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Astronomy.SG Newsletter for August 2009 is here!

November 15th, 2009

Astronomy.SG Newsletter for August 2009 is here!

Hi everyone!

There's an upcoming trip to Punggai, as usual. If you've missed the deadline for any one, there's always another - the next one is from 25 Sep - 27 Sep 09. You can see many photos, of the grounds, of the food, and of the skies, at http://www.yen-sky.blogspot.com/ if you need any persuading. Interested people can contact Carole at yenaw@pacific.net.sg, or find out more at http://astronomy.sg/archives/149.

If you don't want to go as far as Punggai, but still want to escape mainland Singapore (but after National Day...) look no further! MP Astro is organising a star-gazing at Pulau Semakau from 22 Aug -23 Aug 09, 6:30pm to 8:30am. There's a small matter of the price - $30 for non-MP Astro members. Limited vacancies, and deadline's 17 Aug, so hurry! For more information, please visit http://astronomy.sg/archives/548 or email mpastrosociety@gmail.com.

Closer still to home, there's another star-gazing at Woodlands Community Centre (http://astronomy.sg/archives/545) on 15 Aug 09, 7:30pm - 9:30pm.

Along with that, there's also one at Marine Parade Community Centre (http://astronomy.sg/blog/?p=154) on 29 Aug 09, 7:15pm - 9:pm. More than ever, star-gazing's more convenient and accessible, and it's a lot thanks to MP Astro!

Under the Lee Kuan Yew Distinguished Visitors Programme, Lord Martin Rees will be speaking at two public lectures. Admission is free; however, registration is required at http://www.lkydvp.sg/. On 24 Aug 09, His Lordship will speak on "Our Universe and the Role of Life in it" at NUS; on 27 Aug 09 at NTU, he will expand on his vision of "The World in 2050", and address the issues that come with Man's advancement. For more information - and there's lots to read up on his multiple awards and achievements - please visit http://astronomy.sg/archives/537. In case his name doesn't ring a bell, he is the current Astronomer Royal. That should be enough reason to listen to him.

There will be a star-gazing at Tiong Bahru Park on 28 Aug 09, 7:30pm - 9:30pm. For more information, please visit http://www.singastro.org/viewtopic.php?t=7377. There was a previous such event, with details at http://www.singastro.org/viewtopic.php?t=7201. Quite an impressive event, for it's plain-sounding name. Do show up!

And finally there's also a Get Together Star Party 2009, which is pretty self-explanatory. Find out more at http://astronomy.sg/archives/552.

Cheers!
Rong'en and Derek

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Astronomy.sg Newsletter for July 2009 is here!

November 15th, 2009

Astronomy.sg Newsletter for July 2009 is here!

Hi everyone!

July's here, and that means that the competition season is over. If you have missed them, you can always view the photos of the competitions at http://astronomy.sg/gallery. Photos from Astrigue, AstroFest and the recent AstroChallenge are all up! For those who were present, exciting, weren't they?

Perhaps the Shell Astro Challenge is also worth the mention, being an entirely new competition to the community. Organised by Science Centre Singapore, the Shell Astro Challenge recorded 12,393 people viewing through telescopes across 14 schools for the event. Christ Church Secondary emerged the Champions in both prize categories of the competition. All participating schools will receive a Galileoscope telescope as a token during the upcoming prize presentation ceremony.

Still, in conjunction with the International Year of Astronomy, there is one more competition - the Moon Photo Competition. Jointly organised by The Astronomical Society of Singapore (TASOS) and the Singapore Science Centre, there are a total of $6,800 worth of prizes to be won! There are 4 categories for the competition - no prizes for guessing which: Crescent Moon, Quarter Moon, Gibbous Moon and Full Moon. (Incidentally, how many of you guessed New Moon as one of the categories?) Anyway, for more details, please visit http://astronomy.sg/archives/336.

If you're itching for a stargazing session, there's one by MPAstro on 25 July (Saturday). More details can be found at http://astronomy.sg/archives/527. Or there's also the weekly Observatory session at Science Centre Singapore.

We also would like to recommend Martin's website: http://www.sunstopper.sg. He has set up a local website, complete with a blog, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to complement each other. It is a very informative and cool site about the solar eclipse that will happen on 22 July. This eclipse is very special, for it is the longest total solar eclipse that will occur in the 21st century, not to be eclipsed (pun unintended) till the year 2132. His website will also feature a live stream of the eclipse taking from Wuhan. Do join his facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/SunStopper/106678246022! Alternatively, you can follow him at http://sunstopper.wordpress.com/, http://twitter.com/sunstopper or http://www.youtube.com/thesu nstopper.

