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Moray's Astronomy Club, SIGMA

Forthcoming Meetings

3rd March 2017
How Do They Know That?
Bill Leslie, SIGMA

How can anyone know the size of a planet, its distance from the Sun and its mass?  Bill will be explaining the science that astronomers use to answer these questions.

7th April 2017
Recent Curiosities on Mars
Pauline Macrae, Highlands Astronomical Society
Pauline will be talking about Mars, and the discoveries made by the Curiosity Rover during its four and a half year trek across the red planet.

The full programme for 2017 can be found here or as a pdf.

We meed 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:

Lunar Eclipse - 11 February 2017
by club members Pete Sherman and Alan Tough

February's new moon is also known as the snow moon - and the snow arrived for the penumbral lunar eclipse!

This was my effort with my camera and 300mm lens. Had to give up with the scope as a sudden snow shower covered the inside of my observatory floor!

I managed to photograph the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in between snow showers! The above image was taken at the point of greatest eclipse (at 00:45 UT) with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Skywatcher ED100 refractor. Exposure: 1/1000th Second @ f/11, ISO-250.

Below is a comparison of different points during the eclipse. The eclipse wasn't that obvious to the naked eye but the camera picked it up very well.


More images from club members can be seen at the gallery or on our Flickr pages.