Notice of Next Meeting

Our next monthly meeting takes place on:

  • Date: Wednesday 23 January 2019
  • Time: 19h00 for 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.

Click here for directions and a map to the Observatory

Sky and Braai

Our next monthly Braai takes place on:

  • Date: To Be Confirmed
  • 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

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Astronomy - ASSA Johannesburg Centre
Astronomy - ASSA Johannesburg Centre shared NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's photo.Fri, Dec 14th, 2018 at 3:07pm
The Voyager 2 probe no longer feels the solar wind and is flying through the interstellar space between the stars. It carries a working instrument providing first-of-its-kind observations of the nature of this gateway. Mission operators still can communicate with the probe as it enters this new phase of its journey, but information – moving at the speed of light – takes about 16.5 hours to travel from the spacecraft to Earth. Here's a look at this incredible mission by the numbers: https://go.nasa.gov/2Gjpero #AGU18
Astronomy - ASSA Johannesburg Centre
Astronomy - ASSA Johannesburg Centre shared Evan Dembskey's post.Fri, Nov 30th, 2018 at 8:06am
I came across this postcard in the USA, and thought it might be of interest.
Astronomy - ASSA Johannesburg Centre
Astronomy - ASSA Johannesburg Centre shared NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's photo.Tue, Nov 27th, 2018 at 9:29am
Our Mars Odyssey orbiter phoned home, relaying the latest news from NASA InSight that indicates that its solar panels are open and collecting sunlight on the Martian surface. Also included in the dispatch: this snapshot from the lander's arm showing the instruments in their new "plain perfect" home. Get the latest: https://go.nasa.gov/2FDGbwu
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Astronomy - ASSA Johannesburg Centre shared a post.Fri, Oct 5th, 2018 at 8:35am
Triffid Nebula - I shot this from my backyard in Kyalami

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Wed, Aug 15th, 2018 at 10:55am
ASSAJHB
Monthly Meeting
Date: 15 August 2018
Venue: Wits Planetarium
Time: 19h15 for 19h30
Open to ASSAJHB members
Visitors welcome
Limited number of seats available for visitors (non ASSAJHB members)
Visitors Booking Contact : monicaloubser.ml @gmail.com or SMS 084 405 4005
Wed, Aug 8th, 2018 at 3:10pm
ASSAJHB
August Monthly Meeting date rescheduled .
August Monthly Meeting : 15 August at Wits Planetarium see link for details
https://t.co/Oa7IN72mGf

In the Night Sky

IN THE NIGHT SKIES

 

December is our lovely summertime,

The close of our annual calendar too, but that is fine.

With hope, we look for clear night skies, there is so much on which to feast the eye.

With Jupiter and Mars, slipping down between the stars, we have constellations galore,

InSight on Mars, satellites on solar trips, planets and stars in line, news and reads from NASA in store.

There is Sagittarius, Phoenix and Grus, Tucana, Eridanus, and Cruz  – see it? a lovely way to confuse.

Thousands of stars with names, clusters , galaxies, nebula and so much more.

Out with planespheres, maps, cameras and telescopes all, it’s time to setup re-use and enjoy!

Moon Phases:

Universe Today

It’s been 124 days since the Parker Solar Probe was launched, and several weeks since it made the closest approach [...]

Sat, Dec 15, 2018
Source: Universe Today

According to a new analysis of Rosetta data, the orbiter passed through the bow shock of Comet 67/P several times [...]

Sat, Dec 15, 2018
Source: Universe Today

     Space.com

A new video gives a bird's-eye view of the ancient lake bed that NASA's next Mars rover will scour for [...]
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
Source: SPACE.COM
While some question whether Virgin Galactic's latest SpaceShipTwo test flight actually went into space, a number of government officials and [...]
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
Source: SPACE.COM

Astronomy.com

Comet 46P/Wirtanen reaches its peak while the Sun makes its lowest arc and the Full Moon makes its highest arc [...]

Fri, Dec 14, 2018
Source: Astronomy.com
Though you may be able to spot Comet 46P/Wirtanen with your naked eye under a dark sky, binoculars or a [...]
Fri, Dec 14, 2018
Source: Astronomy.com

APOD

Why does this galaxy have such a

Why does this galaxy have such a


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Source: APOD
On October 29, the Juno spacecraft once again dove near

On October 29, the Juno spacecraft once again dove near


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Source: APOD