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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) ActInSpace 2020 (#AIS2020)
 

The 4th edition of ActInSpace® will take place in 50 countries and 100 cities. ActInSpace® is the reference international competition for imagining the products and services of tomorrow using satellite data or space applications. 

Launched by CNES (the French government space agency) in 2014 and supported by ESA since 2016, ActInSpace® aims at fostering entrepreneurship, especially among young people. Midway between a start-up weekend and a hackathon, ActInSpace® enables teams with different profiles throughout the world to take up, in just 24 hours, one of the challenges set up by CNES, ESA and their partners. 

For the 2020 edition, the objective is to extend the international dimension of the event. Therefore CNES and ESA have renewed their trust in Aerospace Valley, who as manager of the ESA BIC South France, will once again be in charge of the operational organisation. ActInSpace® should take place in 50 countries and 100 cities. The finals will take place in Toulouse, France, in June 2020 during Global Space in Toulouse, the new international meeting for the space industry, a platform for the world’s latest innovations and technologies and a driver for meetings and collaborations.

The best team wins a ZeroG flight in the European astronaut’s aircraft and all competitors get the opportunity to be accompanied for the launch of their startup.

Registration for this competition commences on February 29, 2020. The registration details and  information can be found on this page.

Overseas Stargazing Trips


1) 3D2N Mersing, Johor

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.

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?

 

High above the east and near the zenith this month is the constellation of Orion, the Hunter. With its bright stars and convenient placement near the celestial equator, Orion has traditionally served as a good reference for both deep sky objects and constellations in the winter sky.

By extending a line through both ends of Orion's belt, one can find Canis Major, with its bright alpha star Sirius closer to the eastern horizon, and Taurus, closer to the zenith. Similarly, by extending lines from both ends of the diagonal of the brightest stars of Orion, Rigel and Betelgeuse, one can find both Eridanus and Gemini on either side of Orion. The red giant, Betelgeuse can also be used to find M35 and NGC 2169, the eponymous '37 Cluster' from Saiph and Altinak (at the eastern end of Orion’s belt) respectively.

Between the belt of Orion and the line formed by Rigel and Saiph is the visible Orion Molecular Gas Cloud Complex, better known as the great Nebula of Orion (M42, M43), one of the brightest nebulae in the night sky. By extending the same line, one can also find M47.

By extending a line through Aldebaran, the alpha star of Taurus, from Bellatrix, one can find the Pleaides (M45), the 'Seven Sisters' and by far one of the brightest open clusters in the night sky, easily visible to the naked eye. One can also find M37 by extending a line through Bellatrix from Rigel.

Lastly, by tracing a line from Procyon, the alpha star of Canis Minor, to Sirius, one can find M50, the Heart-Shaped Cluster, a nice treat to be enjoyed in the middle of this month.

Find out more about this month's night sky with the following handy resources:
http://www.skymaps.com/downloads.html
 
 
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