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ScopeX 2014

ScopeXOn 13 September, South Africa's amateur astronomers and telescope makers will converge on the Military History Museum in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, for the annual ScopeX Telescope and Astronomy Exhibition.  ScopeX has run continuously for thirteen years, and has attracted the support of the National Research Foundation, the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), and numerous commercial sponsors. Read more about ScopeX 2014

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Maker Camp 2014

Maker CampUrban Astronomer is an astronomy website.  We don't cover general science, or engineering news.  But this is cool, and valuable, and since they've sent a 3D printer to the ISS to allow for in situ manufacturing of spare parts, there's a convenient space angle.  So...

Do you like making things, or tinkering with them to see how they work?  Are your favourite TV characters inventors and scientists?  Do you wish you were one of those clever people who design and build the thousands of machines and gadgets we all rely on every day?  Then why not join the Maker Camp, a six week virtual event sponsored by Google Plus and Make Magazine and take part in some of the 30 brilliant DIY projects.

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What lies within an asteroid

A schematic view of the strange peanut-shaped asteroid Itokawa. Credit:  ESO. Acknowledgement: JAXAWhen we think about asteroids, we imagine a large potato-shaped rock covered in craters. But a new analysis of data from Hayabusa, the plucky Japanese spacecraft that could, reveals a more interesting picture. It seems that asteroid Itokawa is not a simple space rock, but has a complex structure, with different internal regions having different densities. Read more about What lies within an asteroid

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