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Content:
1. Announcements & Features
2. Major Astronomical Events
3
. Overseas Stargazing Trips
4. Talks and Events
5. What's up in the Sky?
 
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Announcements & Features


1) Mars-LE
 

Treat yourself to a night of wonder- witness the perihelic opposition of Mars and a total lunar eclipse all in one night! (Saturn and Jupiter will also be up in the sky!) This event is open to the public and everyone, including Astronomy clubs from schools are welcome to join to spend this eventful night together. It will be an overnight event, however, you are free to leave at anytime you wish.

Feel free to bring your equipments along for this event and should any of you like to volunteer your equipments (e.g. telescopes), do contact Remus at remuscj@celestialportraits.com to indicate your interest and state the details of your equipment you'll be bringing. There will also be a meeting on 29 June, Friday for volunteers and more information on this meeting will be conveyed to you by Remus closer to date. Anyone who would like to offer their assistance for this event (e.g. crowd control, educating public etc) are welcome to help too!

Hope to see you there!

Date: 27 July 2018, Friday
Time: 8pm (Friday evening to Saturday Morning)
Venue: Marina South Pier Building, Rooftop (beside Marina South MRT station)

Major Astronomical Events

 
1) Total Lunar Eclipse (27- 28 July)
 

Figure 1: Visibility of the Eclipse in the world

The second total lunar eclipse this year will be visible from Singapore on the night of 27th-28th July. Eclipses occur when the Moon enters the Earth’s shadow and becomes one straight line with the Sun. The Moon will enter the Earth’s penumbra at 01:15 and total eclipse will begin at 3.30. The whole eclipse takes approximately about 6 hours and will end at 07:28 the next morning. The reddish brown colour of the Moon will be visible when the whole moon enter the earth’s umbra at 02:25. No equipment is required for the viewing of the eclipse.

Overseas Stargazing Trips


1) 3D2N Mersing, Johor  (8-9 Aug/ 7-9 Sept)
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  (21- 23 Sept/ 12 -14 Oct)
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?

 


Over the Northeast this month and northeast of Boötes will be the constellation of Hercules, named after the hero in Greek mythology who was famed for his strength. While it is not particularly bright, it is still a useful marker to locate some of the deep sky objects in its vicinity, and even further towards the south.

From Konephoros (β Her), one can draw a line through Izar (ε Boö) to find M3, one of the finest northern globular clusters only after M13, the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules. The latter can be found by heading towards η Her to ζ Her.

Thereafter, one can find M92, a fairly bright globular cluster by drawing a line from Alphekka (α CrB) through η Her. Moreover, the Summer Beehive cluster (IC 4665, an open cluster) can be found by drawing a line through Rasalhague (α Oph) from η Her. Lastly, Graff’s cluster (IC 4756), an open cluster can be found and observed along with NGC 6633, a relatively diffuse open cluster by tracing a line through Sarin (δ Her) from η Her.

Find out more about this month's night sky with the following handy resources:
Science Centre Observatory Star Charts
www.SkyMaps.com
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