Wellington’s Carter Observatory is closed for renovations, but they have a cool 4 minute video on the site.
The educational displays are to be redesigned over the next few months, so that by reopening time we will have a variety of world class exhibits, hands-on demonstrations and shows. These will cover all aspects of astronomy including Polynesian astronomy, the astronomy of Cook’s voyages, our Solar System and other planetary systems, stars, cosmology and the possibility of other life in the Universe.
It is hoped that the Observatory will reopen in November.
I’m looking forward to the newly renovated observatory. I haven’t yet made it up there to watch a planetarium show or to look through the telescops, but when I have visited in the past during the day it seemed a rather sad little place, although the staff were friendly.
It sounds as though it’ll be much better designed for visitors, and the website’s being overhauled too.
Meanwhile, tomorrow night (28 August 2007), people are gathering at Te Rae Kai Hau Point on the South Coast to watch the lunar eclipse. The moon first enters Earth’s penumbra at about 8 pm local time; totality will last for about 90 minutes, from 9:52 pm to 11:22 pm.
for NZ viewers the Moon will be well round towards the east and rotated so that the shadow appears at the bottom of the Moon. Over the next hour the shadow will move up the Moon which will become a very dull and possibly coppery colour. As the Moon loses brightness so more and more stars will appear.
The cloud’s already come in tonight after a relatively clear day. Fingers crossed for clear skies tomorrow.