Brightest Jupiter in 50 years

Hey fellow astronomers, have you noticed something strange in the sky these days? Did you see a “star” which outdazzled all its peers, shining around the zenith at midnight? Yes! That is the biggest planet in our solar system, Jupiter. On a normal night, when Jupiter rises above the horizon, you should be able to immediately differentiate it from other real stars because of its brightness and colour. But this month, Jupiter is reaching perihelion, which means it will be closest to the sun in its orbit. This time, Jupiter will be on the opposite side of earth with respect to the sun, which means observers will have virtually the entire night to closely appreciate this giant. The estimated magnitude of Jupiter at perihelion is -2.9 and it will be at its brightest in 50 years, so don’t miss this once in 50-years opportunity to check it out! 

By the way, Happy Mid-autumn Festival to all fellow astronomers! 

Was Einstein right at the first place?




 Einstein once predicted there was a cosmological constant that governs the 
destiny of our universe, but later Hubble’s discovery of red shift made him
abandon this magic constant. Recently, however, it seems that the cosmological constant
introduced by Einstein is very favoured by scientists in explaining the existence
of dark energy (that could possibly make up 73% of our universe!)and the speeding
up of the expansion of our universe. Click here and take a look at the latest research
about the mysterious dark energy:

What to aim your telescope to something exciting?


As an amateur astronomer, we all like to check those best-sights lists. Recently, a Sky and Telescope editor published a book “The 50 Best Sights in Astronomy”. What’s new about this best-sights list is that the author
organised celestial objects according to the equipment you need to watch them, from naked eye to medium and narrow field telescope. It is noteworthy
 that some of the object are very easy to see, but because of it, people may 
overlook the opportunity to appreciate their beauty. Do check out the list
 to see if there are something easy target that you missed!

Amateur astronomers detect objects impacting Jupiter

Impact on Jupiter

Earlier this year, amateur astronomers were the first to detect objects about10 metres in diameter crashing into Jupiter, rather than major astronomical and space organisations such as NASA. In fact, scientists were unaware that objects that small could be detected. While the significance of these events is that the impact rate of objects of sizes about 10 metres diameter on Jupiiter is approximately 1 few times a month instead of once a decade for Earth, another important point to note is that even amateur astronomers have much to offer to the scientific community. Everyone can play a part in discovering something new in the big, big universe we live in.

For the original article, you may read it at

Exco’s interview and AGM

Hi everyone,

We hope the Welcome Tea was informative for those who attended, although it is unfortunate that the cloudy weather prevented us from setting up our telescopes to view the planets.

Moving on, we would like to give a gentle reminder that our recruitment interviews for Exco positions will begin on 18th Aug till 20th Aug. It will be held at the Central Library discussion room from 6pm onwards. To attend the interview, drop us an email at State your name, matric no,handphone number, course and year of study, relevant experiences along with a short introduction about yourselves plus the position you are running for.

You can then sign up at the google doc link below

Do note that the deadline for application is 16th Aug.

Applicants would need to attend the Annual General Meeting on 25th August, Wednesday,6:30pm at the YIH training room. A simple vote will then be held by the current committee as well as present members of NUSAS to select the next committee.

We hope to see you soon!

PS: For those that still wish to sign up for membership in NUSAS, you may come down during the AGM itself or our first session at 3rd September, YIH function room 7pm

Welcome Tea 2010

Hi everyone!

NUS Astronomical Society will be having its Welcome Tea at LT 28, Science faculty on the 13th August, Friday. Depending on the weather, we will be having a short observation session near LT28 at 7:15pm, (its a planetary alignment of 3 planets with a crescent Moon!) and the Tea will start officially at 7:45pm. Feel free to come down at any time from 7:15 onwards to find out more about our society.

The Tea will end no later than 9pm and light refreshments will be served at the end of Tea.

PS: For members that are already interested in signing up as Excos, feel free to submit your applications to State your name, matric no,handphone number, course and year of study, relevant experiences along with a short introduction about yourselves. The deadline for application is 16th August (after the Welcome Tea) and the interviews will be held in Week 2. More information can be found at



For further enquiries, feel free to contact Jia Wei at

Matric Fair

Do register with us during the NUS Matriculation Fair at Multi-Purpose Sports Hall 2!

Either way, you can register at

The booth will be open on all 4 days of matriculation and do approach our exco-members if you have any queries.

More details as follow:

Note: Registration does not qualify you as a member, though you will receive at most 3 emails reminding you of our events stated in the flyer. 


Happy Matriculation!


Interested in running for Exco? Do read further:



What is expected of an Exco?

Compared to other societies and clubs, our commitments and workload may seem light, but this applies mainly to only the semester period. In NUSAS, we recognize that the society is responsible for the academic obligations of the exco-members. Semester activity is kept light and the activities stop up to 2 weeks before the reading/preparatory week commences. However, NUSAS’s main activities are held during the holidays, 1 overseas stargazing trip per semester holiday and a competition for JC and secondary schools during the first or second week of June. These activities definitely require a certain amount of commitment and passion from the exco-members.

If you are comfortable with such a CCA schedule that gives ample time and space for your studies during semester period, do consider running for exco in NUSAS.


What kind of Exco-positions can I run for?

If you have been exploring the website, you would have noted that other than the President and 2 Vice-President posts, there are 8 other posts available for running.Our exco is roughly divided into two categories.

Firstly the administrative side :

Secretary, Asst Secretary: In charge of handling emails, booking of venues, taking minutes, membership allocations, distribution of info

Treasurer, Asst Treasurer: Regulates club funds, general accounting, IRAS form, collecting of payment from members.

Secondly, the respective heads:

Research Head: A general knowledge of astronomy facts and theory, be able to conduct presentations, write booklets, familiar with stargazing

Logistic Head*2:  Past experience in handling a telescope, familiar with stargazing, general knowledge of astronomy and facts is useful too

Publicity Head: Creative and artistic, able to use photoshop or familiar with web design. Usually tasked to design posters and banners.


So technically the administrative side is just like any other CCA?

Yes and no. As an exco member of NUSAS, you will eventually pick up stargazing tips as well as to learn how to handle a telescope. There will be sessions/meetings for excos only to allow sufficient time and practice for observation. Also, astronomy based modules in NUS usually have a stargazing component that requires manpower and equipment from NUSAS, we do hope that by 1 semester, all exco members will be considered qualified to help out in this aspect. You will be compensated for the time spent according to the standard TA’s rate, courtesy of NUS of course.


Can I run for a sub-comm instead?

Although traditionally sub-comm positions are available for the research and logistic heads, we would like to offer an alternative instead. This year, NUSAS will be chairing the AstroChallenge competition with NTUAS. The AC comm for short, is in fact open to all members regardless of whether they are in the exco. Although all exco-members must be part of the AC comm, more manpower is needed in terms of logistics as well as quizmasters. Coupled with the fact that NTUAS will be delayed due to YOG commitments, much of the workload will be on NUSAS this time round as well.


ECP overnight stargazing change in location


Dear all,

Sorry for the sudden change of plans, but due to turnout rate and logistical issues, the overnight stargazing at East Coast Park will now be held in NUS, Kent Ridge Road, at the satellite station near King’s Edwards VII hall.

We will be gathering at 7pm at the PGP/KEVII terminal for A1 A2 buses.

Map here

Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience caused.