I suppose there are fewer events in July than previous months, but that should be taken as a sign that we should organise more! Or for some of us, we could take this opportunity to look back at we has happened, and reflect and improve on them. Whatever it is, we will work for the betterment of astronomy in Singapore.

Cheers!
Rong'en and Derek

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Astronomy.sg Newsletter for June 2009 is here!

November 15th, 2009

Astronomy.sg Newsletter for June 2009 is here!

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to another edition of the newsletter. Indeed, we are welcoming the highly-anticipated AstroChallenge '09! Initially organised by NUS & NTU, MP Astro has joined in, making this year's competition much more interesting.

The second day of the AstroChallenge is meant for the public as well: there's a cosplay that is part of the competition; a movie screening; a talk "What's up in the Sky Tongiht?" by a TASOS member; a talk "To Boldy Go Where No Astronomer Has Gone Before" by Star Trek fans (any Trekkies here?); followed by a star-gazing at East Coast Park. All of you are welcome to participate in these events! Please refer to the poster below for more details of the events, or visit here.

AstroChallenge 09 Publicity Poster

There's also the regular overseas star-gazing trip to Punggai, from 26 Jun - 28 Jun. You can contact Carole at yenaw@pacific.net.sg for more details or bookings, or visit here.

And not to forget, there's also Camp AstrOrdinary 2009 organised by MP Astro.

AstrOrdinarycamp 2009

A one-day overnight camp to Pulau Ubin for stargazing doesn't come that often, so this one's definitely an eye-opener. What's more, there's is a promotion for early birds: All bumboat ride and bicycles are sponsored for the first 24 campers to sign up!

So do hurry and make your registrations by emailing mpastrosociety@gmail.com, or find out more information over here.


Clear Skies!
Rong'en and Derek

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Astronomy.SG Newsletter for May 2009 is here!

November 15th, 2009

Astronomy.SG Newsletter for May 2009 is here!

Hello!

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

Venues:

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 http://www.science.edu.sg/ssc/CafeReg.htm


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 @ pacific.net.sg, 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!
Rong'en

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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Astronomy.SG Newsletter for April 2009 is here!

November 15th, 2009

Astronomy.SG Newsletter for April 2009 is here!

Hello!

Well, it's time for another update for the month's upcoming events and deadlines! I don't exactly enjoy doing this everytime, but I do make it a point to sound like I do. Something like how we guys serve National Service.

And on another note -- this will probably be the last newsletter I'm compiling for a while. I'm enlisting for conscription this month, so I'll be working for the government for a salary even lower than a McDonald's cleaner's.

But not too worry. Rong'en will take over, or at least I hope he does. He will continue updating the website regularly with an exhaustive list of events and send out this newsletter once a month, so Astronomy.SG isn't dead yet.


So What do We have for This Month?

7 news for April 2009

Astronomy.SG v2.0 Released!
New website, new design, new features and new objectives.

RI-HCI Astrigue 2009
Back with its Convention and Challenge, the year's second inter-school Astronomy competition will span over the month.

ACJC AstroFest 2009 Registration
In its third year and always full of surprises, AstroFest returns. Coming up in May, but registration will end this month.

Shell Astro Challenge Registration
An entirely new competition organised by Science Centre Singapore, Shell Astro Challenge will embark on a nationwide socio-educational event that aims to reach as many people new to Astronomy as possible. Registration ends this month, so don't wait.

Lyrids Star Party
Known for the lack of the meteors and having fun activities, the Lyrids Star Party returns. Did I just say that?

Talks by TASOS
Two talks at the Science Centre by TASOS, so don't be afraid to hop in.


More Details? Here you go.

Astronomy.SG V2.0 Released!

Took me about a week to get it completed, but it's up for good now. Astronomy.SG is back -- better, cooler and more time-wasting than ever before.

If you're not wasting your time by playing with the top banner which actually moves with your cursor, you can also check out the new features.

There's a Photo Gallery that's growing, and will become an extensive gallery featuring photos from ALL Astronomy events. We seek your help to obtain the photos!

And then there's a new Store that actually sells things cheaply. How cool is that?

Of course, you would also notice little Twitter updates in the small box hanging from the top.

In the future, we will organise events. It won't be simply another star party of competition -- We hope to bring you cheap overseas expeditions and even international Olympiads.

And finally, I'm developing Astronomy.SG into a proper organisation/society/business/mafia/whatever, because I alone cannot support the whole website myself. I'm in the process of contacting organisations and businesses for partnerships, and have actually linked up with a good few already. Can't release more details about our super secretive non-existent plans yet.

