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The Great Conjunction

21 December 2020 marks the Summer Solstice or “longest day” here in New Zealand.  This year, it will also be the date of a Great Conjunction featuring our solar system’s two largest planets, the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn.  A conjunction is the term used to describe an event where two or more celestial bodies …

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Photographing the Moon

As I write this, it’s 50 years to the day since a giant Saturn V rocket rumbled off the launchpad to begin the “successful failure” that was the Apollo 13 mission. Amidst a global pandemic at the present time, most of our thoughts are much closer to home and right now we find more in …

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