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Stargazing at the Waterfront - 2016 July 09

 posted: 18 days ago, on Sunday, 2016 Jul 10 at 03:41
 tags: astronomy, outreach, StarPeople, Waterfront, Cape Town.

Pics from Saturday's free public astronomy gig at the V&A Waterfront.

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The First Herschel-Darwin Dinner Dinner

 posted: 42 days ago, on Thursday, 2016 Jun 16 at 08:31
 tags: astronomy, history, SAAO, events.

Soon to be an annual celebration - on June 15th - a dinner to commemorate a dinner had between John Herschel and Charles Darwin, in Cape Town, in 1836.

(photo: Scenes from the First Herschel-Darwin Dinner Dinner)

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Launch of the Cape Town Magic Club

 posted: 129 days ago, on Monday, 2016 Mar 21 at 23:57
 tags: magic, Cape Town, Jacques le Sueur, Cape Town Magic Club, College of Magic.

The invitation-only launch performance of the Cape Town Magic Club, on Monday March 21, was an absolute blast. Seven top-class magicians in an intimate, stylish venue made for a memorable evening. Season 1 opens on April 04 and runs until June 06. Treat yourself.

(photo: Tix)

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New meteor activity predicted

 posted: 133 days ago, on Thursday, 2016 Mar 17 at 01:31
 tags: astronomy, comets, meteors.

Possible new meteors showers, associated with two comets, may be visible late this month.

(photo: Table 1)

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Observing weekend at Leeuwenboschfontein

 posted: 136 days ago, on Monday, 2016 Mar 14 at 03:48
 tags: astronomy, deep sky, observing report, SQM, astrophotography, Leeuwenboschfontein.

Short write-up of a weekend at Leeuwenboschfontein.

(photo: R 318.)

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Star gazing at Helderberg Nature Reserve

 posted: 137 days ago, on Sunday, 2016 Mar 13 at 02:01
 tags: astronomy, outreach, StarPeople, Somerset West.

Despite cloud, light pollution, and even a little drizzle, the guests at this evening's star gazing picnic, organized by the Friends of Helderberg Nature Reserve, seemed to have had a good time.

(photo: StarPeople & Friends of Helderberg Nature Reserve, between Lorenzo and Maphefo.)

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Greenhenge

 posted: 142 days ago, on Tuesday, 2016 Mar 08 at 20:27
 tags: astronomy, ethnoastronomy, Sun, Earth, events, Cape Town.

Is there an as-yet undiscovered henge lurking in Cape Town?

(photo: Figure 1. Cape Town per Google Earth.)

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Have Telescope, Will Travel

 posted: 165 days ago, on Sunday, 2016 Feb 14 at 07:08
 tags: astronomy, telescopes, Southern Star Party, Martin Lyons, Bonnievale.

Martin Lyons' portable 16-inch Meade (time lapse)

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Six naked-eye planets

 posted: 190 days ago, on Wednesday, 2016 Jan 20 at 06:45
 tags: astronomy, outreach, almanack, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn.

In the last week of January and into the first week of February, all six naked-eye planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Earth - will be visible at the same time.

(photo: All six planets, plus the Moon, are visible in the early morning sky late-Jan through early-Feb.)

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Highlights on the southern-hemisphere stargazing and observing calendar.

cool stargazing events

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