Notice of Next Meeting
Our next monthly meeting takes place on:
- Date: Wednesday 9 August 2017
- Time: 19h30
- Location: Jhb. Observatory
- Presenter: TBA
- Topic: TBA
- 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 23 July 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 July
A million dewdrops glisten like diamonds in the sun,
when July night falls, dewdrops are no longer fun!
Frosty ice crackles on dry grass, hoarse whispers- pack and run.
Firmly star gazers stand, until the very last chance has gone.
Looking northward, from our southern latitudes we should be able to make out the famous “summer triangle” of the northern hemisphere, low on the northern horizon. Hanging there one should be able to see the bright stars Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, Vega in Lyra the Harp, and Altair in Aquila. Sweeping in an arc above it one should be able to make out the zodiac constellations: from the East: just on the horizon Pisces, then rising, Aquarius, Capricornus, Sagittarius, Scorpius almost in our zenith and going down in the west, Libra and Virgo. Have a good look at the Milky Way. The richest parts of which lie in Sagittarius almost directly overhead.
Happy sky searching this month!
Source: Universe Today
Source: Universe Today