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Jupiter in July 2020 – Amateur Astrophotography Competition

Following our Theme for the Month – Jupiter in July, ASSA Johannesburg is holding an online Astrophotography Competition:
Best Amateur Photo of Jupiter (Taken in July 2020).
Jupiter is beautiful and bright in the early evening sky, in opposition 13 July 2020.
First Prize: Astrophotography for the Amateur by Michael A. Covington
Second Prize: Hubble’s Universe by Terence Dickinson
Judges : Chris Stewart, Bosman Olivier, Martin Heigan
Final Submission Date: 10 August 2020
Winners will be announced online on 12 August 2020 at 8:30pm
Entrants must live in South Africa, be amateur astronomers and describe how, when and the equipment used to take the photo.
Submissions can be sent to chairperson@astronomyjhb.co.za or submitted to our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/assajhb with Jupiter in July in the description.

Notice of Next Meeting

Our next monthly meeting:


  • Date: Wednesday 12 August 2020
  • Time: 19h30
  • Presenter: Joshua Nall (Chair of the Royal Astronomical Society’s Heritage Committee)
  • Topic: Calculation and Conflict: Anniversary Reflections on the Early History of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
  • Book a spot via Facebook or send a e-mail to Secretary@astronomyjhb.co.za to receive the password.

Picnic under the Stars

Our next Picnic under the Stars:

  • Date: TBA
  • Time: 18h30 – 22h00
  • Location: Jhb. Observatory, Top of the hill at the Herbert Baker Library. Map.
  • Topic: Whats Up – a detailed overview of some objects.

Please see our facebook page for more information or cancellations and to book your Spot


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 picnic and stars evening. Dress warmly, bring along your own food and drinks. and  oops, do not forget a chair or ‘situpon’. You may bring your own telescope if you want to.
There is a gas braai available at the picnic.


  • Lecturer: Gill Jacobs
  • Topic: Introduction to Astronomy Lectures Series
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
  • Date:
Lecture 2: June 24 @ 19h30
Lecture 3: July 1    @ 19h30
Lecture 4: July 8    @ 18h30
Lecture 5: July 15  @ 19h30
Lecture 6: July 22  @ 19h30
For login details, book a spot via Facebook or send an email to



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