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In this month - November

28 November 1967 The first pulsar is discovered by Jocelyn Bell (Image above taken 19 July 2018). Working as a research student at Cambridge University she discovered a signal that was pulsing with great regularity. She dubbed it "Little Green Man 1". The discovery was recognised in 1974 with the Nobel Prize in Physics however as she was only a research student she was excluded from receiving the prize, her supervisors getting the medal. 29 November 1967 Australia’s first satellite – WRESAT 1 – is launched. The launch made Australia the seventh nation to have a satellite launched, and the third nation to launch one from its own territory, after the Soviet Union and the United States. Weighin

Solar observations: September 2018

Each day, weather permitting, Monty Leventhal observes the Sun, our closest star, and records activity such as solar prominences, sun spots, coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and solar flares. Monty reports his findings at our monthly meetings and for some time now it has been obvious that we are in a period of very little activity on the Sun. HIs observations are collected by a number of organisations around the globe and contribute to research. Here is a summary of Monty's September 2018 report: For the month of September 2018 all activity once again on the Sun remained extremely low. A total of 18 Observations were made for the month with the remaining 12 days being cloud covered and/or rain.

AGM - Message from our President

Good evening ladies and gentlemen my name is Monty Leventhal, the President of this astronomical club, The SCS. I and on behalf of the SCS committee, welcome all members and visitors to this SCS Annual General Meeting. My sincere thanks goes to my committee members who organized speakers and outings for our general meetings each month; namely, Elizabeth Cocking, our secretary who records our meetings, handles our incoming and outgoing mail, our minutes, our increasing membership, suppers, Raffles, Christmas parties and anything that needs to be known. Dr. Toner Stevenson, Senior vice president who has worked with Jorge Isaias to produce and run the website. Toner also arranges for very inter

Did you know? Sirius

This month we feature …….. Sirius – The Dog Star. Sirius is known as the “Dog Star” as it is located in the constellation Canis Major (The Greater Dog). The name Sirius comes from the Greek Seirios which means “scorching”. Because of its brightness it was well known to the ancient Egyptians around 4000 BC. After the Sun, Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky and is outshone only by Venus and Jupiter as well as the International Space Station. It is not, however, the most luminous star in the sky and only appears bright to us because of its relative closeness of 8.6 light years. Sirius is actually a binary star system made up of two stars – Sirius A, a white main sequence star about t

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