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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

Barbara Cunow completed 40 years of Saturn observations on 2 November 2020 - her first observation was on 1 November 1980. The image records her observations over the years - up to 2016 with drawings and since then via webcam at the eyepiece Saturn 1980 - 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.

We wish all our friends and members a joyful and blessed holiday season and a prosperous 2021

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

Notice of our next meetings: Note: The monthly meeting will continue as a virtual meeting for the foreseeable future. Please send your e-mail contact information to Johan Smit should you wish to join the meeting online

No viewing evening until further notice

Next monthly meeting:

  • Date: Wednesday 27 January 2021
  • Chairperson: Pierre Lourens
  • Time: 19:00
  • Talk by Michael Poll
  • Talk by Johan Smit

Click here for the October 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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current night sky over PretoriaSky map by AstroViewer®

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