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2. Major Astronomical Events
. Overseas Stargazing Trips
4. Talks and Events
5. What's up in the Sky?
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Announcements & Features

1) Caltech Space Challenge 2019- Encelanders

The Caltech Space Challenge is a 5 day international student space mission design competition that allows participants to work under the mentorship of experts in this field. Under their guidance, participants must work together in teams and race against time to design their mission concept from scratch to final proposal. It sure will be an exciting and interesting journey! 

Date: 24 - 29 March 2019

You can find out more information here

Major Astronomical Events

1) Supermoon

Fig 1: Earth and sun position of a full moon
The moon reaches perigee on the 21st January and this will be the 1 out of 3 moons in the whole year that would be a supermoon. During a supermoon, the moon looks brighter and bigger than usual as it will be located on the opposite side of the earth and would be fully illuminated by the Sun. Be sure to just look up into the sky and catch the full moon when it rises at about 19:41. Moon set for the day will be about 06:47.
2) Venus at greatest western elongation
Fig 2: Position of Venus on the night of 6 January

Venus reaches its furthest separation from the Sun on the 6th of January, meaning that that it would be well placed for observation. It will rise at about 03:50, at an altitude of 42° above the south-eastern horizon until dawn breaks at about 06:54. During this period, Venus becomes the third brightest object in the sky. Venus is often called the morning star or evening star during this period.

Overseas Stargazing Trips

1) 3D2N Mersing, Johor  (TBC)
Renowned local astrophotographer Remus leads monthly trips to Mersing for a 3D2N experience with dark skies and a chance to learn to take gorgeous astrophotographs. Join in for a relaxing yet educational getaway!

Fee: ~$210/pax for twin/triple-sharing (single-sharing is available upon request, additional charges apply)
Includes: Transport, accommodation, meals
For more details and registration, visit Remus' Expeditions Page.

2) Cosmocraft 2D2N Tanjong Leman, Malaysia  (4- 6 Jan/22 - 24 Feb)
Looking for a weekend retreat from your busy schedule? Come join Cosmocraft's weekend Astronomy trip to Tanjong Leman for a short yet fulfilling getaway!

For more details and registration, visit Cosmocraft's official website here.

Talks and Events

Regular Public Observatory Sessions

1) Galaxy Astronomy Club Observatory Sessions
The observatory known to northern SG residents, Galaxy hosts weekly Friday and Saturday observatory sessions.
Fee: $1 per entry per person / yearly membership ($10 - Passion card; $12 - non Passion card)
Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm every Friday and Saturday
Venue: Woodlands Galaxy Community Club, near Admiralty MRT station.

7:30 - 8:15pm: Urban Astronomy Series (Basic Astronomy Class)* (Milkyway Room at Lvl 5)
8:30 - 9:00pm: Tonight Sky Updates - venue: Milkyway Room at Level 5
7:30 - 9:30pm: Observatory will be open (subject to weather)

2) Science Centre Observatory Sessions
Opened since 2006 to the public, it is the most well known public observatory in Singapore, located in the west of SG. Every Friday night the observatory will be opened to the public, unless it is heavily raining or if there is a risk of lightning involved.

Fee: Free
Time: 7.45pm-10pm
Venue: Singapore Science Centre, near Jurong East MRT station.


3) Live Planetarium Shows
The Live Show is a live presentation conducted by a Science Educator. Amazing visuals are projected on the dome screen using a computer and specialised software.Choose from a selection of four equally intriguing and educational shows - "Exploring The Planets", "Cosmic Surfing", "What’s Up There?" and "Back To The Moon For Good".

Time: Varying time slots
Venue: Science Centre Omni Theatre

What's up in the Sky?


Above the North this month, are the constellations of Perseus, Auriga and Taurus.

Although Perseus is not a particularly bright constellation, it is nonetheless similarly blessed with a dearth of deep sky objects, much like its compatriots Auriga and Taurus in the winter sky. From Algol, one can find the Heart and Soul Nebulae, bright and distinctive star-forming nebulae, by extending a line through Miram. Thereafter, one can find the Double Cluster (C 14), two open clusters viewable in close proximity, by extending a line from Capella through Miram.

Afterwards, one can extend a line from Capella to γ Persei to find the open clusters NGC 1545 and 1528, with the latter being denser than the former. Next, one can find the Starfish Cluster (M38), an open cluster in a X-shape similar to some of its namesakes, as well as the Flaming Star Nebula (C 31) by following the line from θ Aurigae to Hassaleh.

Penultimately, one can find the open cluster NGC 1647 and the false open cluster (in actuality an asterism) NGC 1746 by extending a line from Alnath to Aldebaran. Lastly, the Pleiades, a bright and well known open cluster, as well as a favourite of many amateur astronomers, can be found by following the line from Bellatrix through Aldebaran.

Find out more about this month's night sky with the following handy resource:
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