In previous years, i’ve often used my birthday as an excuse to take a group up Bothmaskop in the Jonkershoek mountain range in Stellenbosch, where we’ve then enjoyed tea and coffee and breakfast while overlooking the Boland, False Bay and Table Bay. It’s been a great way to welcome new students and acquaint them with some of the splendours of Stellenbosch and meet and mix with other Maties.
This year, we set out sights a bit higher, showing that the sky is not the limit.
Today almost thirty friends and i gathered for a picnic at the Company Gardens in Cape Town, after which we attended the “Sky Tonight” presentation at the Iziko Planetarium at the SA Museum. The “Sky Tonight” show is a live lecture during which the planets and constellations visible in the current month’s night sky are described and pointed out. The planetarium has a dome-shaped ceiling onto which a star field, orbits, constellation outlines, etcetera are projected by means of a star machine (pictured) and multiple projectors. Visitors are also given a map showing the night sky visible above Cape Town during the current month, and its use is explained. The current month’s map is also available from the Planetarium’s website.
A visit to the Planetarium is inexpensive (only R8 for students), informative, entertaining, and very worthwhile. Several shows are on offer. Entry to the rest of the Museum is also included; presently the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is also showing there.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
– Psalm 19v1