Notice of Next Meeting
Our next monthly meeting takes place on:
- Date: Wednesday 9 November 2016
- Time: 19h30
- Location: Jhb. Observatory
- Presenter: TBA
- Topic: TBA
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.
Braai and Sky
Our next monthly Braai and Sky takes place on:
- Date: Sunday 30 October 2016
- 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 – 15 & 29
- Feb – 12
- Mar – 04 & 18
- Apr – 08 & 15
- May – 06 & 13
- Jun – 10 & 24
- Jul – 15 & 29
- Aug – 12 & 26 ( 26 Aug. Cancelled)
- Sep – 09 & 23 ( 23 Sep. Cancelled)
- Oct – 07 & 21 ( 07 Oct Moved to 08 October for InOMN See Below)
- Nov – 04 & 25
- Dec – 09
Public Viewing Evenings take place at the Observatory – click here for directions and a map to the Observatory.
In the Night Sky
World Space Week: 4 – 10 October.
An international celebration of science and technology and their betterment of the human condition.
An International Observe the Moon Night. This is a world-wide celebration of our nearest Solar System neighbour – the Moon! Many aspiring, families and friends should get together on visible moon nights, holding moon watch gatherings. For the full Months Moon calendar refer to Canopus.
The moon is visible from first quarter to last quarter from:
4 -27 October.
The Orionids will be visible from 2 October. Peaking around 20 October and visible until 7 November. The best viewing time will be right before dusk and just after midnight. The Draconids will be in visible in our skies around & and 8 October.
The Sun in October:
As we move further into spring so our sun rises earlier. From the winters dark mornings watch how our sunrises:
- 01/10/2016 sunrise 5:47 sunset 18:08
- 15/10/2016 sunrise 5:33 sunset 18:14
- 20/10/2016 sunrise 5:28 sunset 18.17
- 31/10/2016 sunrise 5:19 sunset 13:05
Some things to turn your telescope on
The Large Magellanic
The Small Magellanic cloud
M47 The Toucan in Toucana
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