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Wondering what a micro-Moon is 🤔? A short bit with @1newsnz about tomorrow’s supposed ‘harvest micro-moon’. I’m very scientific with my globe models, but distance not to scale 😂. #fullMoon #micromoon #apogee #perigee #astronomy
Mōrena e te whānau 🌞. Ko tēnei te wiki o Te Reo Māori! This week is Māori language week here in Aotearoa New Zealand. I made it my goal last tau/year to begin learning our beautiful reo/language. Ive seen the importance of its use not only in my career teaching, but in the core our culture. I was fortunate enough to have been able to trace my whakapapa/genealogy all the way back to my early tipuna/ancestors and find their marae and kāinga/home. I feel so much more confident in not only speaking our reo, but practicing it actively in my every day life. I encourage everyone here in Aotearoa to learn a different kupu/word every rā/day this week. It can be something as simple as learning how to pronounce place names correctly. I still have many years to go until I hope to be fluent, but I am learning more every day. I will be posting different kupu I use when teaching astronomy on my story all week 🙂. Kia kaha tātau ki te kōrero Māori! #maorilanguageweek #tewikiotereomāori
It’s been raining for about three weeks here in Auckland but I’ve finally had a bit of time to get the scope out. I don’t get as much time as I once did to get out photographing and using my telescope, but it still brings me joy the same as the day I first started gazing up. Our Moon will always be a favourite target for me 😊🌘.
One of the most exciting missions for me is the upcoming @nasa Dragonfly mission to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. This rotorcraft will fly around Titan by air, studying it’s complex surface features and lakes of methane. I instantly felt like drawing this when this was announced. Not sure if Saturn would really be visible through Titans thick atmosphere, but hey, I’d like to think so 🤪. iPad Pro + Apple Pencil + @procreate
Saturn passing over our Moon tonight! They may look close, but Saturn lies over 1.3 billion kilometres away from Earth and our Moon. I was luckily to capture this tonight when there was a break in the clouds and rain just after sunset. This image is a composite of two different exposures to compensate for the differing brightness between the two. Our Moon is extremely bright and washes out the faint Saturn in comparison. The video shows you how faint and small Saturn appears next to an almost-full Moon. The image of Saturn was created by stacking frames from a higher exposure video. Did anyone else here in Aotearoa spot this close conjunction? 🤗
Our star, the Sun, is just 1 of the roughly 200-400 billion stars that make up our galaxy we call the Milky Way. The Milky Way just 1 of the estimated 100-200 billion galaxies in our observable universe. We may be small, but our understanding of our place within the universe certainly isn’t 🌌. Drawing by me. IPad Pro + Apple Pencil + @procreate 📱.
The beautiful Rongo / Saturn from my balcony last night with three of her moons; Titan, Rhea, and Dione. Titan is larger that the planet Mercury, and holds a thick nitrogen-rich atmosphere that allow the flow of liquid hydrocarbons on its surface. Rhea and Dione are smaller icy moons with heavily cratered yet highly reflective surfaces. Swipe right for Titan>Rhea>Dione.
Nga mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Maori, ki a tatou katoa! Wishing everyone a wonderful Matariki to celebrate the new year here in Aotearoa! Most of you will know this star cluster as the Pleiades, but we know them here in Aotearoa as Matariki. The rising of Matariki in our morning skies brings the new year and resets te Maramataka, our Lunar calendar. 🌌 Segment with @1newsnz 👍🏼
Debuting my tattoos on TV 🤪. A short bit with @erinwells101 on @whatnownz about Matariki! Thanks for having me! I watched this show every Sunday morning as a kid, and it’s super cool to now be able to share my passion to other kiwi kids! Full segment is on TNVZ on demand 😉.
Quasars are extremely powerful and distant objects that lie at the center of many galaxies. Most are powered by supermassive black holes and emit high amounts of electromagnetic radiation and jets of matter, and the luminosity can often outshine the brightness of an entire galaxy. The brightest known quasar is over 4 trillion times brighter than our Sun ⚡️ iPad Pro + Apple Pencil + Procreate. Thanks for the drawing suggestion @tandytimes 😉.