Notice of Next Meeting
Our next monthly meeting takes place on:
- Date: Wednesday 10 April 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
N In the South East with a broad sweep of the the MIlky Way rides the Celestial ship Argo Navis. This ancient vessel is made up of the current constellations; Vela, Carina and Puppis.
Left and to the north Lies Gemini with the bright and beautiful stars, Castor and Pollux in Gemini, while more to the north, the beauty of Capella bedazzles its host constellation Auriga, beside Taurus.
The equally bright stars of Crux and Centaurus brightly grace the Southern skies.
Cetus the Whale commands space in the Northwest. He had a name change. In ancient times he represented a sea monster called Typhon. There is all this and more to observe in the month of February.
Mira, which in Arabic, means “beautiful”. Joins the head and neck of Cetus, she is in the middle and known as the speeding wonder. Mira with a bow-wave made up of hot plasma/gas that form a tail so beautiful, in ultra-violet blue.
When our clouds are parted there will be time to look and see.
- Scientists used IBM’s quantum computer to reverse time, possibly breaking a law of physics.
- This speeding star is escaping our galaxy — and it’s not like the others
- Mars Opportunity rover left us with one last beautiful panorama of Mars
- Practice Mars landings are teaching researchers how to work in space
- A trio of bright planets line up for a show Wednesday morning
- Astronomers spot massive twin stars nestled close together
- 50 years later, NASA just handed scientists untouched Apollo Moon rocks
- Daylight Savings Time makes Venus a tempting target
- Hubble spies a dazzling collision between two galaxies in Hercules
- NASA budget proposal funds Mars sample return, slashes other missions
- SpaceX’s Crew Dragon splashed down back on Earth, safely completing its mission
- The Sky This Week from March 8 to 17
- SpaceX Crew Dragon still faces crucial tests before NASA certifies it as safe for humans
- It’s even harder to destroy asteroids than we thought
- SpaceX’s Crew Dragon returns tomorrow, testing the future of human spaceflight
- Queen Guitarist Brian May Scores Ultima Thule Flyby Time-Lapse Video
- NASA’s New Horizons Reveals Geologic ‘Frankenstein’ That Formed Ultima Thule
- March Full Moon 2019: When to See the ‘Super Worm Moon’
- The New Space Age: Experts Ponder the Future of Cosmic Exploration
- A Weird Powder Puzzle on the Martian Moon Phobos May Be Solved
- SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Megarocket to Fly 1st Commercial Mission in April: Report
- SpaceX Preparing to Begin Starship Hopper Tests
- Journalist’s Son Shares ‘Space Junk’ From Father’s Aerospace Archives
- Japan Taps Toyota to Build Futuristic Moon Rover
- Early Earth’s Spin Helped Shape Its Molten Magma Ocean
- Why Easter 2019 Could Have Been in March
- China Launched Its 300th Long March Rocket This Month
- The Future’s Coming: Why We Need to Prepare for Sci-Fi Tomorrows Today
- Physicists Reverse Time for Tiny Particles Inside a Quantum Computer
- How Did We Figure Out Atoms Exist?
- This is the Final Photograph from Opportunity
- Weekly Space Hangout: Mar 13, 2019 – Dr. Luisa Rebull, Spitzer, and Star Formation
- This is What It’ll Look Like When the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxies Collide Billions of Years from Now
- China’s Lunar Rover Wakes Up and Gets to Work for its 3rd Lunar Day
- Using Black Holes to Conquer Space: The Halo Drive!
- Carnival of Space #602
- Jupiter or Earth? Which One’s Which, and Why Do They Look so Similar?
- Now You Can See MU69 in Thrilling 3D
- A Newer, More Accurate Measurement Sets the Mass of the Milky Way at 1.5 Trillion Solar Masses
- Messier 80 – the NGC 6093 Globular Cluster
- Massive Photons Could Explain Dark Matter, But Don’t
- Pluto and Charon Don’t Have Enough Small Craters
- It Took 10 Years to Confirm the First Planet Ever Found by Kepler
- Ho-Hum. More Boring Success for SpaceX as Crew Dragon Splashes Down
- This is an Actual Photograph of the Shock Waves from Supersonic Jets Interacting with Each Other