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.
- Hubble and Gaia revise the weight of the Milky Way
- Physicists suggest hunting ‘Dark Matter Fossils’ deep underground
- Before we colonize the Moon, we must learn to mine there
- Uncovering Earth’s orbital history in ancient rock deposits
- An ancient stellar flyby could have put Planet Nine into its distant orbit
- SpaceX’s Crew Dragon successfully docked with the ISS, will return to Earth Friday
- A map to Planet Nine: Charting the solar system’s most distant worlds
- Jim McDivitt: 10 days in orbit
- Rusty Schweickart remembers Apollo 9
- SpaceX ready to launch first Dragon crew capsule early tomorrow
- The Sky This Week from March 1 to 10
- Earthbound NASA rover uncovers clues to finding life on Mars
- Craters on Pluto and Charon show Kuiper Belt lacks small bodies
- Merging galaxies can cause a dearth of new stars
- Watch Europa give Jupiter a black eye Thursday morning
- Little Short for a Stormtrooper? Newfound Spiders Named for ‘Star Wars’ Villains
- The Most Amazing Space Photos This Week!
- This Week’s Top Space Stories!
- What’s the Closest Planet to Earth? Not Venus, Scientists Say
- Comet 21P Crosses Paths with a Star Cluster in Sparkling Deep-Space Image
- Does Light Experience Time? And Other Riddles.
- Era of Big NASA Space Telescopes May Be Ending
- Cosmic Bat Nebula Photographed by ESO’s Very Large Telescope
- Rovers Learn New Gait to Avoid Getting Stuck in the Sand on Other Worlds
- US Air Force Launches Advanced Military Communication Satellite
- CHIME: Mapping the Early Universe
- Why Are These Massive, Baby Stars Orbiting So Close Together?
- Ice Samples Reveal a Massive Sun Storm Hit Earth in Ancient Times…And It Could Happen Again
- See NASA’s InSight Lander On Mars from Space in This Satellite View!
- A Strange, Sleeping Magnetar Just Woke Up After a Decade of Silence
- Weekly Space Hangout: Mar 06, 2019 – Dr. Jeff Morgenthaler of the Planetary Science Institute
- You’re in This Picture. It’s a Selfie Taken by SpaceIL’s Beresheet Lunar Lander on its Way to the Moon
- Gamma Ray Telescopes could Detect Starships Powered by Black Hole
- Sorry Hollywood, it’s Going to Take a Lot More to Destroy an Asteroid
- InSight’s Rock-hammer is About Half a Meter Down and has Already Run into Rocks.
- Astronomy Cast Ep. 520: Transients: What They Are and Why They Matter Part 2
- Carnival of Space #601
- Hayabusa2 Left a Dark Spot Where it Touched Down on Ryugu. Engineers Aren’t Sure Why
- Another Milestone for SpaceX as Crew Dragon Docks with ISS
- Astronomers are Using NASA’s Deep Space Network to Hunt for Magnetars
- Complex Life Might Require a Very Narrow Habitable Zone
- Curiosity Crashed, but it’s Working Fine Again. NASA Won’t Have to Send Astronauts to Turn it off and Back on Again.
- More Evidence that Planet 9 is Really Out There
- The Record for the Most Distant Object in the Solar System has been Shattered. Introducing FarFarOut at 140 Astronomical Units
- Virgin Galactic Sends Three People to the Edge of Space. Flights with Paying Customers Around the Corner Now