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Moray's Astronomy Club, SIGMA

We meet first Friday of the month (unless otherwise specified) at Birnie Village Hall. Doors open 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 2019 Leaflet (pdf).

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

Forthcoming Meetings

Friday 1st March 2019
New Views of the Sun’s Hot Corona
Dr Iain Hannah - University of Glasgow
Why is the Sun’s outer atmosphere, (corona) hotter than its surface? Also the further away the corona gets the hotter it becomes. This has been a major topic of solar physics research for decades. Iain will cover a brief history of this problem, some of the modern solutions using the latest images and movies from space-based telescopes, and how scientific observations during eclipses are still useful today.

Friday 5th April 2019
HOYS-CAPS
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.


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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eclipse

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

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