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


1) TASOS Mid-Autumn Festival 2018
Don't know how to celebrate the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival? TASOS is hosting their annual Mid-Autumn Festival celebration and all TASOS members are invited! Take this opportunity to rewind and reconnect with your fellow TASOS members.

Date: 21 September 2018
Time: 8pm - 9pm
Venue: Open Area in front of Astro-Scientific Centre, Science Centre Singapore

For more information or enquiries, visit TASOS official website here.

Major Astronomical Events

 
1) Neptune at opposition
 

Source: In-the-sky.org
 
On the 7th of September, planet Neptune will be at its closest position to Earth. This blue ice giant will be visible all night and is the best time in the year to view. But considering Neptune’s distance from Earth, it will only be seen as a tiny blue dot even if using a powerful telescope. 

Overseas Stargazing Trips


1) 3D2N Mersing, Johor  (12- 14 Oct/ 6 - 11 Nov)
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  (12 -14 Oct// 6 - 11 Nov))
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
Website: http://www.omnitheatre.com.sg/Singapore-IMAX-Movie.html

What's up in the Sky?

 

 
Next to Scorpius, and directly above the direction of South is Sagittarius, the Archer. As seen above, it is more recognisable by its relatively bright stars forming the shape of a Teapot. Positioned right below the Galactic Centre itself, Sagittarius is a treasure trove of deep sky objects that can be relatively easily found by utilising its bright stars.
 
Starting from the teapot itself, near the top of the teapot, M22, a globular cluster, can be found by extending a line from Kaus Borealis (the closest easily visible star in the direction of the Wow! signal!) to Polis. The line can then be extended further on to find M23, another open cluster. One can also extend a line from Phi Sagittarii (φ Sgr) through Kaus Borealis, to find the Trifid Nebula (M20). Thereafter, Lagoon Nebula (M8) and M21, an open cluster, can be found by going southwards and northwards respectively from M20. M25, an open cluster, can also be found by extending a line through Kaus Borealis from Kaus Australis.

Moreover, one can also find the Wild Duck Cluster (M11) by extending a line through Kaus Borealis from Kaus Media. Penultimately, by extending a line through Polis from Alnasl, one can find M24, an open cluster, the Omega Nebula (M17), NGC 6605, an open cluster, the Eagle Nebula (M16), as well as NGC 6604, another open cluster, in sequential order. Lastly, one can find the following open clusters by extending a line through Alnasl from Nunki: Butterfly Cluster, NGC 6416, NGC 6384 and NGC 6374.

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