Cape Centre News Letter, 21 April 2015

Dear Cape Centre members and friends

Special Announcement

Kirstenbosch Star Walks: The last Star Walk of this summer will take place on Friday 24 April and we plan to start again in October. Contact Eddy Nijeboer on or 082 335 4851 if you would like to participate and check Starline on 088 131 1001 to find out if the walk is going ahead.

Upcoming Events

22 April, 20:00, SAAO Auditorium: Dr Ros Skelton will talk on The Effects of Mergers on the Formation and Evolution of Galaxies. Galaxies form at the centre of dark matter structures and grow, not only by forming new stars but also by merging with other galaxies. The time scales present challenges to human observers and Dr Skelton will discuss her research as well as the questions that astronomers are trying to answer about these events. She is a post doctoral researcher who has studied galaxy formation at the Max Plank Institute in Heidelberg, Germany and at Yale University as well as at the SAAO where she has been based since mid 2013.

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

25 April, 20:00, SAAO Auditorium: Dr. Vanessa McBride (UCT/SAAO) will present a talk entitled MeerLICHT: an optical eye on the radio sky. This will be followed by a tour of the site and (weather permitting) star gazing.

9 May, 20:00, SAAO Auditorium: Kai Staats (UCT/AIMS) will present a talk entitled Making movies about making history: A passion for science discovery. This will be followed by a tour of the site and (weather permitting) star gazing.

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.


Cape Centre of  the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa

P O Box 13018, Mowbray, 7705, CAPE TOWN

088 123 1634 | starline: 088 131 1001 | |