1. Announcements & Features
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) World Space Week- Science Centre

Behold- World Space week is here! In conjunction with this week, Science Centre Singapore has organised a slew of activities lined up for you! Learn more about our universe through live planetarium shows, or view planets at their stargazing sessions. Every and anyone is invited to join these activities!

Date: 4 - 10 October 2018
Venue: Science Centre, Omni Theatre and/or Observatory 

Find out more information at Science Centre's official website here
2) 5th Singapore Space Symposium

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will be hosting a symposium themed "Space Technologies for Smart Cities", aim to increase awareness on and promote development activities on satellite technologies and others. This symposium features keynote speaker Dr. Charles Elachi, Professor (Emeritus) of Electrical Engineering and Planetary Science at the California Institute of Technology, who will be discussing the topic of remote sensing and the use of space technology in Singapore. 

Date: 15 October 2018, Monday
Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Venue: NTU, LT2A

Register and/or find out more information here

Major Astronomical Events

1) Orionids meteor shower

Fig. 1: Origin of Orionids on the night of 21st

Creating the Orionids meteor shower is the dust grains left behind by comet Halley. Running every year since the ancient times, the Orionids starts from the 2nd of October to the 7th of November. This year, it is peaking on the 21st of October and would produce an average of 10-20 fast meteors per hour with the maximum at 25. However from Singapore, the radiant of the shower this year will be 5° above the eastern horizon meaning that prospects of viewing will be heavily reduced. The moon’s glare would also cover some of the fainter meteors and make viewing even more limited. The meteors could be anywhere in the sky though it originates from the constellation orion. Viewing in a dark location would be best recommended.
2) Uranus at opposition
Fig 2: Uranus on the night of 24th October
Uranus will be at its brightest of the whole year on the 24th of october, well placed in the constellation Aries for observation. Opposition of a planet occurs when the planet is almost directly opposite the sun. Uranus will also be at its perigee right after opposition and would be at its closest to earth. Best time for viewing would be at 00:49 thought the planet rises from 20:12 to 05:23. It is impossible to distinguish Uranus from a normal blue-green dot unless with the aid of a telescope.

Overseas Stargazing Trips

1) 3D2N Mersing, Johor  (6 - 11 Nov/ 7 -9 Dec)
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  (6 - 11 Nov/ 7 - 9 Dec)
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?


Overhead this month is Deneb, part of the Summer Triangle. It consists of Deneb, Altair and Vega, which are widely known recognized in the Chinese love story of Qi Xi (七夕) or the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl (牛郎织女).

Cygnus, the Swan, is a bright constellation and can be found in the northern part of the sky. The bright star at the end of Cygnus, is Deneb, which forms one end of the Summer Triangle and is the easiest way to find Cygnus in the night sky. Albireo, or Beta Cygni, is a celebrated binary star for its contrasting hues, with a brighter orange-hued giant star and a dimmer blue-green hued star

To the left of Cygnus is Aquila, the Eagle, also a decently bright constellation with a bright star, Altair. Lastly, Lyra is a somewhat bright constellation with Vega being particularly bright

In the vicinity of the Summer Triangle, there are quite a number of fairly bright deep sky objects that can be found. Firstly, the Coathanger asterism (Brocchi’s Cluster) can be found by tracing a line towards Vega from Altair. By tracing a line from Vega through Rukh, one can find the open clusters Messier 39, Caldwell 16 and Collinder 456 (NGC 7686).

Thereafter, one can trace a line towards Deneb from Albireo, finding the open cluster NGC 6871, as well as the reflection nebula IC 5076 (reflecting Deneb's starlight). From Sadr, tracing a line through Deneb, one can find the Elephant’s Trunk Nebula, a nebula rife with young stars and part of the larger IC 1396 nebula complex.

Moreover, one can find NGC 6940, an open cluster, by tracing a line from Gienah towards Altair, and afterwards the fairly rich open clusters Graff’s Cluster (IC 4756) and NGC 6633 by tracing a line from Theta Aquilae (θ Aql) through Deneb Okab. Lastly, one can find M15, a fairly bright globular cluster by tracing a line from Biham to Enif.

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