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Moray's Astronomy Club, SIGMA

Forthcoming Meetings

Friday 2nd February 2018
Variable Stars
Maarten de Vries, SIGMA
Most stars, even our own Sun, do not always shine with the same brightness all the time.  Some indeed appear to change in brightness quite dramatically over short periods of time.  So what causes this? 

In this talk Maarten will explain the various mechanisms that cause stars to vary in brightness and how observations of some of these stars have helped shape our understanding of the entire universe.

Friday 2nd March 2018
Galactic Archaeology
Dr. Oscar Gonzales, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
How do galaxies form and evolve? Chilean astronomer Oscar Gonzales will show how understanding the formation history of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is a critical piece of this puzzle. 

This talk will introduce you to the exciting world of Galactic Archaeology, what clues the astronomers look for, and how they are used to reconstruct the Milky Way’s past.

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:

Nacreous Clouds (Type II Polar Stratospheric Clouds), 23 December 2017
by club member Alan Tough

Alan saw these Nacreous clouds with their aurora-like colors peeking through a gap in ordinary rainclouds over Elgin (which is a full 10 degrees below the Arctic Circle!).

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