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Moray's Astronomy Club, SIGMA

Forthcoming Meetings

Friday 7th September 2018
Cassini : 20 Years of Discovery
David Paterson, Dundee Astronomical Society
The Cassini - Huygens mission to Saturn was launched in October 1997 took 7 years to reach the ringed planet, carrying out some interesting science on the way. 

Over the next 13 years Cassini made incredibly detailed observations of this mysterious gas giant, its multitude of moons, and the enigmatic rings, while the Huygens lander gave us our first glimpse of the strange, yet somehow familiar looking, surface of Titan. 

This talk will look at the engineering challenges of designing the Cassini probe and Huygens lander, the complexity of getting to Saturn, and the wealth of scientific data which has been returned over the 20 year mission.

Friday 5th October 2018
Astrophotography
Eric Walker, Highlands Astronomical Society
Longtime friend of SIGMA, Eric Walker, will share his knowledge about imaging the night sky, most of which he has done from his home built Beinn View observatory in the Scottish Highlands.

The full programme for 2018 can be found here or as a pdf.

We meet first Friday of the month (unless otherwise specified) at Birnie Village Hall. Doors at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Not a Member? Why not come along as the first meeting's free so you can 'try before you buy'.

Club members can also attend the meetings of the Highlands Astronomical Society (HAS). Details of forthcoming meetings of both can be found in the Whats On section of this website, or download a copy of our 2017 Leaflet (pdf).

You can also follow SIGMA on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with our latest news.

Image(s) of the Moment:

Noctilucent Clouds, around Lossiemouth, 18/19 June 2018
by club member Alan Tough

Alan saw this amazing NLC display of June 18-19.  Alan says that these are "the best I've seen for a few years"

Click on image for larger version


More images from club members can be seen on our Flickr pages.

For more information about NLCs and to report your own sightings to the BAA vist our Noctilucent Clouds page.