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.
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.
- 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.
Date: 15 August 2018
Venue: Wits Planetarium
Time: 19h15 for 19h30
Open to ASSAJHB members
Limited number of seats available for visitors (non ASSAJHB members)
Visitors Booking Contact : monicaloubser.ml @gmail.com or SMS 084 405 4005
In the Night Sky
Our night sky in summer, on any hopeful clear night, offers an ever-changing display of fascinating objects, from stars and constellations to bright planets. Often the moon, and sometimes special events like meteor showers.
November and December were full of fascinating events but the speciality boils down to what man has been up to. We all watch eagerly as space science takes a veritable spot and space adventure draws closer and closer. 2019 will be notable. Man has already landed a satellite on the dark side of the Moon.
With New Horizons we are travelling further than man has ever been and the secrets of the Universe are unravelling before our eyes.
Robots are being made to land on other planets. Scientific instruments are being invented and made to measure, calculate and verify all theories. Is our Universe becoming smaller, or, is man learning to concede and accept?
Yet around us we have Life. We have our wonderful Earth where stars glitter and planets whisper fantasy to our minds. Earth, where our only star keeps us warm and happy by day nourishing all life, and by night, allows us to see the majesty of our Heavens above. To learn and to know!
- Hubble takes second-most detailed image ever
- In a first, astronomers witness the birth of black hole or neutron star
- Life might exist on the new planet discovered around Barnard’s star
- SpaceX’s Crew Dragon might launch next month
- Astronomers clock a black hole spinning at half the speed of light
- TESS discovers a dense sub-Neptune exoplanet, plus an Earth-sized world to boot
- SpaceX’s Starship prototype could make first test flight in just weeks
- Repeating fast radio burst detected for second time in history
- Stars like our Sun turn into crystals late in life
- Even in space, microbes continue to evolve
- These exoplanets are forever half dark and shrouded in clouds
- Self-driving rovers could be the future of exploration on Mars
- “Orion’s Dragon” captured in 3D by NASA’s airborne observatory
- Exploring glaciers on Mercury, a planet plagued by boiling temperatures
- Feeling blue? Seek out Neptune tonight
- ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Returns for Season 2 Tonight! Here’s Everything You Need to Know
- Northern Lights 2019: When, Where & How to See the Aurora Borealis
- The Day Edwin Hubble Realized Our Universe Was Expanding
- What Moon Craters Can Tell Us About Earth, and Our Solar System
- Saturn’s Rings May Be Younger Than the Dinosaurs
- Bizarre Superfluid Could Explain the Existence of the Modern Universe
- The Ocean Is Hotter Than It’s Ever Been
- Here’s How China’s Cotton Sprouts Died on the Far Side of the Moon
- Deep Space 1: Providing a Wealth of New Space Technology
- ‘Star Trek: Discovery’s’ Ethan Peck Talks About Filling Spock-Size Boots
- Watch Japan Launch a Meteor-Shower-Making Mini-Satellite and More Tonight!
- Houston, We Have a Protest: NASA Space Center Workers Push Back at Government Shutdown
- Dark Matter Behaves Differently in Dying Galaxies
- NASA May Decide This Year to Land a Drone on Saturn’s Moon Titan
- Hubble Space Telescope’s Glitchy Eye Should Clear Up Soon
- Astronomers See the Exact Moment a Supernova Turned into a Black Hole (or Neutron Star)
- Neutrino Telescopes Look Deep in the Earth and Deep into Space
- Giant Streak Structure Found in Venus’ Cloudtops
- In the far Future our Sun will Turn Into a Solid Crystalline White Dwarf. Here’s How it’ll Happen
- Uh oh, Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 is Down
- Canadian Telescope Finds 13 More Fast Radio Bursts Including the Second One Ever Seen Repeating
- Our Complete Guide to the January 21st Total Lunar Eclipse
- Extreme Bacteria on the Space Station are Evolving to Handle the Harsh Conditions, not to Make Astronauts Sick
- Bad News. Planets Orbiting Red Dwarfs Might not have the Raw Materials for Life
- It Looks Like Dark Matter Can be Heated Up and Moved Around
- Interstellar Objects like Oumuamua Probably Crash into the Sun Every 30 Years or so and 2 Pass Within the Orbit of Mercury
- Weekly Space Hangout: Jan 9, 2019 – Lucianne Walkowicz
- TESS Finds its Third Planet, a sub-Neptune with a 36-Day Orbit
- China’s Yutu-2 rover is on the move on the far side of the Moon
- Check out this Amazing Picture of the Triangulum Galaxy by Hubble.