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27 Dec 2017

Quadrantids Meteor Shower

Short Peak

The Quadrantids Meteor Shower is usually active between the end of December and the second week of January, and peaks around January 3 to January 4. Unlike other meteor showers that tend to stay at their peak for about two days, the peak period of the Quadrantids is only for a few hours.

Defunct Constellation

The shower owes its name to the now defunct constellation Quadrans Muralis. The constellation was left off a list of constellations drawn out by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 1922, but because the shower had already been named after Quadrans Muralis, its name was not changed. The Quadrantids is also sometimes called Bootids after the modern constellation, Boötes.

The Quadrantids are associated with an asteroid – the 2003 EH1. The asteroid takes about 5.5 years to orbit around the Sun.

Where to View the Quadrantids

Observers in the Northern Hemisphere are the best suited to view the Quadrantids Meteor Shower.

While it is not necessary to look in a particular direction to enjoy a meteor shower, astronomers suggest lying down on the ground looking towards the North and look at the sky above you to view the Quadrantids.

How to Watch Meteor Showers

  • Check the weather: Meteors, or shooting stars, are easy to spot, all you need is clear skies and a pair of eyes.
  • Get out of town: Find a place as far away as possible from artificial lights
  • Prepare to wait: Bring something to sit or lie down on. Star gazing is a waiting game, so get comfortable.

Image: NASA/MSFC/MEO

16 Oct 2017

Are You Ready For Bots Inside Your Body?

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10 Oct 2017

Is This the EM Drive Missing Link?

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31 Aug 2017

AUCKGEDDON IS COMING!

#Auckgeddon is coming! THE entertainment event of the year is approaching, and our plans have never been bigger.

This years Auckland event, held once again at the ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane over Labour Weekend from Friday night October 20th until Monday October 23rd with new exhibits, displays and some of our biggest guests ever! Gamers can look out for the Logitech E Sport arena and gaming events, spectacular displays of the latest gaming and technology products from Nintendo, PlayStation, Disney, Total Interactive, Samsung, Hewlett Packard, Warner Brothers and more!

New this year is the addition of three evening Drive in Movies events (tickets required), huge outdoor area with lasertag, airsoft, zombies and more, a larger stage 2 for bigger panels, gaming panels and discussions and more being planned. The international guest line-up for this event for #Auckgeddon is beyond amazing, with guests coming from Star Trek, Doctor Who, Arrow, Firefly, Guardians of the Galaxy, Supernatural, Teen Wolf, Stargate Universe, Grimm, Archer, Pokémon, Halo and more!

Announcements start on June 23rd with one incredible guest, but that’s just the beginning, with a second tremendous guest being announced June 30th. All guests will then be announced throughout July with the final guest announced by July 28th, and tickets going on sale from August 1st through www.iticket.co.nz 

This website will be updated regularly with exhibitors, events and activities. Ticketing costs and details are listed on the general info tab under Auckland.

See You There !

30 Aug 2017

Sydney SciFi Film Festival

The Sydney SciFi Film Festival takes place this year SEPTEMBER 9th through the 13TH. You won’t want to miss this one!

19 Jul 2017

The Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity on 13 August 2017. Some shooting stars associated with the shower are expected to be visible each night from 23 Jul to 20 Aug.

12 Jun 2017

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