This IYA2009 outreach initiative, in collaboration with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), attended the Letaba Show. This show, covering an area from Phalaborwa through to Polokwane, has been in existence since 1913. It started out as an agricultural produce and cattle show, including some entertainment.
Let us spend some time in the constellation Horologium which lies between Eridanus to its north, Reticulum diagonally eastward, and Hydrus to the south. The constellation was originally named Horologium Oscillitorium to honour Christian Huygens, the famous Dutch scientist, inventor of the pendulum in 1657 and the discoverer of Saturn's rings. Horologium is one of Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille's (1713 - 62) fourteen constellations which he created during his stay at the Cape of Good Hope from 1750 to 1752. It was with this visit that he established the framework for astronomy in South Africa.
Isn't it amazing how regularly questions on UFOs are asked by the public when one is presenting viewing nights or astronomy talks? Almost like clockwork the question comes up: ''Have you ever seen any UFOs?''. Former Double Star Section director, Chris de Villiers, discussed just that on his website www.skywatch.co.za recently.