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12 October 1915 Scottish born astronomer Robert Innes announced the discovery of the nearest star to our Sun, Proxima Centauri at a distance of approximately 4.24 light years from Earth. It is one of three known stars in the Alpha Centuri system in the constellation of Centaurus. The other two stars being Alpha Centauri A and B. Innes was an amateur astronmer in Australia, identifying double stars, but he is best known for his work in South Africa at the Royal Observatory Cape of Good Hope and in establishing other observatories. 04 October 1957 The first artificial satellite - Sputnik 1 - was launched by the Soviet Union. Weighing 83 kg and 58cm in diameter, it took 96 minutes to orbit the

October Meeting - Wednesday

Please note that the Sydney City Skywatchers meeting for October is on WEDNESDAY 3rd October 2018 6:30 p.m. at Sydney Observatory (Discovery Room) At this meeting we will be holding our Annual General Meeting Your attendance is appreciated as a quorum is required to conduct the meeting. This is a good time to have your say about SCS. Why not consider nominating for the Committee? New ideas are very welcome. You should have received the AGM Notice and Nomination Form by postal mail. For your convenience they are also attached. Please Note: You must be a financial member to vote at the AGM. As well we will have our special speaker . . . SCS member Adriano Massatani High Resolution Imaging wi

Solar Observations: August 2018

Once again all Sunspot, Prominence and Flare activity remained extremely low as we approach the Sun's Solar minimum. I expect this could occur in the coming year. A total of 25 observations were made for the month with the remaining days being cloud covered or rain. This consisted of 17 days when the Sun was clear of Sunspot activity and 6 days when no observations were made due to bad weather. The remaining 8 days where the only ones with some minor Sunspot activity. A single Hsx Sunspot was observed on the 1st August UT with a CV of 10 in AR 12717. The following day it was gone. Another single Hsx spot was observed on the 14th in AR12718. This remained on the Solar disc until the 17th. On

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