Topic: Discover the influence of space on the ocean – Throughout history, navigation at sea has played a critical role in exploration, trade, and the development of civilization. Early navigators relied on celestial navigation techniques to guide their ships across the open ocean, while later advancements in technology-enabled sailors to accurately determine their position and course. However, the ocean is a complex and dynamic environment, influenced by a wide range of factors, including the gravitational pull of celestial bodies such as the Moon. In this context, space-based technology and research have revolutionized our understanding of the ocean and its interactions with the wider environment, providing valuable data on ocean currents, sea level rise, ocean temperature, and weather patterns. This knowledge is crucial for addressing some of the biggest challenges facing the ocean today, such as climate change, overfishing, and pollution. In this presentation, we will explore the influence of history on navigation at sea, the influence of the Moon on the oceans, and space-based technology and research.
Speakers: Johan le Roux Presenter and Co-presenter to Scouts (Voortrekkers) and School Groups Orion Observation Group Operation of various telescopes Splitz Planetarium Weather Sattelite signals decoding Radio Amateur Astrophotographer Willie Koorts Electronics Technician: South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO). Awarded for 35 years of exceptional service. Radio Sonder Grense (RSG) presenter “Sterre en Planete”. Orion Observation Group Leader. Weg/Go magazine author MNASSA: Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa Tour leader and Presenter to Scounts (Voortrekkers) and school groups