Astronomy Events

OSIRIS-REx returns to Earth with an Asteroid Sample - Sun 24th Sep 2023

OSIRIS-REx

The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) is the first U.S. spacecraft to collect a sample from an asteroid. OSIRIS-REx traveled to near-Earth asteroid Bennu and is bringing a small sample to Earth for study.

This sample will be from the earliest days of the Solar System, unaffected by the weathering and geological processes we see here on Earth. It’s hoped this will give researchers a deeper insight into how our Solar System was formed and developed over billions of years.

OSIRIS-REx was launched on September 8th, 2016, aboard an Atlas V 411 heavy lift rocket. It reached the Asteroid Bennu in 2018, collected a sample from its surface in Oct 2020.

You can read more about the OSIRIS-REx in detail at the mission’s NASA website.

Latest Event - Introduction to Practical Astronomy Course

Start date: Wed 7th Aug 2024    

The annual Introduction to Practical Astronomy Course  run the Sutherland Astronomical Society (SASI) is on!

Wed 7 Aug Getting Acquainted with the Night Sky
Wed 14 Aug Constellations from the Southern Hemisphere
Wed 21 Aug Setting up Telescopes & Understanding Optics
Wed 28 Aug The Solar System
Wed 4 Sep Stars
Wed 11 Sep Deep Sky Objects
Wed 18 Sep Intro to the Big Bang Theory
Wed 25 Sep New Developments in Astronomy & Space, Basic concepts for beginners in Astro-Photography)

Sessions are held at the Green Point Observatory in Oyster Bay, south of Sydney.

Recommended: Additional Saturday evenings dark-sky observing during the course, with mentor volunteers.

You will need to book – full details here

 

Coming Up - Great Sydney Total Solar Eclipse 2028

Start date: Sat 22nd Jul 2028    

Taken in Carbondale IL, USA during the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
Canon 5D MK3 with Sigma 150-600mm lens and Baader AstroFilm solar filter.

Ok so this might be a little premature 4 years out from the event, but hey – why not get the hype machine rolling early right? There’s a lot of time to prepare and practice or at the very least, scratch a few days off your future calendar to come join us and the rest of Sydney for a total solar eclipse with a “greatest duration” of totality that passes right over the Bintel store in Glebe! Almost 4 glorious minutes of darkness await during totality. To check the map for your predicted time and proximity to totality check NASA’s website here.

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