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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 October

What's up

Between the 1st and 31st of October, the Sun has moved 11° southward and the length of the day has increased by 47.4 minutes. New Moon is on Thursday, October 23 and Full Moon is on Wednesday, October 08. Mercury is at inferior conjunction on October 1 …


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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)