Be part of Guiness Book of Records attempt

Morningside resident, Navi Naidoo and Logan Govender, members of the Astronomical Society. PHOTO: Dave Ellinger

THE Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA) will attempt to break a Guinness World Record on 18 August at the Durban Botanic Gardens.

More than 2000 people will attempt to break a world record for the largest number of star gazers assembled in one place to watch the stars together. The current recordholder is the Canberra Astronomical Society at the Mount Stromlo Observatory in Australia with 1869 people.

ASSA Media Director, Logan Govender is confident that Durban has the potential to break that record.

“From the support that we get from the Durban public for our other events, I feel we have good reason to believe that we will break the record,” he said.

This is an attempt to show people how easy it is to find their way around the sky. ASSA has a method of teaching people to identify 200 night-sky objects in just forty minutes.

“We would like to change the belief that astronomy is the preserve of scientists and mathematicians and will have a number of telescopes, each focussed on a different object,” said Logan.

The public is invited spread out a blanket on the lawns of the garden, take food and drinks and enjoy this spectacle in safety. It is important to take a pair of binoculars to be included in the count. Telescopes, spotting scopes, cameras with telephoto lenses, opera glasses, even toy binoculars will also be accepted.

The event which start soon after sunset and the official count, is expected to be recorded by television, radio and the print media, will start at 7.30pm.

“Please join us and become a part of history,” said Logan.

Ample secure parking has been arranged.

For further information, contact Logan Govender on 083 228 6993 or



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