IYA 100 Hours of Astronomy: local events
The first weekend of April sees the "100 Hours of Astronomy" initiative being celebrated world-wide. Locally, there's a lot of action, too.
In Stellenbosch, we (Edward Foster, Lynnette Eygelaar, Martin Lyons, Dieter Willasch, Rudie Loots, myself and others, as well as "Lorenzo" and "Maphefo") will be on the Braak on Friday, and on the beach in the Strand on Saturday.
The ASSA Cape Centre is putting on a "Camp's Bay Stargazing" event on Saturday. I can't help but wonder if our group in the Strand will be blown around more ;)
At the Observatory in Cape Town, an Astronomy Camp school sleepover (grades 5-7) is on offer on Friday, and on Saturday, the SAAO is hosting "Yuri's Night" from 17:00 to late. This jam-packed event promises a bring-and-braai, rocketry displays, talks on HartRAO and space technology, satellite spotting and of course star gazing.
Just outside Wellington, at the Wamakersvallei Voortrekker camp site, Willie Koorts, Serena Ingamells, Carol Botha and members of OOG (the Orion Observation Group) are presenting talks and telescope viewing on Saturday.
Jurg in Sutherland is putting on a Kambrokind Stargazing event, from 2 – 5 April (19:00 to midnight), where a short lecture is followed by star gazing through his three GOTO telescopes. I wonder if the SAAO-Sutherland has anything planned?
In Louis Trichard (Makhado Crossing), Kos Coronaios and the Soutpansberg Astronomy Club are hosting public viewing evenings from 2 to 5 April.
In Middelburg, on Saturday (until the wee hours of Sunday morning) there'll be telescope viewing
The West Rand Astronomy Club is hosting events in Krugersdorp, Randburg and Cresta.
There will even be an event on Gough Island for those with wanderlust.
I wonder what's happening up in Joburg and Pretoria?
nothing more to see. please move along.