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Moray's Astronomy Club, SIGMA

Forthcoming Meetings

21st July 2017
2nd Prof. George Fraser Memorial Lecture
In 2014 SIGMA, in association with Morayvia, held its first memorial lecture in honour of Prof. George Fraser (22 July 1955 - 18 March 2014).  Born and brought up in Burghead, George was Professor of Detector Physics and Director of the Space Research Centre of the University of Leicester.  Though his work was recognised internationally, his achievements are virtually unknown locally.  Prof. Martin Hendry, University of Glasgow, a renowned international scientist and regular speaker at SIGMA will deliver this 2nd memorial lecture.
2020 Vision: Multi-Messenger Astronomy and Cosmology From Earth and Space-Based Observatories
The direct detection of gravitational waves by LIGO, (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory), from the collision of two massive black holes more than a billion light years from Earth, has been hailed as the scientific breakthrough of the century, opening up an entirely new way to explore our Universe, and future prospects for simultaneously observing both electro-magnetic and gravitational-wave signals in the distant cosmos.  This new field of “multi-messenger” astronomy offers rich opportunities to address some of the deepest unsolved mysteries in astrophysics - from probing the runaway expansion of the Universe to understanding how stars and galaxies formed.  This lecture will highlight some of the exciting discoveries that might lie ahead and showcase some of the remarkable technology that underpins our efforts to explore the Universe across the entire electromagnetic spectrum and beyond.

Venue: Morayvia, North Road, Kinloss

4th August 2017
TV Astronomy
Robert Law, Mills Observatory, Dundee
Robert will show how to use simple video cameras to get pictures of the moon and planets with small telescopes.  He will also show pictures from the 16 inch reflector telescope at Mills Observatory.

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:

Eta Carinae Nebula
by club member Alan Tough

This wide-field view of the Eta Carinae Nebula was obtained remotely using iTelescope T8 at the Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales, Australia. The nebula is named after the very massive and unstable 5th magnitude star, η Car, which can be seen here above a dark, V-shaped rift and to the left of the aptly-named Keyhole Nebula.

Total exposure time: 3 hrs 12 min through LRGB+Ha filters.

Click on image for larger version

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