Sky Guide 2019 now available

Posted 2018 November 01

#lunareclipse – Blood Moon on Friday!

Updated 2018 July 18
The total eclipse of the Moon on Friday evening, 2018 July 27, is one of the astronomical highlights of the year. Find out what will happen, how you can witness this special event, and how to explain and share it with family and friends on the ASSA Lunar Eclipse 2018 page.

ScopeX 2018

Updated 2018 June 18
The ScopeX organizing team has announced that ScopeX 2018 will be held on 15 September 2018. This year’s theme is “solar system weather”. Find out more at

SkyGuide 2018 competition winners

Published 2018 May 15
The winning entries of the 2018 Sky Guide competition were drawn at a meeting held at SAAO on Sunday, May 13. A formal, detailed announcement will be made in the coming days. In the mean time – congratulations to our winners!

Magellanic mystery solved

Published 2018 May 14
In a Special Report edition of Nightfall, the Deep-Sky Section’s newsletter, find out more about a mysterious feature in the southern sky that still eludes most astrophotographers – yet can be seen with the naked eye! (read more…)

2018 astronomical highlights not to miss

Big 5 of the African Sky

Published 2017 June 23
The Big 5 of the African Sky – the five best deep-sky objects – are beautifully placed at this time of year for observing.

Find out more about the Big 5 and how to observe them and also how to qualify for this beautiful personalized mug!