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.


Beste wensen voor 2016!

Capella wenst iedereen een vreugdevol 2016 met heel veel sterretjes en heldere nachten!

Enkele van de toppers van komend jaar:

16 januari: Starparty bij helder weer aan de Marollenkapel

26 januari: start cursus Sterrenkunde te Tienen

11-12 maart: Sterrenkijkdagen op het Sint-Janscollege te Meldert

9 mei: transit van Mercurius over de zon

Sterrensporen aan het kasteel van Horst

Sterrensporen aan het kasteel van Horst (c) Hans Coeckelberghs





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



Lecture on 50 years the BIRA institute in Ukkel (Brussels)

Next Tuesday you can enjoy a lecture by Dr. Karolien Lefever (Boutersem) on “50 years of research on earthly an on-earthly atmospheres”. The trigger is the 50 years celebration of this Belgian research institute on Ukkel premises.

Karolien Lefever (Boutersem) becam a doctor in Astronomy in Leuven and is at presentresponsible for communication at the BIRA.


VVS Capella has the rare opportunity to welcome her as a speaker. The lecture will be in Flemish but questions in English are alwyas possible.

BIRA-IASB 50years

As always free admittance, doors open at 19hr30 and the lecture starts at 20hrs sharp. Address: ‘t Paenhuys, Stoopkensstraat 80, 3320 Hoegaarden

Capella @ the “Totemannenbak” Tienen

The “Totemannenbak” is a Christmas event where the Tienen bakers are baking special raisin bread, called a “Toteman”. It is supposed to llok like a Christmas child. Even if in doubt about that last characteristic, in each case it is delightfull yummy!


We sold nice astro articles as presents, like Star Charts, Greeting cards and Glow-in-the-dark stars (what else? ).



Foto: Rob Walrecht

Next ofcourse there was hot wine and jenever which contributed to the charm of the event. Capella was happy to make some publicity and get some people interested!


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Capella at the Christmas Fair in ‘t Paenhuys Hoegaarden

When there is a party going on – stars or no stars – Capella will be there!  We had ‘exclusive’ astronomy articles for sale like STarcharts, glow-in-the-dark stars for the bedroom and beautifull greeting crads with pictures taken by members.  Lots of people joined the party and the Christmas choir brought very nice carols.

Nice presents for the kids…