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Events


Wits Origins Centre
Public Lecture: A Layman's Guide to Meteorites by Dr Ronnie McKenzie

Back by popular demand! Dr Ronnie McKenzie will talk about the fascinating world of meteors and meteorites. He will also have some beautiful meteorite specimens on show. Ronnie is a renowned and experienced meteorite expert and he has been interested in meteorites for over 30 years and has an extensive private collection. Ronnie is a civil engineer with a PhD in Water Resource Management.

Date: 22 August 2019
Time: 6pm for 6:30pm
Venue: Wits Origins Centre
Tickets: R65 Adults, R50 Pensioners/Wits Staff, R35 Children/Students. Buy tickets on webtickets.co.za (https://www.webtickets.co.za/EventCategory.aspx?itemid=1469734776) or at the door.


ScopeX 2019

ScopeX 2019
Amateur Telescope Making, Astrophotography, Talks, Fun Science, Special show prices on Telescopes and Accessories, Books.
Star Party from 6pm

Date: 14 September
Time: 9am - 9pm
Venue: Museum of Military History, Johannesburg
Entry to museum: R20 - R45


NASA Invites Public to Submit Names to Fly Aboard Next Mars Rover

All Aboard for Mars 2020: Members of the public who want to send their name to Mars on NASA's next rover mission to the Red Planet (Mars 2020) can get a souvenir boarding pass and their names stenciled on chips to be affixed to the rover. Sign up at go.nasa.gov/Mars2020Pass. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.


For more information please visit: https://mars.nasa.gov/news/8440/nasa-invites-public-to-submit-names-to-fly-aboard-next-mars-rover/

Now in the Bookshop

Sky Guide Africa South 2019

Sky Guide Africa South 2019

The Sky Guide is the astronomical handbook for southern Africa, and is an invaluable practical resource for anyone who has even a passing interest in the night skies of southern Africa.
Prepared yearly by the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa as a reference work for the novice, amateur and professional astronomer, it continues the tradition of the well-established Astronomical Handbook for Southern Africa.
It presents a wealth of information about the Sun, Moon, planets, comets, meteors and bright stars in a clear and accessible way, accompanied by a number of diagrams to support the text.

Cost: R135 excluding postage.

Next Show

Please note:

Shows will be listed when we receive confirmation from the presenters.
Show dates will be posted subject to confirmation of soccer fixtures. We do not schedule shows when there is a clash with a match played at the stadium next door.
Sat 24 Aug 10:30 a.m. Space Travel [5 - 8 yrs]

For the full show schedule please click HERE.

Tickets

Entrance fee for Regular shows:

Space Travel show / Secret of the Cardboard Rocket: R40 per person

Adults R55
Children / Scholars / Students / Seniors R40
Groups (20+) R40 [pay in one lump sum, booking essential]

Tickets available 30min. before start of show at the door, or , strictly no entry after start of the show.

Star Chart


Late August star chart Late August star chart with constellations
Late August star chart stars only

Star charts produced by Dr. Claire Flanagan.