Newsletter for February 2009 is here!

The Portal for Astronomy in Singapore Newsletter for February 2009 is here!

Hello everyone!

Welcome again to our monthly newsletter with features on exciting celestial events, talks and lectures, stargazing sessions, and Astronomy camps. We hope you enjoy it! For more information, please visit

This month is something like 'The Jocelyn Bell Burnell Month'. We have a few stargazings here and there, some interesting Astronomy camps and overseas trips, and too many talks from Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

A Professor who has accomplished more than you would have in 3 lifetimes, Bell is currently Visiting Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Dame of the British Empire, having left her post as the President of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2004.

Stargazings @ NUS

There will be two stargazing sessions at the National University of Singapore (NUS) this month. The first will be on 6 Feb, and the second will be on 28 Feb, after a Jocelyn Bell Burnell's talk.

Stargazing #1
Date: Friday, 6th Feb 2009
Time: 6pm to 10.30pm
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Stargazing #2

Date: Saturday, 28th Feb 2009
Time: 7.30pm to 12am (after the talk)
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Valentine Star Party

The Marine Parade CC YEC Astronomical Society will be organising a Valentine’s Day Star Party targeted at singles to meet and mingle.

It is supported by Marine Parade Family Life Champion (FLC) and Marine Parade CC Youth Group (YEC).

The participants will get to know one another better through speed dating, interactive crossword puzzle game and romantic star gazing session.

For singles 20 to 35, making new friends under the stars!

Star Time: Saturday, February 7 at 6:45pm
End Time: Saturday, February 7 at 11:00pm

Where: Bougainvilliea Garden at East Coast Park (gather at Marine Parade CC)

For more information, log in to facebook:

For enquiry, please drop a email to

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Camp for Warriors

Camp Dates: 20, 21, 22 February 2009
Camp Fee: $10 (include meals, camp T-shirt and prizes!)

The Thrill of Adrenaline: That’s what Camp for Warriors is all about!

Youths of all ages explore “the heavens” with telescopes and experience the joys fellowship with astronomers from various schools. In this “immersion” experience people get to know and interact with student astronomers, learn to operate telescopes, keeping night-time hours, and interpreting their own observations.

This camp allows youths experience astronomy in a fun way during the day time with exciting activities. The participant does not require a prior background in astronomy to join for this camp.

For youths age 15 to 20.

Star Time: Friday, February 20 at 2:00pm
End Time: Sunday, February 22 at 11:00am

Where: Ngee Ann Primary School

For enquiry, please email to

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Punggai Astronomy Trips

For this year, there will be monthly trips to Malaysia for stargazing, organised by Carole.

It will be over a weekend (Friday night to Sunday morning) and at Punggai (Johor). Punggai is known for its great food and wonderful dark skies.

5 people will share a clean aircon chalet at S$130 per person. Each chalet will have one queen bed/one single bed and two mattress. The dates are listed below.

Feb 2009 20/02/09 to 22/02/09
Mar 2009 27/03/09 to 29/03/09
Apr 2009 24/04/09 to 26/04/09
May 2009 22/05/09 to 24/05/09
Aug 2009 21/08/09 to 23/08/09
Sept 2009 25/09/09 to 27/09/09

I don't know the registration deadline for each one of them, but generally it's about a month before the trip.

If you are interested please email to Carole ( or Mr Au (

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Talk by TASOS

The Astronomical Society of Singapore (TASOS) will be giving a talk at the Singapore Science Centre’s Observatory on the 20th of February.

Time: 7.30pm - 9.00pm

Venue: The Observatory (at the Omni-Theatre building)

Please also visit the TASOS website for more details.

The first talk of the year (16 Jan) will be by Kalaimani, the Hon. Secretary of TASOS.  The talk is on “Star Patterns”.

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Rhapsody on an Equatorial Evening

In conjunction with the NUS Faculty of Science 80th Anniversary and The International Year of Astronomy 2009, enjoy a one-night-only stargazing evening. Open the Jewel Box of the Southern Cross and journey along our Milky Way. Look Taurus in the eye and marvel at the beautiful Pleiades and Orion Nebulae. Survey lunar craters to see if there really is a Man on the moon. Learn about astronomy from our friendly experts and listen to starry legends from Greek, Indian and Chinese mythologies. Amid the serendipity of the activities, pen your own poem and stand to win attractive prizes!

There will be a pre-event talk by world-renowned physicist Professor Jocelyn Bell at 6pm at LT27.

Free Admission
No Max Capacity for stargazing session 7.30pm - 12am
Capacity for pre-event talk (6pm) in LT27 for Prof J. Bell's Lecture is 600 seats

Hurry register now @

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Science in the Café: What's Going on in the Universe?

The Singapore Science Centre, together with the British High Commission and National University of Singapore, is organising a talk, Science in the Café, on 26 Feb 2009 at 7.00pm.

The speaker will be Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell, a Visiting Professor from the University of Oxford. The talk is titled 'What's Going on in the Universe?"

Attendance is free of charge but pre-registration is required.

Please register online through at least two days before the event.

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A Celebration of Women in Astronomy

Please note that entry to this event is through invitation only.

In conjunction with the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Science 80th Anniversary and The International Year of Astronomy 2009, Professor Jocelyn Bell has been invited to Singapore and Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) is proud to host her lecture for invited secondary schools.

The Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) Science Club (Scitaré) will be organising this lecture, and hopes it will provide a platform for students’ active engagement with the issues discussed, as the invited speaker has a keen interest in the issues related to the education of science and astronomy.

The title of this lecture is “A Celebration of Women in Astronomy”.  The speaker will discuss some of the major advances by women in science and also her field of research, Astrophysics. Some of the questions we hope to address are:

- What are some of the many unanswered questions in science, specifically Astrophysics, today?
- What are some of the challenges that young people and, in particular, females see as a deterrent to a life as a scientist?
- What are some of the challenges faced by the scientist in their research work?
- Are there specific traits that females bring into the work of a scientist?
- Why do we need to inspire young minds when science is fun?
- How can educators inspire young minds?

Venue: K S Chee Theatre, Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary), 20 Anderson Road
Date:     27th February 2009
1330h    Registration
1400h    Lecture + Q & A
1530h    End

Please fill in the application form and fax it to 6235 3731 by 9th February 2009.  Your school will receive an acknowledgement through email by 11th February 2009.

Please do not hesitate to contact Mr Sarabjit Singh ( / 68387862) for clarifications.

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