All the major visible planets have deserted our skies since October last year when we last saw Venus in the evening skies. However they are all set to come back to the evening skies in the coming months with Jupiter making a late night start from February and Mars and Saturn in April. Jupiter is at opposition (brightest, rising in the east while the Sun sets in the west) on March 8 and hence can be seen in the sky throughout the night from sunset to sunrise of the following day. Mars will be at opposition on May 22, while Saturn will be in opposition on June 3 both rising in the east when the sun is setting in the west. Venus makes its entry into the evening skies from July. Fast moving Mercury jumps in and out of morning and night skies several times during the year but does not rise more than 25 degrees above the horizon hence always a challenge and exciting to see. It will be at highest evening elevation of 20 degrees above the horizon at sunset on April 18.
For detailed listing of all the events that we will witness in Tanzania during the year, visit Astronomy in Tanzania website regularly to get updates on the events.
By Dr. Nooraji Jiwaji
“The year of 2015 in coming to an end, to be fair dates are just a human invention to keep track of time, nothing really special will happen when 2015 turns into 2016, in different moments for different time zones. The Earth will continue its orbit around the Sun, as it always does, the Sun and all its companions will float around the centre of our galaxy and the local group of galaxies will continue to be bound together following the well-known laws of nature. Well known to some, those that have the privilege to have an education, thanks to those that somehow felt curious enough to pursue their inquiring minds.” Says Rosa Doran from GTTP.
We are grateful to have worked with teachers, students, government officers, international partners and senior people in this marvelous year, making the difference on teaching and understanding of science in Tanzanian schools.
Our prayers are with Chuck Ruehle who enters his 6th and final round of chemotherapy. We wish him strength and quick recovery, we look forward to welcome him and his wife Sue to Tanzania and finalize the construction of Tanzania’s first observatory.
Together, we aim to make science owned by the children of Tanzania through the wonders of the cosmos.
Have a wonderful ending of 2015 and great 2016.