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In our SA Skies

May 13 - 18 (2018)
International Space Station

Region Sun 13 May Mon 14 May Tue 15 May Wed 16 May Thu 17 May Fri 18 May
Bloem   6:31pm: south, moving left 7:14pm: SW, moving right 6:22pm: SW, moving up   6:14pm: west, moving right
CT 7:20pm: south, moving left 6:28pm: south, moving left 7:12pm: SW, moving up 6:20pm: SW, moving left 7:05pm: west, moving right 6:12pm: west, moving up
Durban   6:31pm: south, moving up 5:39pm: south, moving left
7:15pm: west, moving up
6:23pm: SW, moving up   6:15pm: west, moving right
Jhb     7:15pm: SW, moving right 6:23pm: south, moving up   6:15pm: west, moving right
PE   6:29pm: south, moving left 7:14pm: west, moving right 6:21pm: SW, moving up   6:14pm: west, moving right
Polokwane     7:16pm: SW, moving up 6:24pm: south, moving left 7:09pm: west, moving right 6:16pm: SW, moving right
Springbok     7:13pm: SW, moving up 7:58pm: west, moving right 7:05pm: west, moving right  
Upington     7:14pm: SW, moving up 6:22pm: south, moving left 7:06pm: west, moving right 6:13pm: SW, moving up

The International Space Station will be visible from South Africa this week.
Look for a bright, slowly-moving “star” at the times listed.
The best sightings are highlighted.

Information was provided by

Night of 27 July 2018
Total Lunar Eclipse
8:24pm to 00:19am (SA Time)

LunarEclipse2018JulNoteA (19K)
All of Africa will experience the total lunar eclipse of 27 July 2018.
The full moon will rise at sunset and start moving into the shadow of the Earth at 18:24 GMT. The eclipse will be total from 19:30 to 21:13 GMT, and ends at 22:19 GMT.
A poster (South African times) is available here (1M pdf).
For more info, visit HMNAO or Mr Eclipse.

For Educators

Solar System
Where are the planets now?
Get the planet "ecliptic longitudes" for any date this year here

A chart to plot planet longitues is here (40k pdf).