About the Perth Observatory
Western Australia's oldest observatory is located 25km east of Perth in Bickley. The Observatory has served the state of WA for over 100 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. The Perth Observatory is part of the Department of Parks and Wildlife.  
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Night Sky Report - 26 August 2014blog logo
At present the moon’s in the last stages of waning crescent phase, the early morning crescent moon. New moon (no moon) phase was yesterday. After that, the waxing crescent moon will be the most obvious feature in the early evening sky. Look for Mars and Saturn high up in the WNW at nightfall. If you check at about the same time each night, you can monitor the changes in their positions relative to each other. Mars does most of the moving. The red planet and the ringed planet will be within a few degrees of each other for the next week or so, after which Mars will move on. This is typical planetary movement – remember that planet means wanderer. Bear in mind as well that Mars and Saturn are really nowhere near each other – it’s just how they appear from our point of view. Mars is about 200 million km from here. Saturn’s about 7.5 times as far! By next week Mercury will be visible above the western horizon at dusk, and Jupiter will be rising more than an hour ahead of the sun, to be above the horizon in the ENE at daybreak.
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Find out what you might see on a night tour with our online tours calendar for 2013-14. Includes starting times for tours as well. A great tool to help you plan your visit.
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Significant astronomical events are included in our online astronomical events calendar. A handy reference tool to help you understand the night sky.
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Rise and set times for the Sun, Moon and twilight for Western Australia until the year 2026 can be found in our:
online solar, lunar and twilight calendar.
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Perth Observatory
337 Walnut Rd, BICKLEY WA 6076
Tel: (08) 9293 8255
Fax: (08) 9293 8138
Email: perth.observatory@dpaw.wa.gov.au
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The Perth Observatory cannot provide the following information for use in statutory declarations for evidence in a court of law: natural lighting, rise/set phenomena, lunar phases and illumination.

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