The graph of times of rising and setting of the Sun, planets and selected bright stars has been enhanced by the addition of an extensive table of corrections for places throughout Southern Africa. Several tables of solar system data were added to this edition: discovery of planetary satellites, the Cassini space craft mission to Saturn, and physical & orbital data for the planets.
The sections dealing with comets and double stars have been expanded. The Directors of these Observing Sections have prepared introductory observing guides to these fields of study.
First-time star gazers may find the simple star charts on pages 76-81 useful for identifying the brightest stars, constellations and deep-sky objects.
The final section contains a list of useful websites and a glossary, defining commonly used terminology.
With book prices typically in the three-digits, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that the 2007 Sky Guide sells for only R60.
How to get your copy
Available from December 2006. Avoid disappointment and place an order now. Due to their popularity and limited publication number, the Sky Guide sells fast.
If you are a book seller, enquire from our Business Manager about the special discounts available to bookshops. Placing a bulk order early will avoid disappoinment! The ISSN Number for the SkyGuide is 0571-7191 and the barcode no. is 9 770571 719045.
Contact the ASSA Business Manager, PO Box 9, Observatory, 7935 e-mail [firstname.lastname@example.org] to secure your copies.
What others have said...
"The Sky Guide has become an invaluable resource for anyone in South Africa who has an interest in astronomy, form the fledgling stargazer to the professional astronomer. The monthly dairy is very useful to keep up with events and the supporting diagrams are excellent and easy to interpret. The Sky Guide has plenty for everyone, including useful contacts and web links".
- Dr David Buckley, SALT Project Scientist & Astronomy Operations Manager
"A splendidly presented guide to the southern sky, this compact, concise and thorough astronomical handbook is an invaluable resource for all sky-watchers, be they amateurs or professional. I particularly liked its guide through the richest regions of the southern Milky Way, and it has an excellent list of useful web sites".
- Prof. P Charles, Director SAAO
Cover photo: Interacting spiral galaxies NGC 2207 and IC 2163. Credit: NASA/JPL/STScI
Editor: Tony Jones
Assistant Editor: Maciej Soltynski
Table of contents
Using the SkyGuide
Must-see events for 2007
Monthly sky diary (pp 2 - 49)
Sun (pp 50 - 53)
Observing the Sun
Moon (pp 54 - 59)
Ramadan and Shawwal
Planets (pp 60 - 70)
Close planetary pairings
New definition of a planet
Small Solar System Bodies (pp 70-71)
Close approaches during 2007
Comets (pp 72 - 74)
Meteors (pp 75 - 76)
Meteorites & craters
Stars (pp 77 - 82)
Deep-sky observing (pp 83 - 84)
Basic observing skills (pp 85 - 88)
Star charts (pp 89 - 98)
Brightest stars and constellations
Astronomy in S.Africa (pp 99 - 106)
A heritage to be proud of
Private & amateur observatories
Other sites of interest
Education in astronomy
ASSA (pp 107 - 110)
Office bearers 2005 – 2007
Officers and Award Recipients
Reference (pp 111 - 112)