Just a reminder that the HARTRAO visit is almost upon us. The idea is to meet 15:30 for 16:00 at HARTRAO. You can find directions and GPS co-ordinates here: How to get to HartRAO
If you want to make a day of it, and would like to add some natural history to your astronomy, Maropeng is quite close, 14km away, as well as the Sterkfontein Caves. More detail about Maropeng is here: http://www.maropeng.co.za/
The spreadsheet which indicates the attendance and paid status is available here: http://bit.ly/kiron5 . If I have missed your payment please let me know so that I can check, otherwise I can get your money on the day.
THIS, was a really great outing. Thanks for arranging Mandarb, in spite of the biting cold, it was educational, fun and absolutely worth while driving into the bundus.
The sheer size of that dish impressed me no end, and the laser show was the highlight of the kid’s and the S/O’s evening. Seeing Saturn close up came tops for me, even though at that point of the evening I was frozen beyond description.
Could you post us some of the pics Mandarb, or perhaps mail them to me? It would be most appreciated.
Was awesomeness. Thank you Mandarb. That dish is cool and I think many were surprised to find the dishes you see from the road is NOT the observatory, but in fact smaller installations, and the real fun lay behind them hills.
I still think it’s an extreme pity they couldn’t find the Jewelbox, I’m sure people would’ve been wowed by that way more than Saturn. Looks like this:
IIRC it doesn’t appear nearly as tiny (as saturn does) through a decent telescope.
I must say I was expecting more “cool stuff” to be happening in the control rooms with scientists walking about checking out cool things, maybe a demonstration of listening to a distant star and showing graphs, etc. Instead it was all automated by people on the other side of the world (also a cool fact!). I got a distinct feeling the event was more planned for kids, and worked very well for that I must say. Having some physicists in the crowd sure seemed to bowl the guide for a maiden, but made for cool facts being thrown around.
A nice visit. This was the first time I went to a meeting and I expected that we would sort of introduce ourselves. That never happened so I am still trying to put faces to names. I was the short bald guy. (bald by choice, I shave). Mandrab I met but who were the others?
Thanks, like I’ve said before, I get mixed reviews.
It’s actually a pity I assumed that not everyone there was from this forum, at SITP I often get a “what forum?” instead of “I’m X”, so I’ve grown weary of asking the question. We have atheists/skeptics from all over that attend who are not from this forum. As such we didn’t even get in a chat. (I also assumed our guide/other guests may not be atheist and didn’t broach that one either)
I suspected Faerie might be there, and might be the shortish glasses lady with kids, but Tweefo, I had no clue, and was a veritable astronomical information mine. So glad you came, as our guide didn’t seem as prepared.
I think for the first time I’ve spent time with some atheist kids!