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Moray's Astronomy Club, SIGMA

We meet first Friday of the month* at Lhanbryde Community Centre - doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.    (*unless otherwise specified)

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 2019 Leaflet (pdf).

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

Forthcoming Meetings

Friday 5th April 2019
Dr Alexander Scholz - University of St Andrews
Alex will explain the HOYS-CAPS (Hunting Outbursting Young Stars with the Centre of Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences) project aims to work together with amateur astronomers in long-term photometric monitoring of young stellar clusters to find outbursting objects for detailed follow up study.

Friday 3rd May 2019
Astronomical Alchemy
Gordon Mackie - Caithness Astronomy Group
Celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table of Elements (IYPT 2019), chemist and amateur astronomer Gordon Mackie gives an overview of how the chemical elements are formed, followed by a brief guided tour of the Periodic Table highlighting the significance of some of the elements from an astronomy perspective.

The full programme for 2019 can be found here or as a pdf.

Image(s) of the Moment:

Total Lunar Eclipse - 21st January 2019
by club member Pete Sherman, taken from Spey Bay

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and by club member Alan Tough
Taken from Duffus Castle - two minutes before the start of totality. Equipment: 9.25" Celestron and Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Exposure time: 15 seconds @ ISO-1250

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