Telescope viewing Friday 15th March


The featured image is the Orion Nebula

(Source: EarthSky)

The Orion Nebula is a place where new stars are being born. It’s a diffuse nebula in our galaxy (The Milky Way). As viewed from the Earth the nebula is in the Orion constellation. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. View it through our telescopes on Friday night, 15th March 2019.


Telescope viewing this Friday 15th March

Our observatory will be open to the public this Friday where we will be operating our telescopes.

The Moon will be ideal for viewing at about 27% illumination meaning that the craters will be nicely visible. Later in the evening when it gets darker, other targets such as the nebula in Orion and star clusters will also be visible.


…but there won’t be any planets to see.,com

After 8.30pm when it is dark enough we can look at the Orion constellation (above), and star clusters. The latter are groups of stars which are gravitationally bound.


We see above the position of the Pleiades star cluster in relation to the Orion constellation and the bright star Aldebran.



Telescope viewing then –

Friday 15th March at 8pm

Fergusson Park Observatory, Tilby Drive, Matua, Tauranga.


Admission to our meetings –

A donation of $5 is requested.

Members & children free.


Annual membership

$30 each adult

or $40 for families.

$10 for tertiary students.




Telescope viewing is subject to cloud cover.




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With funding support from:


Slooh Space Camera


NASA astronomy picture of the day