Oepekka explores the universe

On Saturday March 24th, Oepekka came to visit Capella in Hoegaarden to explore the universe. A small group of Oepekka members didn’t mind the cold to enjoy the starry sky. Not only were they very lucky to have a clear starru sky, but in addition the public lights were switched off for the occasion, and also for Earth Hour obviously. Next to satellites, constellations, bright stars and double stars with the naked eye, also to telescopes showed the celestial wonders. The highlight of the evening was the first quarter Moon that showed off with her splendid geography. Before and in between we shared stories on the cosmos to warm up a little bit.

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H-Alpha telescopes and observations

Thursday March 29th,  Janos Barabas will join us at the Capella meeting that  night to tell his stories on H-Alpha Observations and telescopes.  Janos has invented a pretty creative way to boost the resolution of a small H-Alpha telescope by adding a second, larger telescope in front of it (see Calendar, lecture in Flemish).

 

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“Instruments for large telescopes”

Dr. Bart Vandenbussche – member of the Institute for Astronomy, KU Leuven – came along in Hoegaarden and shared his vision and knowledge on how to observe the Universe. Once you know how, then you could build the “what”: which instruments do you need to analyse the signal (visual light, radio, other) that you receive?

This was a very learnfull evening, thanks Bart!

Dr. Bart Vandenbussche

 

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Night of the Night!

Please join us for a night walk through Hoegaarden.

Saturday October 8th at 20hrs, Gemeenteplein (Music  Kiosk).

Bring rubber boots in case of muddy weather! We ‘ll walk for half an hour to the Marollen Chapel, in case of good weather telescopes are there to look at our cosmos….

Back around 22hrs30

 

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Likely clouds for the Starparty April 16th

As it may happen in Flanders skies will be cloudy next Saturday. Probability of a covered sky is so high we decided to cancel this event and refer to next month’s activities!

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11-12 March: “Astronomy Days” in Flanders

On Friday and Saturday 11 and 12 March 2016 we have the yearly Astronomy days. Come and visit the activities in Hoegaarden, at the castle of the Sint-Janscollege  (free admittance) (Waversesteenweg 1, 3320 Meldert).

Each day freely accessible from 19hrs onwards.

Observations of the Moon, Jupiter and other celestial bodies with a whole battery of telescopes. Listen to the fireplace stories under the stars and the universe when cloudy.

On Friday: “Journey through the Universe” a digital interactive planetarium projection

On Saturday: “Child’s cosmos” an interactive discovery game for children age 6-12 on stellar topics ( from 19hrs15-21hrs)

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Discover science even when cloudy!

 

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Starparty February 13 canceled due to weather

Because of the 100% cloud cover this Starparty is canceled. Next opportunity for observing are the “Astronomy days” that take place March 11 and 12th at the Sint-Janscollege in Meldert, Hoegaarden. Keep an eye on this website.

 

Next Thursday February 18th monthly meeting in ‘t Paenhuys, Hoegaarden @ 20hrs with a presentation by Raoul Lannoye on the Walloon association for astronomy. Free admittance!

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Astronomy for beginners: new course in Tienen

You can join a brand new course as from Tuesday January 26th. Courses take place at Tuesdays in the cc. De Kuisboog at Tienen (Torsinplein). Cost of the 5 lessons is 50€.

Each lesson will dive into another piece of our univers and also one lesson will be dedicated to observing and optical instruments.

No prior knowledge required.

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Starparty next Saturday 16 of January

Last Update: we move one day and have our party SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17th @ 19hrs

Please not that there is snow and ice. Parking at the premises is not possible. Park you vehicle at Hauthem, a few hunderd meters before the chapel site (house nbr 100 onwards). Do not engage the field roads as you will be stuck.

Dress for polar conditions it will be very cold!

Welcome at the Marollen chapel in Hoegaarden for the first Starparty of the season. Attention: only with a clear sky!! Please take a look at the predictions it’s looking better and better so fingers crossed!

Come and learn the constellations or work with a telescope to observe te moon.

Dress for freezing weather!! it will be very cold.

Updates on this site later this week.

 

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Best wishes for 2016 !

Capella wishes a joyfull 2016 to everybody and lots of stars and clear nights!

some of the star events to come this year:

16 januari: Starparty when clear skies @ Marollenkapel

26 januari: start cursus “Sterrenkunde”  Tienen

11-12 maart: “Sterrenkijkdagen” Sint-Janscollege Meldert

9 mei: transit Mercurius across the Sun

 

 

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