Notice of Next Meeting
Our next monthly meeting takes place on:
- Date: Wednesday 12 July 2017
- Time: 19h30
- Location: Jhb. Observatory
- Presenter: Tim Cooper
- Topic: Observing the potential meteor shower from Comet C/2015 D4 (Borisov).
- Donation: R20 pp for tea and snacks
Meetings generally last about one and a half hours, and include a Beginners Corner, Topic of Interest, What’s Up in the Night Sky, and the Main Speaker’s Presentation. Tea and coffee are served afterwards. Visitors are welcome.
Sky and Braai
Our next monthly Braai takes place on:
- Date: Sunday 25 June 2017
- Time: 16h30
- Location: Jhb. Observatory, Top of the hill at the Herbert Baker Library. Map.
- Topic: Whats Up – a detailed overview af some objects.
- Donation: R20 pp for the fire wood. Children under 15 free.
- 16h30 – Arrival and Fires started
- 17h00 – Braai
- 18h00 – Presentation
- 18h20 – 10 min Break
- 18h30 – Viewing
- 20h00 – close domes and lock up.
Our fire glows warmly with a spirit of friendship settling to waft delicious aromas that pervade the olfactory nerves, creating intense appeal for taste buds.
Public Viewing Evenings:
- Jan –
- Feb –
- Mar –
- 21 Apr – 0% Moon Illumination
- 5 May – 77% Moon Illumination
- 19 May – 0% Moon Illumination
- 2 Jun – 64% Moon Illumination
- 16 Jun – 0% Moon Illumination
- 30 Jun – 48% Moon Illumination
- 14 Jul – 0% Moon Illumination
- 28 July – 33% Moon Illumination
- 11 Aug – 0% Moon Illumination
- 25 Aug – 18% Moon Illumination
- 15 Sep – 0% Moon Illumination
- 29 Sep – 66% Moon Illumination
- 13 Oct – 0% Moon Illumination
- 27 Oct – 49% Moon Illumination
- 10 Nov – 0% Moon Illumination
- 24 Nov – 32% Moon Illumination
Public Viewing Evenings take place at the Observatory – click here for directions and a map to the Observatory.
In the Night Sky
The Night sky for June
With the winter solstice already on our doorstep. Our telescopes should be out, dusted and made ready for stargazing, night upon starry night.
See Jupiter, its beautiful bands and great red spot. Saturn, our queen of the night as she rises in the East.
Look at the moon and trace Arstoteles, a crater, the highlight of the month.
The distances between stars is really vast. Think of a light year – about 10 trillion KM long. Stars can be light years apart.
Is the alumni in the science world of astronomy considering star travel?
Imagine…. visiting Alpha Centauri – only at 4.3lightyears away.
Be practical or dream and read about it in Canopus.
Source: Universe Today
Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain)
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Source: Universe Today
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