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!
- The Sky This Week for January 4 to 13
- The Sky This Week for January 4 to 13
- China’s Chang’e-4 mission lands on Moon’s far side, snaps first image
- Ultima Thule emerges as contact binary, “cosmic snowman,” in new spacecraft images
- China’s Chang’e-4 mission is ready to make its historic landing on the far side of the Moon
- New Horizons’ first close-up pictures of Ultima Thule reveal a binary world
- New Horizons survived its flyby of Ultima Thule
- New Horizons meets Ultima Thule tonight
- How to spend New Year’s Eve with NASA watching New Horizons’ flyby of Ultima Thule
- New Horizons spacecraft set for historic flyby of Kuiper Belt Object
- Earthquake-detecting balloons could help reveal the internal structure of Venus
- The Sky This Week from December 28 to January 6
- These new Hubble images let astronomers ‘see’ dark matter
- How we found Jupiter’s 79 (at least) moons
- Figuring out how plants grow in space is vital for future missions
- NASA (and Its Astronauts) Slowed by Government Shutdown, But Not Grounded
- Zodiacal Light Meets ‘Gegenschein’ Above ESO’s Very Large Telescope in a Stunning Panorama
- ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Cast Dishes on Season 2 as It Warps Back This Week!
- Wrong Number! Here’s What Happened When a Dutch Astronaut Accidentally Called 911 from Space
- Blood Moon 2019: Why the Coming Lunar Eclipse Spawns Memories of Mr. Magoo
- NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Is Still at Work, For Now
- China’s Moon Plants Are Dead
- US to Launch Secret Spy Satellite Saturday
- A Rare Kind of Black Hole May Be Wandering Around Our Milky Way
- Cotton Seed Sprouts on the Moon’s Far Side in Historic First by China’s Chang’e 4
- Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway: NASA’s Proposed Lunar Space Station
- Earth’s Magnetic Pole Is Wandering, Lurching Toward Siberia
- Physicists Built a Machine That Breaks the Normal Rules of Light
- China Details Future Moon Plans, Including Polar Research Station
- China’s Chang’e 4 Moon Mission Faces Its First Big Freeze on Lunar Far Side
- Still no Word from Opportunity
- Astronomy Cast Ep. 512: Direct Imaging of Exoplanets
- Carnival of Space #594
- The SpaceX Starhopper has Three Raptor Engines on the Bottom
- China’s Chang’e-4 lands on the far side of the Moon
- Weekly Space Hangout: Jan 2, 2019- News Roundup
- The Eridanus Constellation
- Juno Saw One of Io’s Volcanoes Erupting During its Recent Flyby
- See a Simulation of the Moon for Every Day in 2019
- The Pictures are Here! New Horizons Close Up View of 2014 MU69
- India is Going to be Sending Three People to Space in Three Years
- Quadrantid Meteors Kickoff a Busy January 2019
- Prototype Version of the SpaceX Starship with a Stainless Steel Skin is Under Construction
- A Guide to Hunting Zombie Stars
- Messier 75 – the NGC 6864 Globular Cluster