Notice of Next Meeting
Our next monthly meeting takes place on:
- Date: Wednesday 8 March 2017
- Time: 19h30
- Location: Jhb. Observatory
- Presenter: TBA
- Topic: TBA
- Donation: R10 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.
Braai and Sky
Our next monthly Braai takes place on:
CANCELLED POOR WEATHER
- Date: Sunday 26 February 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 February 2017
There is never a dull moment when one has open clear night skies and for us in Gauteng, those long nights will soon be upon us, hopefully, with no cloud.
February, holds a delightful surprise, on the 11th. there is a lunar eclipse! It is a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, which means, the Earth’s shadow misses the moon. Check our weather and set your sights on the moon.
A double surprise? There is an Annular Solar Eclipse on the 26th. The total face of theis eclipse will be visible from a narrow path stretching from the southern tip of South America to southern and western Africa. It will be partially visible from Johannesburg. So, weather permitting get ready for some sunny fun on the 26th.
Asteroid Vesta is visible in binoculars this month. There is the occultation of Regulus in Leo by the moon on the 11th.
Keep watching the skies in February for a lot of fun up ahead!
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Source: Universe Today