Notice of Next Meeting
- Date: Wednesday 15 May2019
- Time: 19h00 for 19h30
- Location: Kingsmead College, Entrance in Tottenham Avenue, Opposite the Rosebank Gautrain Station, 132 Oxford Rd, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2121
- Presenter: Neil Viljoen
- Topic: Astrophotography
- 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.
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- Scientists gear up to look for fossils on Mars
- Our lopsided Moon was likely hit by a dwarf planet
- Thin, insulating layer may prevent Pluto's underground ocean from freezing
- O’Neill colonies: A decades-long dream for settling space
- The Sky This Week from May 17 to 26
- New Horizons reveals Ultima Thule's quiet, lonesome past
- Hubble spies "Two-Face" galaxy that suffered a glancing blow
- China's Yutu-2 rover finds ancient rocks in Moon's biggest crater
- Tonight’s SpaceX Starlink launch could be the start of a new internet
- Project Artemis: NASA names its 2024 Moon mission
- Apollo-era Moon quakes hint that Moon is still active today
- Tiny spacecraft tested as part of Breakthrough Starshot plan for interstellar travel
- The Sky This Week from May 10 to 19
- Early galaxies shone brighter and hotter than expected
- This NASA Experiment Shows Promise for Farm-Fresh Foods in Space
- Planet-Hunting Cubesat Spies Los Angeles from Space!
- You Can Send Your Name to the Red Planet on NASA's Mars 2020 Rover
- Watch Saturn Play Peekaboo with the Moon Tonight!
- USC Students' Rocket Reaches Space in Record-Setting Launch
- Science As a Full Body Experience: Brian Greene On 2019 World Science Festival
- Best Astronomy and Astrophysics Books
- Sen Launched 4K Video Cameras in Space. Here's What They Saw.
- This Weird Meteorite Crashed Through a Doghouse in Costa Rica. (The Dog's Fine)
- How SpaceX's Starlink Internet Satellites Could Help Humanity Colonize Mars
- Supersymmetric 'Sleptons' Might Exist. But They'd Have to Be Huge.
- In Photos: India Launches the RISAT-2B Earth-Imaging Satellite
- India Successfully Launches RISAT-2B Earth-Observation Satellite
- Watch India Launch a New Earth-Watching Satellite Tonight!
- NASA Puts Mars 2020 Rover's Space Ride to the Test (Photo)
- Bizarre Star Could be the Result of Two White Dwarfs Merging Together
- Weekly Space Hangout: May 22, 2019 – Dr. Susan Bailey of the NASA TWINS Study
- NASA has Picked the Companies That’ll Help Build its Lunar Landers
- Don’t Forget, Curiosity’s Sister Rover is Flying to Mars in 2020
- Planetary Society’s Light Sail 2 is Set to Launch on a Falcon Heavy Rocket Next Month
- Interview with Dennis E. Taylor, Author of the Bobiverse Trilogy
- Chang’e-4 Lander and its Rover Have Turned up new Mysteries on the Moon’s far side. The Moon’s Mantle Blasted Onto the Surface?
- Mars Odyssey Reveals Phobos Using THEMIS
- Messier 86 – the NGC 4406 Elliptical Galaxy
- Most of the Solar System Should be a Protected Wilderness. One-Eighth Left for Mining and Resource Exploitation
- Carnival of Space #612
- Can You Spot a Planetary Nebula from a Few Blurry Pixels? Astronomers Can – Here’s How
- Advanced Civilizations Could be Communicating with Neutrino Beams. Transmitted by Clouds of Satellites Around Neutron Stars or Black Holes
- Small, Tough Planets can Survive the Death of Their Star
- Is Dark Matter Made of Axions? Black Holes May Reveal the Answer
British Astronomical Association
- Noctilucent Cloud and What to Look For
- Observer's Challenge – Finding Einstein
- Campaign to observe the old nova HR Lyr
- Occultation of M44 the Beehive Cluster by the Moon
- Filters for visual observations of deep sky objects
- Observer's Challenge – Two bright asteroids at opposition
- Observer's Challenge – M81 and M82
- Observer's Challenge – Mercury at greatest eastern elongation
- Early morning total eclipse of the Moon this Monday
- Star Count 2019
- Enhancements to the BAA Photometry Database
- Observer's Challenge – Sirius and the Pup
- Observer's Challenge: Total Lunar Eclipse on January 21
- Good Prospects for This Year's Geminid Meteor Shower
- Highlights from the 2018 Observer's Challenges