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Find the slender lunar crescent as it returns to the night sky over the next few days.
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On the N2 between Botrivier and Caledon lies an intruiging stop-over spot.(photo: Dassiesfontein. 2013 November.)
On the weekend of 2013 November 1 & 2, we took part in the Bonnievale Bonanza, a rural festival that attracted some 5,000 visitors, with an astronomy outreach stall, Sun-gazing during the day, and telescope viewing at night. Photos after the jump.(photo: StarPeople's astronomy outreach at the Bonnievale Bonanza 2013)
A beautiful partial eclipse of the Sun was witnessed over parts of southern Africa on Sunday afternoon.(photo: Imaged by Johan Moolman through cloud, using a 400-mm lens and 2x teleconverter.)
Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) is now a binocular target, having crossed the 10th-magnitude barrier. It is in Leo, somewhere near Mars, so if you want to catch it, you'll have to be wide-awake around 04:00 in the morning so spot it low in the east, shortly before sunrise.(photo: Comet ISON, October 29 at 04:00 SAST. Image made with Stellarium.)
So did the crescent Moon, Jupiter, and Venus, make a smiley face in 2010?(photo: Nope)
On Saturday morning, 2013 October 19, the Moon lies inside the very narrow cone of shadow extending away from the Earth.(photo: Penumbral eclipse)
Our outreach event at Zevenwacht Mall for World Space Week 2013 was a great success. Photos and pix after the jump.(photo: World Space Week 2013 at Zevenwacht Mall, Kuilsriver, Cape Town. 2013 October 12. Photos by Ed Foster and myself.)
NASA's Juno spacecraft, en route to Jupiter, did an Earth flyby on Wednesday, October 09. Several folk tried to image it. First prize - predictably - went to Greg Roberts!(photo: The scene from Gordon's Bay)
In two sentences: Won't be a highlight from South Africa, I'm afraid. Sorry.
UPDATE: Nonday, 2013 October 07 - Is Comet ISON disintegrating? Summary of a press release (Oct 05) issued by the Physics and Astrophysics Computation Group at the University of Antioquia (Colombia).(photo: http://www.solarsystemscope.com/ison/)
IAU (OAD) Astronomy for the public outreach at Forever Resorts Warmbath, 21st September 2013(photo: IAU (OAD) Astronomy for the public outreach at Forever Resorts Warmbath, 21st September 2013)
This year we're combining World Space Week with International Observe the Moon Night. Join us at Zevenwacht Mall, Kuils River, Cape Town, on October 12.(photo: Exploring the Solar System poster)
The best astronomical events in the southern skies for 2013.