Cassini and Huygens space probe was launched in 1997 and arrived in orbit around Saturn in 2004. In December 2004 Huygens probe landed on the moon Titan – the first probe ever landed in the outer solar system – and sent back pictures and data. Cassini continued to orbit Titan and Enceladus and its mission was extended twice. On April 22 Cassini is going to be put in orbit around Saturn that will allow not only flyby through the rings but will result in Cassini entering Saturn’s atmosphere – and then Cassini will be toast. This is a very interesting and up to date video published by NASA this year.
Weather permitting, the telescopes will be available for viewing. Jupiter is now in the evening sky and is always a favorite object for viewing. The Moon will be full.
Admission is $5.00 for visitors (free for members). School age children are free. 12 Month membership is $30.00 for individuals, $40.00 for families, or $10.00 for students.
Meetings are held in the Observatory meeting room, Fergusson Park, Tauranga. These are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm. Presentations are given on current astronomical topics. All those interested in astronomy in the Bay of Plenty district are invited to attend.