The vastness of the skies have held mystery and wonder for many years, and in July Saturn will be passing really close to Earth and promises to be a sight to behold. Now you can also see the stars and planet Saturn in all it’s glory thanks to the team at Parkview Golf Club. On the 14th of July – when Saturn passes the earth close enough to offer clear visibility of the solar system’s second largest plant, and both Venus and Jupiter pass nearby, the club is organising a mid-winter star-gazing evening on its fairways.
Leading astronomer, Gil Jacobs, will present a short lecture and slide show on the night sky over the suburb before guests adjourn with hot chocolate or glühwein (mulled wine) to the course fairway to lie back on blankets and, with Gil’s guidance, study the heavens through powerful telescopes.
“Our star-gazing evening last year proved a huge success,” says club director, Jerry Fraser, “We’re expecting an even better attendance this year”.
“The skies are particularly clear on winter nights and many folk were thrilled with a close-up telescopic view of planets close to us.”
Astronomers promise that Saturn, a gas giant with an average radius about nine times that of Earth, will be ‘clearly visible’ in July.
Although it has only one-eighth the average density of Earth, with its larger volume it is just over 95 times more massive.
The star-gazing evening event is free and starts at 18:00. It will be followed by a light supper (at R100 a person) and refreshments at the bar.
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