Cape Centre News Letter, 11 May 2015

Dear Cape Centre members and friends,

Special Announcement

Kirstenbosch Star Walks: The summer Star Walk season has ended and we plan to start again in October. We also hope to host occasional ‘Saturn Surveillance’ evenings on suitably fine winter Fridays. A vote of thanks to Andrew Jacobs of Kirstenbosch and the Cape Centre members whose willing participation made this enjoyable outreach possible.

Upcoming Events

13 May, 20:00, SAAO Auditorium: In celebration of the centenary year of the discovery of Proxima Centauri, Dr Ian Glass will present a talk about this significant achievement in South African astronomy. Robert Innes was the Director of the Union Observatory in Johannesburg when he made the discovery in 1915, by examining plates taken on the Franklin-Adams telescope. In his book Ian Glass has documented the painstaking work by many individuals which led to establishing that this star is closer to the sun than Alpha Centauri and also describes the human foibles of the scientists involved. Although he gave this talk some years ago he has promised us some interesting new material.

17 – 19 May, Midrand: IESSA Conference and AGM: Robert Henderson, the President of IESSA, has invited ASSA members to present a talk or a paper at this conference  ( If you are interested and available please contact Robert Henderson  083 960 3631 or Lerika Cross 082 650 8002.


SAAO Open Nights and Public Events

23 May, 20:00, SAAO Auditorium: Willie Koorts will present a talk entitled Looking into the Dark: The telescopes of Sutherland to be followed by the usual tour and star gazing.

13 June, 20:00, SAAO Auditorium: Dr. Jarita Holbrook (UWC) will present a talk entitled Working screening of ‘Black Sun’ about the documentary film she is making on the 2012 solar eclipses.

Other Events of Interest

Iziko Planetarium : Apart from The Sky Tonight  at 13:00 on Saturdays and Sundays, the exciting new show Full Circle is on every day, for those who didn’t attend the free showing in January or who would like to see it again.



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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.

Your Cape Centre Committee