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Moray's Astronomy Club, SIGMA

Next Meetings:

Friday 6th March 2015 -"Going Over Galaxies with a Fine Tooth Comb" by Megan Argo - University of Manchester.

Radio astronomy has been transformed over the last fifty years from large single dishes to arrays of telescopes working together to create images with amazing resolution. Megan will illustrate these fascinating new techniques and show how we are using them to study galaxies at spectacularly high resolution.

SIGMA at Moray Science Festival - Sat 14th March

SIGMA will be joining a host of other groups at UHI Moray College's annual Science Festival, where the them is 'Space the Final Frontier'.  Our bookable workshop is entitled 'SIGMA's Rocketship Enterprise - Boldly Going and Going'.  Do come along and support this amazing event.  Further details can be found at:

Friday 3rd April 2015  - "Building the International Space Station" by Chris Stradling - SIGMA.

Long-standing SIGMA member Chris Stradling will be looking at the history of manned space stations and the international collaboration behind one of the most complex engineering projects in history.

All club members can also attend the meetings by the Highlands Astronomical Society (HAS).

Future meetings:

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

Not sure where we meet? Follow this link to Birnie Village Hall where we meet, with doors at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.


Image(s) of the Moment:

Comet C/2014 Q2 (LOVEJOY) - Alan Tough

Taken on the 20th December from the Siding Spring Observatory.
Alan's description:

Another image from Oz of this marvellous comet. As well as a single, well-defined ion tail now, there are a number of shorter, more-delicate streamers.

Comet 2013 (Siding Spring)

(A larger version of this can be seen here).


Reflection rainbow - Stan Barber

Taken during a Royal visit to Morayvia on Thursday 20th November.


Reflection rainbow Reflection rainbow

If you were at the meeting in September, you will have heard "Haloes and Other Wonders of the Daytime Sky" by Brian Kelly.

Brian has asked Stan for his permission to include his photos in future talks, and has also supplied us with an explanation, particularly the faint rainbow at a different angle from the first, at


More images from club members can be seen at the gallery.


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