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Moray's Astronomy Club, SIGMA

Forthcoming Meetings

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.

5th May 2017
The Best-Observed Solar Eclipse Ever?
Dr. Hugh Hudson, University of Glasgow
August 2017 will see a total solar eclipse crossing the entire breadth of the continental United States.

From several points of view this will be a milestone: a long period of totality, excellent infrastructure, and remarkable new technology (smartphones, GPS, and the Cloud, for example).

This eclipse will be more than pretty pictures because of this, and Dr. Hudson will describe some of the hoped-for advances in our understanding of the solar corona, the Sun itself, and the Moon too. It is hoped that citizen science can play a major role in discoveries following the event itself, via the massive archive that will result.  Visit eclipsemega.movie for more information.

Dr. Hudson will also describe the activities of the team at the partial solar eclipse in Patagonia (February 2017) in preparation for the big event.

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!
Pete




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.

Alan



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