Geminids Star Party

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Geminids Star Party

Dates: 12 Dec - 13 Dec 2009
Time: 8:00pm - 8:00am
Venue: Changi Beach Park (please click to see map)

Catch Geminids Meteor Shower a day before its peak!
View the Winter Deep Sky Objects via the Telescopes
Planets can be seen - Jupiter, Mars, Saturn.

MPASTRO is  giving away IYA-sponsored items and bottled water (while stocks last).

Getting there: Changi Beach Park is served by SBS Transit bus services 9, 19 and 89 at several bus stops along its length. These bus stops are among the closest to the coast you can find in Singapore. By taking these buses, visitors can alight along Nicoll Drive. Visitors can also take bus services 2, 29, 59 and 109 to Changi Village and 5 minutes of walk across the pedestrian footbridge to the park.

Activity Type: Suitable for age 12 and above.

In case of rain - MP ASTRO will inform the participants 3 hours in advance if there are any changes to the schedule.

Time Activity
8pm - 9pm Star-gazing for public
9pm - 10pm Space Treasure Hunt / Star-gazing for public
10pm - 11pm DSO Challenge
11 pm - 12am Marshmallow Campfire Competition
12am - 8am Meteor-gazing

The public star-gazing consists of a short tour with the aid of a laser to introduce the constellations you can see in the sky.

To register, please send an email with your name, NRIC no. and contact number.

Game Activity
For students only!
There will be an on-spot briefing on instructions and rules.

Space Treasure Hunt
In pairs - be the fastest to solve all the clues!
Winning pair will receive a GV Movie Voucher each.

DSO Challenge
Individual Round and must have a telescope - be the fastest to locate the list of objects!
Winner will receive the book "Turn Left At Orion".

Marshmallow Campfire Competition
In pairs - be the fastest to start a fire and roast 5 marshmallows
Winning pair will receive 2 free tickets each to Pulau Semakau on 19 December.

To register for the games, please send an email with your name, NRIC no. and contact number.

Please note the following if you are attending the Geminids Star Party:

1. Come Prepared
2. Remember to bring a red light if you plan on wandering around the site and arrive before dark so you can familiarise yourself with the site. A simple way to create one is to wrap red cellophane over the bulb/LED of the flashlight.
3. Children are more than welcome to attend but need to be supervised at all times, as there are a lot of potential trip hazards, and expensive equipment set up in the area.

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5 Responses

  1. Curious says:

    Hi, are the showers still viewable 14th dec 0000-0600(singapore timing)?

  2. Derek says:

    The Geminids meteor shower has a very broad maximum peak. Because of this, the night on which you view the meteors isn’t critical. Any night near to the peak of 13-14th Dec should be fine.

    The best time to view a meteor shower is in the late night to early morning hours, from about 2am. This is because as the Earth rotates toward dawn, the forward velocity of the planet adds to the linear velocity of the surface and atmosphere. This has the effect of “sweeping up” more meteors.

  3. Eva says:

    Hi, can we see it with bare eyes or have to see using telescope? Thanks.

  4. Derek says:

    Meteor showers can be observed without the use of any telescopes.

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