Notice of Next Meeting
Our next monthly meeting takes place on:
- Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017
- Time: 19h30
- Location: Jhb. Observatory
- Presenter: Michael Poll
- Topic: Impact Craters
- Donation: Members R10 pp for tea and snacks
- Donation: Visitors 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 26 March 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.
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Public Viewing Evenings take place at the Observatory – click here for directions and a map to the Observatory.
In the Night Sky
In the Night Sky for March 2017
It’s Autumn, “Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness” while winter and starry nights are yet to abound.
Our days grow shorter and nights longer, it is time to check our telescopes, prepare and look ahead to what we would like to photograph and observe.
March shows Orion in the north west with sometime left to photograph the beauties, the Orion nebula and the Horsehead. Pleiades and Taurus are dropping to the western, Castor and Pollux in constellation Gemini take command in the north.
Venus and Mars still shine brightly in the early evening while Jupiter and Saturn grace the Eastern late evening and early morning skies.
Cancer is one of the 12 Constellations, faint and difficult to see, it represents and evening challenge for in its’ midst is a swarm of stars – the Beehive cluster, also known as M44 or NGC2632.
Fan your binoculars and Telescopes all over the night sky and find this months jewels.
For more on “Whats Up” read in the March Canopus on the website.
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