Wairarapa June meeting Thursday the 13th

Thursday, 13th June 2013 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Location: Society Clubrooms

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Wairarapa:   Thursday June 13th, 7:30pm
at the Clubrooms, 51 Ahiaruhi Road, Carterton District
 
PROGRAM
 
7:30pm Society News
 

7:35pm LEGACY OF THE BLACK PHARAOHS  Presentation by Kay Leather


Caption:  Nubian fresco

 
An assembly of huge stone slabs and a calendar circle have been identified in Egypt’s Sahara Desert at Nabta Playa.  The site has been confirmed by scientists to be the oldest known astronomical alignment of megaliths in the world.  Nabta Playa was once a large basin in the Nubian Desert, at the gates of Black Africa, occupied by humans from about 6,500 to 6,000 years ago.  Egyptian and Nubian cultures interacted over the millennia and Nubian pharaohs ruled Egypt during the 25th dynasty.  This talk looks at the Nabta Playa site and its possible legacy in neighbouring Egypt.
Kay presented these recent discoveries at the Autumn Astrocamp.  If you missed out this is your opportunity to see this excellent presentation. 
 

8:15pm  THE LORD OF THE RINGS  Presentation by Richard Hall  


Caption:  Saturn backlit

In this presentation we take a journey to the jewel of the Solar System - giant Saturn with its magnificent system of rings and retinue of moons.  Through the eyes of the Cassini spacecraft we explore the Saturnian system and venture to the surface of the mysterious world of Titan.

8:45pm                        Supper
 
9:00pm    THE NIGHT SKY  
An audio-visual that takes you on a tour of our evening night sky.
 
9:30pm    Meeting ends.  Weather permitting, observing follows the Wairarapa meeting.


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