April 2021 Updates


dearMoon Project

What is the dearMoon project?

This project was initiated by Yusaku Maezawa. 8 people around the world will be able to go to the moon in the first civilian mission to the moon. People all around the world can sign up for this exciting project that will take place in 2023. Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa has already purchased all the seats aboard the Starship rocket for this mission, in 2018. Therefore, the mission will be free for the rest of the crew in the mission. Not only will this be the first civilian mission, it will also be the furthest man has traveled away from the moon, due to the trajectory of the path taken before landing on the moon.

What is the process of being selected?

After signing up, the shortlisting process will start and will last till the end of June and the crew will be selected. Afterwhich, is the training and preparation process where the selected crew will go training and be equipped with the necessary skills and training required for the mission.

How to sign up?If you are interested and willing to take part in this mission, do sign up! If you are interested in learning more, visit the following website: https://dearmoon.earth/

Talks and events

Science Centre Observatory and Digital Planetarium

The science centre observatory has been open since 2006 to the public. It is the most well known public observatory in Singapore, located in the science centre, in Jurong east. Due to the COVID-19 safety measures, participants need to book for a valid ticket to be allowed during the stargazing sessions. There will only be 50 slots for each date so book as soon as possible!

Fee: $14 (Omnitheatre and Stargazing)

Time: 7.45pm-10pm

Venue: Singapore Science Centre, near Jurong East MRT Station.

Find our more at: https://www.gevme.com/fridaystargazing

SGAC online webinars

The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) will be hosting multiple online webinars on its website. Do look through the various webinars and sign up if interested!

Fee: Free

Time: NA (depending on webinar)

Venue: Online

Find our more at: https://spacegeneration.org/events

What’s Up In The Sky?

Next to Canis Major and above the South this month is the erstwhile constellation Argo Navis, the ship used by Jason and his eponymous Argonauts in Greek mythology. It is composed of the present day constellations of Vela, the sail, Puppis, the poop deck (of which is partially shown in the image), and Carina, the keel.

Being positioned along the galactic plane, the Argo Navis is home to a dearth of deep sky objects, including the Carina Nebula, home to the Homonculus Nebula and η Carinae, a supernova imposter and hypergiant star which is the only star observed thus far to produce ultraviolet laser light.

Due to its brightness and relative proximity, Canopus (α Carinae) is especially useful in finding deep sky objects in the Argo Navis. Firstly, we can find Cr 224 (NGC 3293), an open cluster, by drawing a line from Canopus through Avior. Next, we can find IC 2581, a smaller open cluster, by drawing a line from Canopus through Aspidiske. Afterwards, we can find yet another open cluster, NGC 3228, by following the line from Canopus to μ Velorum. Lastly, by heading towards Suhail from Canopus, we can find NGC 2547, in which the Spitzer Space Telescope had detected the collision of two large asteroids orbiting one of the young stars of the cluster.

Next, we can find the Sprinter Cluster, a large open cluster containing more than 100 stars, which is also known as the Southern Beehive Cluster, by drawing a line through ο Velorum from Suhail.
Afterwards, we can find NGC 2808, one of the Milky Way’s most massive globular clusters, which possibly contains an intermediate-mass black hole within, by drawing a line from Aspidiske to Miaplacidus.

Lastly, we can find C71, one of the largest open clusters with around 300 stars in it and appearing almost as wide as the Moon, by following the line from Adhara towards Naos.

Find out more about this month’s night sky with the following handy resources:
Science Centre Observatory Star Charts

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