Watch Mercury overtaking Venus early evenings this week As it starts to get dark, look over to the west for the very bright “evening star” – Venus. Venus is so bright it can be seen in twilight. As the earth turns you will see:
* Mercury appearing as a relatively bright ‘star’ below left of Venus
* first Mercury then Venus setting
* Jupiter rising above the eastern horizon as another extremely bright “star”
If you watch this over the next two weeks, you’ll notice the movement of the planets: Mercury will move upwards each evening towards Venus, then appear to reverse and move back down towards the horizon.
Friday evening (28th Oct) ook out for the young crescent Moon above Mercury and Venus. Happy planet gazing
With thanks to the Joburg Planeterium for the info
So much to do over weekends in Joburg: Why not head out to Toadbury Hall in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Toadbury Hall offers specially packed picnic baskets to enjoy outdoors under a shady tree or in the warm sunshine. The menu changes with the seasons and includes a range of handmade snacks, delicious mains and a selection of sweets. For more information call 079 512 0554.
Or take a drive out to the Magaliesberg. Hollybrooke Farm is situated in the Skeerpoort valley, on the banks of the Magalies River, at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountains. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of a working farm and have a meall at the Coffee Shop. They might even prepare a picnic for you to enjoy on the river bank. For more information call 082 552 1285.
Or pack you own picnic for the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. Entrance is just R25 and with short hikes and manicured gardens it is the perfect spot for a relaxed picnic with family and friends. Simply pack your picnic basket with all your favourite treats and enjoy a peaceful afternoon in the sunshine. For more information visit www.sanbi.org.za or call 086 100 1278
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- Untitled by Zander Blom
Thursday 27th Oct sees 2 exhibition openings. Zander Blom opens at Stevenson Gallery, Juta St Braamfontein while In Toto Gallery is showing Helen Joseph’s and Jenny Stadler’s works in an exhibition entitled Two: Studio Sessions with Live Models. Minette Vári is showing small collection of new drawings at Goodman’s Viewing Room at the gallery in Parkwood. Her particular focus is on the goddess Baubo, of whom figurines have been found dating from the 5th Century BC. Vári will give a walkabout on Saturday 29th at 10 am.