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Moray's Astronomy Club, SIGMA

Forthcoming Meetings

Friday 3rd August 2018
From Standing Stones to Blasting Rockets
Matjaz Vidmar, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
Global Space Industry is in a time of a radical transformation and is no longer the exclusive business of global superpowers or multi-national corporations. 

Matjaz will link the rich history of astronomy and space science in Scotland to exciting new developments in our ambition to follow these trends and expand our Space Sector.  However, building a space industry ecosystem is not trivial - after all, who said it was not rocket science?

Friday 7th September 2018
Cassini : 20 Years of Discovery
David Paterson, Dundee Astronomical Society
The Cassini - Huygens mission to Saturn was launched in October 1997 took 7 years to reach the ringed planet, carrying out some interesting science on the way. 

Over the next 13 years Cassini made incredibly detailed observations of this mysterious gas giant, its multitude of moons, and the enigmatic rings, while the Huygens lander gave us our first glimpse of the strange, yet somehow familiar looking, surface of Titan. 

This talk will look at the engineering challenges of designing the Cassini probe and Huygens lander, the complexity of getting to Saturn, and the wealth of scientific data which has been returned over the 20 year mission.

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:

Noctilucent Clouds, around Lossiemouth, 18/19 June 2018
by club member Alan Tough

Alan saw this amazing NLC display of June 18-19.  Alan says that these are "the best I've seen for a few years"

Click on image for larger version


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

For more information about NLCs and to report your own sightings to the BAA vist our Noctilucent Clouds page.