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A binocular comet in time for Christmas!

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy will be visible in the evening sky throughout December as it moves from Puppis into Columba (Dec 17), Lepus (Dec 27) and Eridanus (Jan 01). More details and useful star charts after the jump.

Comet C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS) update

(Imaged by Kos Coronaios 2014 November 22, 21:25 SAST)

HartRAO-SAAO Scholarships

The Society is pleased to announce that new scholarships for undergraduate students are now available. (find out more)

Comets C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) and C/2013 V5 (Oukaimeden)

Comets C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) and C/2013 V5 (Oukaimeden) are currently visible in the southern sky. Find out more about these comets, and the exciting close approach of C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) to Mars after the jump.

What's up this December

What's up

Between the 1st and 31st of December, the Sun has moved 1.4° southward and the length of the day has increased by 7.2 minutes. The summer solstice is on Monday, December 22, as is the New Moon. Full Moon is on Saturday, December 06. Mercury is at super …

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An overview of upcoming celestial and ASSA-related events appears on the Events page. Details about these and other astronomical events will be found in the Sky Guide, the astronomical handbook for Southern Africa, available from leading book sellers.

2014 Highlights

Venus Rising

Venus Rising: South African Astronomical Beliefs, Customs and Observations, written by Dr Peter G. Alcock, examines traditional South African celestial knowledge, ranging from the Venda in the north to the /Xam San (Bushman) in the south. Topics discussed include eclipses, comets, meteors, place names, stories, poetry and riddles as well as other linguistic expressions which are linked to the heavens. Readers, reinforced with information contained in this book, are invited to scan the night skies from a truly South African perspective. The complete book is available as a free PDF on our website. (Find out more)

Recent sightings

Browse the “Report A Sighting” archives for ongoing investigations of recent sightings, including those by Grant B. (2014 Jan 02), Albie M., Isabel R. & Alex A. (2013 Dec 31), and Alison F. (2013 Dec 21). (browse archive)