Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

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Painting Credit: Vincent van Gogh

Digital Rendering: MoMAGoogle Arts & Culture, via Wikipedia

Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

The painting Starry Night is one of the most famous icons of the night sky ever created. The scene was painted by Vincent van Gogh in southern France in 1889.

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The swirling style of Starry Night appears, to many, to make the night sky come alive. Although van Gogh frequently portrayed real settings in his paintings, art historians do not agree on precisely what stars and planets are being depicted in Starry Night. The style of Starry Night is post-impressionism, a popular painting style at the end of the nineteenth century. The original Starry Night painting hangs in the Museum of Modern Art in New York CityNew YorkUSA.


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Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

Our next public meeting

Young Stars in the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud


Our next public meeting –

This Tuesday 26th November 2019

Our telescopes will be operating


On 26th November –

The Moon will not be visible.

Planets that may be visible if there’s a clear sky are –

Saturn (west, early evening only)

Jupiter and Venus (west, immediately after sunset only)

Uranus (north)


Bright Stars that should be visible are –

Achernar (centre sky)

Rigel and Sirius (east)

Canopus (south-east)


At 7.30pm the on-screen presentation will be –

 Topical astronomical events and presentations –


How big is the universe?

Why Venus spins backwards

Jupiter’s moons – investigations for life.


Young Stars in the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud

Young Stars

Image Credit: NASAJPL-CaltechWISE

How do stars form? To help find out, astronomers created this tantalizing false-colour composition of dust clouds and embedded newborn stars in infrared wavelengths with WISE, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The cosmic canvas features one of the closest star forming regions, part of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex some 400 light-years distant near the southern edge of the pronounceable constellation Ophiuchus. After forming along a large cloud of cold molecular hydrogen gas, young stars heat the surrounding dust to produce the infrared glow. Stars in the process of formation, called young stellar objects or YSOs, are embedded in the compact pinkish nebulae seen here, but are otherwise hidden from the prying eyes of optical telescopes. An exploration of the region in penetrating infrared light has detected emerging and newly formed stars whose average age is estimated to be a mere 300,000 years. That’s extremely young compared to the Sun’s age of 5 billion years. The prominent reddish nebula at the lower right surrounding the star Sigma Scorpii is a reflection nebula produced by dust scattering starlight. This view from WISE, released in 2012, spans almost 2 degrees and covers about 14 light-years at the estimated distance of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud.


In summary –

 Public meeting

Tuesday 26th November

Fergusson Park Observatory, Tilby Drive, Matua, Tauranga.


Viewing – both astronomical and on-screen

On-screen program at 7.30pm –

How big is the universe?


Admission to our meetings –

Door entry $5.

Members & children free.


Annual subscriptions are due –

$30 each adult

or $40 each family

$10 students.

Payment on-line or

cash at meetings.

No EFTPOS facility available.

On-line payment is easy, to –


Bank account number

03 0435 0659752 00

Please indicate

“Subscription” and your name.

Once payment is received your nametag(s) will be available at subsequent meetings.



Telescope viewing possible only with zero or minimum cloud cover.


Happy skies everyone.



Kevin Patmore


Tauranga Astronomical Society


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Affliated With:


With funding support from:


Slooh Space Camera


NASA astronomy picture of the day