Astronomy.SG Newsletter for May 2009 is here!

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Astronomy.SG Newsletter for May 2009 is here!

Astronomy.SG Newsletter for May 2009 is here!


Yep, once again, the newsletter's back! Now, what's going on? In fact, there's a star-gazing tonight! (There was one last night also.) But not just any ordinary star-gazing; no - it's held at VivoCity! The first time any star-gazing has been held at a shopping mall, as far as I know. And there's Marche a wonderful view of the sea... so romantic...

Oh and about the website itself, we're expanding the content: not only are details of upcoming events updated (duh!), but also past events! We'll include the results of past competitions, so that the winners can be honoured and remembered. So do visit the website every now and then for the latest updates!

And we always welcome suggestions on what you guys would like to see on the website and in the newsletter. In fact, I was thinking of creating some games/puzzles to put on the website - astro is fun!

So what do we have for this month?

7 events in May 2009

Sidewalk Astronomy Carnival
Star-gazing has never been so popular! With TASOS, HISTORYTM, StarHub & VivoCity partnering to organise this wonderful opportunity, don't miss this momentuous event! Besides star-gazing, there are also educational talks, activities and documentaries.

Details are as follows:

Dates: 1 May & 2 May 2009

Time: 6pm - 10pm

Venue: VivoCity Skypark (3rd floor - see map below)

Shell Astro Challenge
See which school can attract the most viewers! Come support your school of choice in this simultaneous star-gazing all over our island! A total of $1,200+ worth of prizes to be given away!

Dates: Indicated in brackets next to school

Time: 8pm - 11pm


Anderson Junior College (29)

Anglo Chinese School (Independent) (15)

Christ Church Secondary School (29)

Elias Park Primary School (29)

First Toa Payoh Primary School (29)

Fuchun Secondary School (29)

Innova Primary School (29)

Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary Schoool (29)

Madrasah Aljunied Alislamiyah (29)

Nanyang Girls' High School (29)

National Junior College (15)

Naval Base Secondary School (28)

Raffles Institution (Junior College) (29)

Astronomical Visualisation Showcase
Asst. Prof. Philip Wu Chi Wing will be presenting the application of 3D computer graphics techniques to the visualisation of astronomical data, including some brief historical and scientific background. Sounds cheem? Not to worry, no prior technical knowledge needed! Listen up and enjoy!

Date: 20 May 2009

Time: 7pm

Venue: Newton Room, Singapore Science Centre

Pre-registration is required at

Punggai Astro Trip
Every now and then, there'll be a short stress-relieving weekend getaway to Punggai. Who's going? If you're not, there's still time! You can sign up by emailing Carole at yenaw @, although the closing date approaches. Alternatively, you could always sign up for the next one in August!

Duration: 3 May - 5 May 2009 (3D2N)

Cost: $165.00 per person for quad sharing

Venue: (see images below & minus the clouds)

ACJC AstroFest
Back for its 3rd round of showcasing of projects, contests and talks! Do drop by to view the projects and the finals, if you're not participating. If you are, good luck! *Evil cackle*

Dates: 23 May & 30 May 2009

Time: 1pm - 6pm (Day 1) & 1pm - 10pm (Day 2)

Venue: Anglo Chinese Junior College

See last year's pictures to have an idea of what goes on!

AJC Astro Week
AJC Astronomy Club will be holding a series of activities such as an astronomy exhibition, planetarium sessions, PET rocket competitions and night sky observation. More details soon!

Duration: 25 May - 29 May 2009

Moon Distance
This project should be quite obvious, but it would be interesting to do it this way. Anyone game?

And that's it for May 2009.

Clear skies!

P.S. If you think that this newsletter is useful/informative, kindly spread the word and encourage your club/friends to sign up!


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