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The initial publication of A.S.S.A. was known as the “Journal of the Astronomical Society of South Africa” (JASSA) and appeared in four volumes between 1923 to 1935. Due to financial constraints the publication was ceased.
Editions of JASSA
Editor: H.E. Wood
Journal of the Astronomical Society of South Africa (JASSA): ASSA Collection. BC1506. Manuscripts and Archives Department; University of Cape Town Libraries; University of Cape Town. (Unpublished).
Vol 1 (1923-1925) BC1506. F1.1.
Vol 2 (1926-1930) BC1506. F1.2.
Vol 3 (1931-1935) BC1506. F1.3.
Vol 4 (1935-1939) BC1506. F1.4.
In 1940 the Society revived its publications as the “Monthly Notices of the Astronomical Society of South Africa” (MNASSA). MNASSA is a recognised peer review publication.
Copies of this Journal are not available on this website as we have an agreement with Sabinet who scanned in and host MNASSA online. Selected articles may also be found on the [NASA/ADS] website. [use the publication Bibcode MNASSA]
Since 2010 MNASSA is available in a digital format and can be downloaded directly from the Society.
The Handbook of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa was first published in 1946 and continued until 2002. The publication was then overhauled and modernised and from 2003 onwards published as the Sky Guide.
1946 to 1955
Editor: Dr R.H. Stoy with assistance from Mr. R.P. De Kock
1946: No copy availabel
1947: No copy available
Editor: Computing Section of the Transvaal Centre
1957 to 1971:
Editor: Computing Section of the Society
1972 to 1973
Editor: University of Cape Town Astronomy Department
1974 to 1975
Editor: A.P. Fairall
1976 to 1989
Editor: R.F. Hurley
1990 to 2003
Editor: P.J. Booth
The Johannesbufg Planetarium produced their own version of the Handbook. To my knowledge they produced only one publication in 1986. The motivations behind the publication is unknown. Astronomical Yearbook for South Africa 1986
Sky Guide Africa South
In 2004 the format of the Handbook was changed. The name changed to “Sky Guide Africa South”. Due to an agreement that we have with the publisher we may not make copies available in a digital manner even if they are outdated.
The Society has published a variety of books and articles:
- Evans, David: Two Items of Astronomical Africana; (Lacaille writes to his friend de la Condamine / Observations at the Cape by Sir John Herschel)
- McIntyre Donald; Comets in old Cape Records
- McIntyre Donald; An Astronomical Bi-Centenary. The Abbé de Lacaille’s Visit to the Cape, 1751-1753
- Auther Unknown: The Solar Eclipse of 1963 January 25