- Venue: HartRAO
Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory – HartRAO
The Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) is located west of Johannesburg, South Africa. It operates as a National Research Facility under the auspices of the National Research Foundation (NRF).
Only astronomers will keep the night company as they set up on a piece of heaven to gaze deeper heavenward. Searching the magic and wonders of the night. The West Rand Astronomy club star gazing evening starts just before sunset, to allow the setup of telescopes, and ends late.
New members are welcome. There are braai facilities and fire will be provided. Bring your own meat and salads, drinks (please limit the alcohol), cutlery, crockery and a chair.
Please see the https://wrac.org.za/ website landing page for a pdf copy of the star party etiquette.
If weather looks suspect, please check the WRAC WhatsApp group from 3:15pm on the Saturday to confirm if stargazing is still on. In the winter it can get VERY cold.
The address is: Farm 502 JQ Hartebeesthoek, Broedestroom Road Hartebeeshoek, 1740
GPS Coordinates: Entrance: 25° 53′ 27.1″ S 027° 41′ 12.7″ E
There are more detailed maps from various areas on the http://www.hartrao.ac.za website.
Follow directions to the HartRAO Visitor Centre.