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Western Australia's oldest observatory is located 25km east of Perth in Bickley. The Observatory has served WA for 118 years and remains actively involved in the service of public education. In recognition of its scientific, cultural and historical significance, the Observatory was entered on the state's Heritage Register in 2005. Perth Observatory is part of the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
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|Night Sky Report: 17 November 2014
The Leonid meteor display occurs once a year in November, when the Earth passes through the debris left in the wake of comet Tempel-Tuttle orbiting the Sun. Peak activity occurred over the weekend. Jupiter’s in Leo. It comes up at about 1:15am, in the ENE, and is by far the brightest starlike object you can see. By daybreak it’s prominent in the NE sky. If you’re gazing steadfastly toward Jupiter you might see the occasional meteor. The presence of the waning crescent moon nearby isn’t going to improve your prospects of seeing meteors. New moon’s next Saturday, too late to be of much use to meteor hunters. Mars is the only planet easily visible in the evenings. While it's not outstanding, it is the brightest starlike object in the western sky at nightfall. The red planet is in Sagittarius - wonder what the astrologers will make of that: the god of war in the sign of the archer? From Wednesday on, the ISS will be making a series of evening passes visible in the south-west of the
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