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Our Andean stripe knee tarantula (formerly known as orange striped birdeater tarantula), has moulted! Moulting is a natural process that tarantulas and other arachnids go through in order to grow. They shed their old skin (exoskeleton), by wriggling free of it, then form a new one. The process is very strenuous and energy-consuming...
As darkness falls this week, there’s a fine celestial display in the south-western sky as the planet Mercury pops into view and sails past Saturn. With the sun setting at about 9pm there really is no excuse for local stargazers not to hotfoot it to a local beauty spot with a good view to the south-west and enjoy the spectacle. Once the sun has set, the planet Venus will be the first object you will see as the sky darkens. Often mistaken for an unidentified flying object, the second planet from the sun is spectacularly bright; at sunset it stands just about twenty degrees (or one handspan at arm’s length)...
Otago Museum’s Perpetual Guardian Planetarium will soon become the first 3D planetarium in the Southern Hemisphere with the launch of We are Stars - 3D on Saturday 17 December.
Here at Otago Museum’s Tropical Forest we don’t breed our own butterflies. If we did, the caterpillars would eat all of the foliage and the forest would be unsustainable. Instead, we bring our butterflies in from Costa Rica and the Philippines...
Otago Museum has discovered that it is home to what appears to be the oldest telescope in New Zealand.
Both the Otago Museum and Space Place in Wellington have telescopes within their collections made by James Short (1710–1768), a highly significant 18th century telescope maker, who studied classics, divinity and mathematics at Edinburgh University...
Suddenly November is here and it’s another lively month at the Museum, with plenty of options for entertainment, education, or creativity.
Q & A with Henry Gard.
The Otago Museum is a busy place, with over 350,000 people through our doors in the last year. A number of these visitors are researchers who have requested access to our world-class collection of 1.5 million+ objects to support their studies.
Back in July 2015, I described a difficult celestial challenge which I intended to overcome. I set out to spot a marvellous object which astronomers call the great galaxy in Andromeda – a collection of a billion stars some two million light years from Earth.
The 18th annual Otago Wildlife Photography Competition, an Otago Museum institution, opens for entries on Monday 14 November 2016.
The moon is new next Monday (31 October) at 6.40am, which means we are entering the part of the month known as ‘dark of the moon’. Of course with the nights getting shorter in the run up to the summer solstice, the amount of darkness is decreasing with each passing day, but with the sun setting just before 8.30pm and rising at around 6.15am, Otago skywatchers still get to enjoy almost ten hours of stargazing this week...
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