Notice of Next Meeting
Our next monthly meeting takes place on:
- Date: Thursday 18 January 2018
- Time: 19h30
- Location: Jhb. Observatory
- Presenter: Clyde Foster
- Topic: An Introduction to high resolution planetary imaging
- Donation: R20 pp for tea and snacks
Meetings generally last about one and a half hours, and include a 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 28 January 2018
- 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 – 23 Lunar Phase 1st Quarter
- Mar – 23 Lunar Phase 1st Quarter
- Apr – 20 Lunar Phase 1st Quarter
- May – 18 Lunar Phase 17%
- Jun – 22 Lunar Phase 73%
- Jul – 20 Lunar Phase 60%
- Aug – 17 Lunar Phase 1st Quarter
- Sep – 14 Lunar Phase 28%
- Oct – 12 Lunar Phase 14%
- Nov – 16 Lunar Phase 60%
- Donation: R20 pp. Children under 15 free.
Public Viewing Evenings take place at the Observatory – click here for directions and a map to the Observatory.
In the Night Sky
Night Skies in January
We have travelled the Earth and had such fun. Where ever we were we might have found the sun or the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!
Nothing will compare to sharing our nights with the heavens above.
December nights took us through flights of stars’, but in January, we will see Mars!
Before Sunrise on the 7th of January draw an imaginary line from the sunrise point on the horizon, there you will see Mars, Jupiter and Mercury all in a line.
Have a look at the brightest star, Sirius, see if you can draw Canis Major.
Puzzle over the tiny misty dipper, Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters.
Have fun and enjoy our January Sky.
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