About Us


We are a group of enthusiasts who come from all walks of life and share a common interest in astronomy, an interest that may be deep and intense or slight and casual. We welcome and cater for all. Whatever aspect of astronomy turns you on, be it that you are purely interested in appreciating the beauty of the cosmos or wish to contribute to the advancement of science. Whether you enjoy tinkering with gadgets, want to talk about cosmology, or whatever else – we welcome you. Some of us own telescopes, some binoculars and some only a pair of sharp eyes with which to view the heavens.

As with several similar centres scattered in and around South Africa, the Johannesburg Centre is independent of, but affiliated to, the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa, the “parent body” generally referred to as ASSA.

We hold monthly general meetings at 19:30 on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except December). These meetings usually take the form of a lecture by a guest speaker, a debate or a film show, with refreshments and socialising afterwards. Our normal venue is the Auditorium adjacent to the Johannesburg Observatory, 18A Gill Street, Observatory, Johannesburg. For GPS co-ordinates or a map to the Observatory, click the link on the left.