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!
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.
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.
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
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.
As always free admittance, doors open at 19hr30 and the lecture starts at 20hrs sharp. Address: ‘t Paenhuys, Stoopkensstraat 80, 3320 Hoegaarden
Patrick made this picture using H-Alfa filters, from his light-polluted home town near Brussels. This is a vast reguin of Hydrogen in space, close to the W-shaped constellation of Cassiopeia.
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 www.walrecht.nl
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!
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…
Urbain Costermans made this original view on the lunar eclips, by matching his eclips pictures to the perceived shadow circle of earth. It came out pretty well!
Well done Urbain!