Visitors to the Observatory must fill in an indemnity form.
The forms are available from the ASSAJhb coordinator at the event or can be downloaded from the link.
Completed forms must be handed to the ASSAJHB coordinator.

Notice of Next Meeting

Our next monthly meeting takes place on:

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  • 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.

Click here for directions and a map to the Observatory

Sky and Braai

Our next monthly Braai takes place on:

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  • 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.

Agenda:

  • 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.

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The murmering and chuckling displays delight, comfort and contemplative joy at what will be seen in the sky tonight. Bursts of joyous laughter bring one back to the chatter and fun of the evening. Do join ASSA JHB on the hill for a lovely evening of sky and braai. Dress warmly, bring along your meat to braai, your condiments, drinks and salads, anything you need for your meal, hmm… fingers were invented before knives and forks? and  oops, do not forget a chair or ‘situpon’. You may bring your own telescope if you want to.

Events

Public Viewing Evenings:

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  • 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.

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Friday, November 24th, 2017 at 4:55am
ASSAJHB
Public Viewing
JohannesburgObservatory
24/11/17
CANCELLED due to poor weather
https://t.co/Wt1nkBhI5c
Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 8:58am
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Public Viewing
Johannesburg Observatory

Cancelled due to weather.
Friday, September 29th, 2017 at 8:07am
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JHB Observatory
Public Viewing 29 September
Cancelled due to poor weather
Sunday, September 24th, 2017 at 10:47am
ASSAJHB
Sky and Braai - Cancelled - weather deteriorating -clouds and particulate in atmosphere.
Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 12:45pm
ASSAJHB
Monthly Meeting
Date : 13 Sep
Speaker : Heystek Grobler - HartRAO
Topic : Introduction to Radio Astronomy
https://t.co/KqnHrWs75c

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.

Moon Phases:

Universe Today

Orbital debris (aka. space junk) is one of the greatest problems facing space agencies today. After sixty years of sending [...]

Wed, Jan 17, 2018
Source: Universe Today

Between NASA, the Chinese National Space Agency, the European Space Agency and Roscosmos, there’s no shortage of plans for returning [...]

Wed, Jan 17, 2018
Source: Universe Today

     Space.com

Our solar system may be an oddball in the universe. A new study using data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: SPACE.COM
While skywatchers are still raving about the solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, it's time we turn our attention to [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: SPACE.COM

Astronomy.com

Black holes have terrible table manners, but at least they rest between meals. [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: Astronomy.com

Researchers recently proved that spacecraft can use narrow beams of radiation from pulsars to run a very accurate, GPS-like navigational [...]

Mon, Jan 15, 2018
Source: Astronomy.com

APOD

An Elephant's Trunk in Cepheus

An Elephant's Trunk in Cepheus


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Source: APOD
A composite of three consecutive exposures,

A composite of three consecutive exposures,


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Source: APOD