Go poke around at the Astronomy.SG website right now and enjoy the new design. It's pretty cool and neat, at least in my opinion.

One of the main reasons why I had a redesign was because the old design was not compatible with Internet Explorer 6, and over 40% of the visitors to the website still uses IE6! However, even with the new design, the website is STILL not compatible with IE6. For your own sake, IE6, UPDATE YOUR WEB BROWSER.

For more information, please visit the main link @ http://astronomy.sg


RI-HCI Astrigue 2009

The Raffles Institution (Junior College) and Hwa Chong Institution (Junior College) Astronomy Clubs wish to invite your school to participate in Astrigue 2009. This is an astronomy-based event with the aim of promoting astronomy among secondary school students. Astrigue 2009 comprises of two events. There will be a one-day learning camp (Astrigue Convention 2009) on 4th April 2009 held at Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) and a two-day inter-school...

Read the rest of RI-HCI Astrigue 2009


ACJC AstroFest 2009 Registration

The ACJC Astronomy Society will be organising AstroFest 2009. We cordially invite your school to participate in this event, which will be held on the following two days: 23 May 2009 (Sat) from 1pm - 6pm (Registration starts at 1pm in ACJC lobby), 30 May 2009 (Sat) from 1pm - 10pm. This is an annual event aimed at bringing together Astronomy enthusiasts from various institutions to share their experiences and learn from each other, and...

Read the rest of ACJC AstroFest 2009 Registration


Shell Astro Challenge Registration

In 2009, Shell Singapore Youth Science Festival Committee is organising an exciting new activity called “Shell Astro Challenge” to complement the 2009 International Year of Astronomy. The following are the objectives of Shell Astro Challenge: to give people the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of Astronomy through sky-observing experiences and educational materials; and to provide an avenue to connect amateur astronomers, educators and professionals through these activities...

Read the rest of Shell Astro Challenge Registration


Lyrids Star Party

lyrids2009

Learn about meteors and make new friends! Start Time: Saturday, April 18 at 8:00pm (Overnight). Where: Day activity @ Republic Polytechnic, Night activity @ The Field at East Coast Park Area D (near to CP D1). Event Fee: Free Admission. For enquiry, please drop a email to mpastrosociety@gmail.com OR contact our event coordinator at 97720230...

Read the rest of Lyrid Star Party


Talks by TASOS

The Astronomical Society of Singapore (TASOS) will be giving talks at the Singapore Science Centre's Observatory on the following dates: Dates: 16 Jan 09, 20 Feb 09, 10 Apr 09, 17 Apr 09 and more dates to be announced. Time: 7.30pm - 9.00pm. Venue: The Observatory (at the Omni-Theatre building). Please also visit the TASOS website for more details...

Read the rest of Talks by TASOS



Yup, that should be all.

Clear skies!
Derek

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Astronomy.sg Newsletter for March 2009 is here!

November 15th, 2009

Hello again!

Okay I'll admit that I entirely forgot about sending this out, so it's my bad that it's one week late. Still slightly useful anyway!

Just a couple of new events for this month. For more information, please visit http://astronomy.sg

12th NYP Astronomy Competition 2009

Perhaps the oldest and longest running Astronomy quiz today, the NYP Astronomy Quiz has always been very popular among all schools. This year, it'll fall on Friday the 13th. Oops.

Date: 13th March 2009, Friday

Time: 12.30pm - 8.00pm

Venue: Theatre for the Arts

Special Lecture: A/Prof. Chung Keng Yeow (Physics Department, NUS)

You may contact them at 6550-0522 for more information. Audience and supporters are allowed. There will also be a Final round competition among the top 5 teams on stage, so don't miss out!

And finally for those taking part, good luck!

Please visit the main link @ http://astronomy.sg/blog/?p=179

Talk by Dr Cheong Kham Kow

There will be a special IYA talk by Dr Cheong Kham Kow on Observatory Night Friday, 13 March 2009 @ 8:15pm @ Observatory Classroom (behind Sakura Restaurant at OmniTheatre).

Just some information:

Why are people interested in the Direction of the Sun? The Use of Astronomy in Modern Living

Does the Sun always rise in the east and set in the west? With their knowledge on apparent annual motion of the Sun, how did our ancestors use it beneficially? How could we use the same knowledge in modern living? A home owner may want to consider a design that boasts of magnificent views of sunrises and sunsets while avoiding the heat.

For this event, please register directly to Mrs Anne Dhanaraj.

