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Pretoria Centre of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa

Useful links to ASSA websites are listed at the bottom of this page

Observation by Barbara Cunow of Alpha and Proxima Centauri 2016 to 2020 - Alpha Centauri is the big star at the top left and Proxima Centauri is at the bottom right of the image Alpha and Proxima Centauri

Neville Young caught a Nova in Sagittarius - see image at the following link: Nova N Sagittarius 2020 No 3

At our first video meeting held on Wednesday, 27 May 2020, Percy Jacobs made an interesting presentation on observing. He promised that we will publish the links to 3 videos illustrating Kepler's laws of Motion on the website - here are the links to the 3 videos:

Johan Moolman compiled a facinating article: "The Vela Supernova Remnant and Surrounds - a Photographic Tour" - download from the following link: Vela Supernova Remnant

Johan Moolmaqn captured Comet Swan for the last time on 10 May 2020 - download a video from the following link: Comet Swan in May 2020

Welcome! - The Pretoria branch of the Astronomical Society of South Africa offers amateur and professional astronomers the chance to learn more about the field of astronomy and enjoy the unique southern skies.

The Pretoria Centre management committee decided to embark on a series of Virtual Meetings for the duration of the lock-down period. Johan Smit will be responsible for the technical aspects of the meeting. He will send an email invitation to all members. You, the member must follow the instructions in the email to enter the meeting. It is therefore important that we have your correct email address to invite you. If you are not a member and wish to attend, please inform Johan Smit ( to include you.

We hope to see you all there.

We re-vamped our Observing Section page - please have a look. Comments, suggestions and especially contributions will be appreciated! Send an e-mail to Percy (

Notice of our next meetings: Note: The October meeting will continue as a virtual meeting

No viewing evening during the lockdown period

Monthly meeting:

  • Date: Wednesday 28 October 2020
  • Chairperson: Pierre Lourens
  • Time: 19:00
  • Talk by Craig Kloke
  • Talk by Percy Jacobs

Click here for the August 2020 Newsletter!

The annual National Karoo Starparty for 2021 has been scheduled for 12 - 16 May 2021.See more details at this link

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Click here to download the 2020 Annual Report

Useful ASSA websites

The website for all information about the ASSA and the ASSA Centres:

ASSA Specialist Sections:ASSA has various areas of interest. Join and participate!

ASSA Publications to download and enjoy:

To receive as part of ASSA membership benefits: Sky Guide, the astronomical handbook for southern Africa

Mail Groups to join:

Social Media to join and share:

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