunar Perigee, 2nd for the month, and 2nd closest 18:11hr AEDT, Dist. 362,252.4km