Please visit the main link @ http://astronomy.sg/blog/?p=167

Pavilion Star Party

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

Start Time: Saturday, March 14 at 6:45pm
End Time: Saturday, March 14 at 11:00pm

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

Event Fee:
$10 for Passion Card Holder
$15 for Non-Passion Card Holder

Event Coordinator: Mr Zeng Jiayi

The Marine Parade CC YEC Astronomical Society will be organising Pavilion 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 more information, log in to facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=45004931644

For enquiry, please drop a email to valentinempastro@gmail.com OR contact the event coordinator at 97414952

Please visit the main link @ http://astronomy.sg/blog/?p=184

Earth Hour Star Party



Can anything be done about light pollution? How can all of the misdirected and excessive lighting that causes so much sky glow be avoided?

Most press coverage and magazine articles present light pollution mainly as an astronomy problem, emphasizing that sky glow prevents observing the starry night sky. Many amateur astronomers feel that the key to solving the problem is this kind of awareness - and thats how to get it fixed. **Earth Hour Star Party**

For Everyone, learn about light pollution and astronomy under the stars at East Coast!

Date: 28th March 2009
Time: 2030 Hrs - Overnight
Action: Turn off the Lights from 2030 to 2130
(or more if you want)

Where: Field beside the Siglap Canal at East Coast Park (near to CP D1)

Event Fee:
Free Admission

Everyone is encouraged to bring their telescopes!

For enquiry, please drop a email to mpastrosociety@gmail.com OR contact the event coordinator at 97720230

Please visit the main link @ http://astronomy.sg/blog/?p=70

Clear skies!
Derek

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Astronomy.sg Newsletter for February 2009 is here!

November 15th, 2009

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 http://astronomy.sg

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
Please visit the main link @ http://astronomy.sg/blog/?p=34

Stargazing #2

Date: Saturday, 28th Feb 2009
Time: 7.30pm to 12am (after the talk)
Please visit the main link @ http://astronomy.sg/blog/?p=37


Valentine Star Party

The Marine Parade CC YEC Astronomical Society will be organising a Valentines 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:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=45004931644

For enquiry, please drop a email to valentinempastro@gmail.com

Please visit the main link @ http://astronomy.sg/blog/?p=62

Camp for Warriors

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

The Thrill of Adrenaline: Thats 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 mpastrosociety@gmail.com

Please visit the main link @ http://astronomy.sg/blog/?p=64

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 (yenaw@pacific.net.sg) or Mr Au (auasoc@singnet.com.sg).

Please visit the main link @ http://astronomy.sg/blog/?p=85

Talk by TASOS

The Astronomical Society of Singapore (TASOS) will be giving a talk at the Singapore Science Centres 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.

Please visit the main link @ http://astronomy.sg/blog/?p=49

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 @ http://www.nipunaperera.com/naf09/other_event.php?o_id=6

Please visit the main link @ http://astronomy.sg/blog/?p=46

Science in the Caf: 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 Caf, 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 http://www.science.edu.sg/ssc/CafeMain.htm at least two days before the event.

Please visit the main link @ http://astronomy.sg/blog/?p=46

A Celebration of Women in Astronomy

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

In conjunction with the National University of Singapores 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 (Scitar) 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
Time:
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 (sarabjit@rgs.edu.sg / 68387862) for clarifications.

Please visit the main link @ http://astronomy.sg/blog/?p=141

Blog/Website Hosting @ Astronomy.sg

I'm opening up the domain for anyone who would like their website or blog to be hosted.

I'll provide the domain <any name>.astronomy.sg and more-than-enough server space (based in Singapore). It'll include a full WordPress installation with customisable themes and plugins support, but you can have Blogspot blogs, a simple website, or even URL redirection to your current site.

You can use it for your Astronomy society's website, your personal blog, webpage to advertise for an event or anything related to Astronomy.

Oh, and it's all free!

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Astronomy.sg Newsletter for January 2009 is here!

November 15th, 2009

Happy International Year of Astronomy 2009 everyone!

New IYA2009 Portal @ Astronomy.sg

This newsletter came late because of this. I've made a new site to track all the happenings this very eventful year. It features an Events Calendar which I'll try my best to keep updated, among other stuff. Do check it out! Best viewed in Firefox. http://astronomy.sg

Science in the Caf on 14 January

There's this talk on Astrobiology coming up on 14 January, at the Singapore Science Centre. Paul Davies was one of the speakers on life on Mars a few years back in NTU, and is the chairman of SETI too.

Science Centre Singapore
&
Centre for Quantum Technologies, NUS

cordially invite you to

Science in the Caf

on Wednesday, 14 January 2009 at 7:00pm

to be held in

The Newton Room, Science Centre Singapore

with

Professor Paul Davies
Director of BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science
Arizona State University

who asks

Is There A Shadow Biosphere On Earth?

