August 2020 updates

Announcements

Singapore Space Challenge (SSC) 2021

The highly anticipated SSC 2021 is now open for registration. Held for youths from 15-25 years old, the challenge for SSC 2021 is to design a rover model capable of carrying out excavation and/or In-Situ Resource Utilization missions on the moon. To find out more and for registration, visit https://www.space.org.sg/ssc/#ssc2021.

Commencement of astronomy expeditions

After an extended period of cancellation, astronomy trips to Mersing, Malaysia, will resume once again. The 3D2N trips will begin in 2021 and will be held once every month. Find out more at https://celestialportraits.com/cp_expeditions.html.

Talks and events

Science centre omni theatre documentary: “We are Stars”

The science center omni-theater has reopened recently, and a new documentary, ‘We are Stars’ is being screened. This documentary uncovers the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and the origins that connect life on earth to the evolution of the universe. As a safety measure, no food and drinks are permitted in the theater. Masks will have to be worn at all times.

For more details and to book tickets, visit https://www.gevme.com/scsonlinetickets

Astronomy 102 talk

Find out more about the possibility of life in outer space. Join the “Astronomy 102 Live series”. Organised by the Science Center Singapore, the talks will be held online.

Date: 28 August 2020

Time: 8 pm

Live stream: https://www.facebook.com/SCOBservatory

What’s in the sky?


Over the North this month and northeast of Boötes will be the constellation of Hercules, named after the hero in Greek mythology who was famed for his strength. While it is not particularly bright, it is still a useful marker to locate some of the deep sky objects in its vicinity.
From Konephoros (β Her), one can draw a line through Izar (ε Boö) to find M3, one of the finest northern globular clusters only after M13, the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules. The latter can be found by heading towards η Her to ζ Her.

Thereafter, one can find M92, a fairly bright globular cluster by drawing a line from Alphekka (α CrB) through η Her. Moreover, the Summer Beehive cluster (IC 4665, an open cluster) can be found by drawing a line through Rasalhague (α Oph) from η Her. Lastly, Graff’s cluster (IC 4756), an open cluster can be found and observed along with NGC 6633, a relatively diffuse open cluster by tracing a line through Sarin (δ Her) from η Her.

Find out more about this month’s night sky with the following handy resource:
www.SkyMaps.com

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