Welcome to the Cape Centre

CCentre retouchedThe Cape Centre of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa has a proud history of providing an environment where enthusiasts can share their interest in astronomy.

History

The Cape Astronomical Association formed in 1912, and was the first astronomical society in South Africa. The Johannesburg Society was formed in 1918 and in 1922 the Cape and Johannesburg societies amalgamated to form the Astronomical Society of South Africa (ASSA). In 1956 its name changed to the current Astronomical Society of Southern Africa ( with the Cape as one of its centres ).

Who are we?  

We are a group of individuals who come together as one family, gazing up at the night sky to read the stories of the universe. Our story! Although some of our members are professional astronomers, we are a group of mainly passionate amateur astronomers within Cape Town and surrounding areas. Our members come from different backgrounds and ages, and our levels of knowledge and experience range from beginners to experts. Come see for yourself at one of our meetings – informative talks and presentations that will open your mind and keep you hooked.

We welcome all who are interested in astronomy.

Our members are fascinated by in many aspects of astronomy, so whatever your special interest is, you are likely to encounter like-minded people at Cape Centre.


Do I have to own a telescope to join?

No, you do not need to own astronomical equipment to join – nor do you have to be a seasoned observer. All  you need is an interest in the night sky and the universe out there. Some of our members are very experienced observers and they are pleased to share their knowledge with newcomers.

If you are looking for information about suppliers of telescopes, click here

Meetings are held two or three times a month on a Wednesday evening at the Auditorium of the SAAO in Observatory, Cape Town.

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.

For 20 years we would look up and enjoy the 20 second iridium flares that would fly by over head in the night sky most times brighter than Venus. Now it’s goodbye to our friends who physically kept the night sky lively with glinting motion.

Image via IridiumNEXT.com.

The old satellites will be fully replaced by 8 January 2019. The Iridium NEXT is in every way more powerful and technically advanced than, those ones who waved to us on earth with a shining light. Alas the Iridium next will not have solar panels to make flares.

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