Cape Centre News Letter, 20th June 2017

Dear Cape Centre members and friends,

Upcoming Events:

We are very grateful to the organizers of the SAAO Winter School who have very kindly agreed to let us use the auditorium on Wednesday 28 June.

Cape Centre

28 June, 20:00, SAAO Auditorium: Gerhard van der Poll will present a talk on the electron.

12 July, 20:00, SAAO Auditorium: Cape Centre AGM. Invitations and nomination forms will be sent out shortly.

26 July, 20:00, SAAO Auditorium: Professor John Compton will present a talk on paleontology.

V & A Waterfront Outreach

The event on 3 June was canceled due to heavy cloud and rain. The next one will be on 1 July and all members and friends are invited to participate. It is not necessary to own a telescope, to be an astronomy expert or to attend every month. Contact Eddy Nijeboer on or reply to this email, if you would like to interact with members of the public and enjoy their excitement and amazement on looking through a telescope.

SAAO Open Nights and Public Events

24 June, 20:00, SAAO Auditorium:  Dr Kurt van der Heyden will present a talk titled Exploring the Universe through Deep Radio Continuum Imaging.

8 July, 20:00, SAAO Auditorium:  Dr. Yabebal Fantaye (AIMS) will present a talk titled How do we measure the size, weight, and age of the Universe?.

All open night talks will be followed by a tour of the site and star gazing if weather permits.

Iziko Planetarium

Cape Centre committee members were treated to a spectacular preview of the new digital upgrade at the opening ceremony on 27 May. Some exciting new shows will demonstrate its enhanced capability including Asteroid Mission Extreme, To Space and Back and Tycho to the Moon. Tycho is designed for young children but can be enjoyed by adults. Watch their website for details  As Elsabe Uys promised at our year-end function, there will be a free show for Cape Centre members, so watch this space!



The latest issue of MNASSA can now be downloaded from

What’s Up:

Consult the ASSA website, the Cape Centre Facebook page.  or the SAAO What’s Up page  for observing highlights this month.

The SAAO Viewing the Sky page contains a wealth of general information about observing, including a list of interesting objects in the Southern sky, calendars of solar and lunar information including eclipses and a page of useful websites.

Items For Sale:


Strand area.  Nexstar 5SE with extra eyepieces and filters. Excellent condition. Hardly used. R11 000 ono. Contact Claire on or Leon on 083 607 3081


Dr Ian Glass is an authority on the history of the SAAO and of astronomy in South Africa and his recently updated book on the identification of Proxima Centauri as the nearest star to the sun, as well as his beautifully illustrated The Royal Observatory at the Cape of Good Hope can be ordered directly by emailing or from Thembela Mantungwa at

Cape Centre Mugs

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the launching of the Hubble Telescope we have printed new mugs with 25 spectacular images. They are available to members for R70.

Lost and Found:

An attractive ornamental plate was left in the auditorium after the 2016 year-end function.

Reply to this email if you think it could be yours.

Please let us know if there is news that you may be aware of and that may also interest our other members.  Direct your mail at the general Cape Centre e-mail address and we’ll be happy to consider your item for inclusion.

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