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Moray's Astronomy Club, SIGMA

Forthcoming Meetings

Friday 2nd March 2018
Galactic Archaeology
Dr. Oscar Gonzales, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
How do galaxies form and evolve? Chilean astronomer Oscar Gonzales will show how understanding the formation history of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is a critical piece of this puzzle. 

This talk will introduce you to the exciting world of Galactic Archaeology, what clues the astronomers look for, and how they are used to reconstruct the Milky Way’s past.

Friday 6th April 2018
The Quest for Dark Matter
Dr. Anne-Marie Weijmans, St Andrews University

Anne-Marie will be discussing how astronomers detect dark matter in the Universe. 

What we think it’s doing there, what we know about it so far and, more importantly, what we don’t know.

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:

Nacreous Clouds (Type II Polar Stratospheric Clouds), 23 December 2017
by club member Alan Tough

Alan saw these Nacreous clouds with their aurora-like colors peeking through a gap in ordinary rainclouds over Elgin (which is a full 10 degrees below the Arctic Circle!).

Click on image for larger version

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