The Sky's The Limit
Story by: Siti Nur Faisha
Photos by: Dave Ng, Singapore Sidewalk Astronomy & Siti Nur Faisha
A quick glance up at the night sky can leave you completely wowed and amazed at the enormity of the universe. Despite the light pollution in Singapore, the night sky remains full of wonders – there are stars, planets and even the galaxies, just waiting to be seen.
Meet Dave Ng, an experienced amateur astronomer who dedicates his life sharing his love of the night sky with the public. He is also a member of the Singapore Sidewalk Astronomy, a group of amateur astronomers formed in 2012.
The group will gather to hold sidewalk astronomy sessions during clear nights at Bishan Park and showcase their telescopes for free celestial viewing to the public. The members of the group are always happy to let visitors have a look at things through their instruments and explain the wonders of the cosmos.
Light pollution has made astrophotography incredibly demanding, as capturing these astronomical phenomena that are often invisible to the naked eye requires skill. Dave, who also does astrophotography, often finds himself travelling overseas to capture dimmer objects that are not obstructed by artificial light.
“Being a rather small island, everywhere around Singapore is surrounded with the light dome. I haven’t actually seen the Milky Way with my eyes here in Singapore. Whereas in Pulau Ubin, you get to see much more stars,” he said.
Dave has made many new friends overseas who shares similar interests in astronomy. He befriended some of them through forums where he had gone on to meet them personally. He believes that astronomy brings people together noting, “That’s how I met my great bunch of friends as well”.
WHERE TO FIND THEM
Singapore Sidewalk Astronomy regularly holds their stargazing sessions at Bishan Park (outside of McDonald’s) that is open to the public for free. Be sure to check their Facebook page for updates. (Facebook sign: Singapore Sidewalk Astronomy)