Please see below for more information.

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

Reservations are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis due to limited seating.

Please make your reservations by directly replying to this Announcement, or, online through http://www.science.edu.sg/ssc/CafeMain.htm on or before 12 January 2009.

Science Centre Singapore thanks the Centre for Quantum Technologies, NUS for bringing us this learning opportunity.

Is There A Shadow Biosphere On Earth?

Are we alone in the universe? This biggest of the big questions of existence hinges on the probability that life emerges from a mixture of non-living chemicals. Is life on Earth a statistical fluke, or is there a life principle built into the laws of nature, so that life is almost bound to occur wherever there are earth-like conditions? Many astrobiologists believe the latter is the case, but how can their hypothesis be tested? No planet is more earth-like than Earth itself, so if there is a life principle at work in the universe then life should have started many times on Earth. This raises the fascinating possibility that there is a shadow biosphere populated by microbial descendants of other biogenesis events. In my talk, I shall outline strategies for finding a shadow biosphere and ask, could there be alien organisms living right under our noses?

Paul Davies

is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist, and currently, works in astrobiology, a new field of research that seeks to understand the origin and evolution of life, and to search for life beyond Earth. He was born in London, and spent most of his life in the UK. From 1990 to 2006, he lived in Australia. He moved to Arizona State University (ASU) to be the founding director of BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science in September 2006. In 2008, he was also appointed co-director of the ASU Cosmology Initiative. His interests are very broad, extending from the highly mathematical to the deeply philosophical, such as pondering the big questions of existence: How did the universe begin? What is the destiny of mankind? Is there a meaning to the universe? Along with publishing scientific papers, he has also written several books and articles for popular newsp apers and magazines, and produced several radio and television programmes. http://cosmos.asu.edu/

Visit the main link @ http://astronomy.sg/blog/?p=3

Annular Solar Eclipse on 26 January

After a 10-year solar eclipse drought, were fortunate enough to have two solar eclipses for Singapore in the IYA2009 calendar!

The first solar eclipse of 2009 occurs at the Moon's ascending node in western Capricornus. An annular eclipse will be visible from a wide track that traverses the Indian Ocean and western Indonesia. A partial eclipse will be seen within the much larger path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes the southern third of Africa, Madagascar, Australia except Tasmania, southeast India, Southeast Asia and Indonesia.

The solar eclipse will occur on the 26th of January, which also happens to be the first day of Chinese New Year. As of right now, there are two sun gazing sessions I am currently aware of.

NUS Astro is organising one in their football field.

Date: 26 January 2009, Monday
Time: 2:30PM to 6:30PM; the Moon will cover the Sun at about 3.30 pm
Venue: NUS Football Field

Singapore Science Centre will also be having a session at their observatory.

Date: 26 January 2009, Monday
Time: 4:30PM to 7:00PM; time of maximal eclipse 5:49 PM
Venue: The Observatory (at the Omni-Theatre building)

Visit the main link @ http://astronomy.sg/blog/?p=19

Weekly Stargazing Sessions at Singapore Science Centre

Well, if you are unaware, the Singapore Science Centre has been organising free-to-enter stargazing sessions for a few years already. For 2009, it will be no different. Every Friday, 8pm to 10pm, at The Observatory. Just walk in and say hi.

Time: 7.50pm - 10.00pm every Friday
Venue: The Observatory (at the Omni-Theatre building)

You can even look out for their themed Observatory evenings, which include Valentine's Day, Mid-Autumn Festival and Halloween.

For more information, please visit: http://www.omnitheatre.com.sg/stargazing.asp

Visit the main link @ http://astronomy.sg/blog/?p=31

Talk by TASOS on 16 January

I don't really have much information on this, but The Astronomical Society of Singapore (TASOS) is having some talk about something on the 16th of January. It will be at The Observatory classroom (the room beneath the observatory).

Date: 16 January 2009, Friday
Time: 7.30pm - 9.00pm
Venue: The Observatory (at the Omni-Theatre building)

Visit the main link @ http://astronomy.sg/blog/?p=49

Have a great year ahead!

Derek

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Thanksgiving Party

November 7th, 2009

Organised by MPASTRO and AGASTRO, the party on 24 Dec - 25 Dec 2010 is by invitation only.

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Geminids Star Party

November 7th, 2009

Come and join MPASTRO as they organise the Geminids Star Party! It is one of the best meteor showers to catch, as well as a chance to get together! This star party will be held on 11 Dec - 12 Dec. More details to be announced later.

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