Monday, March 31, 2008

Southern Skywatch is 10! (and the April 2008 issue is now up)

Southern Skywatch, the April 2008 edition, is now up.

With this issue, Southern Skywatch turns 10! Ten years of monthly sky columns, some late, some very late, but most on time. We have seen Eclipses, occultations, Leonid meteor showers and transits of Mercury and Venus.

The original inspiration for Southern skywatch started with some occasional sky watching notes I posted to the Australian ABC's "Science Matters" discussion group. Ian Allen of the ABC science online group suggested that I write a monthly web page and the ABC kindly provided some logos and images and a link, and the rest was history.

I've had a great 10 years and hope to be doing Southern Skywatch for many more. I' working on some ideas to celebrate this anniversary, so keep tuned!

In the meantime, watch the sky. We have close approaches of the Moon, Mercury and Venus. Mars near Mebsuta, the Moon, Saturn and Regulus forming close patterns and occultations of Neptune and Antares! Happy sky watching!

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