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Moray's Astronomy Club, SIGMA

Forthcoming Meetings

Friday 6th July 2018
Confessions of an Astronomer
Prof. Ian Robson, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
This is a light-hearted and personal look at the life of a professional astronomer.  In addition to the research and teaching, perhaps surprisingly, it can be packed with ‘interest’ in the widest sense of the word. 

The talk contains many amusing and exciting anecdotes; from being marooned with a steaming helium dewar in a cable car in the Pyrenees, flying in an RAF Comet above the North Sea at 45,000ft and many exploits in Hawaii. 

The talk covers a wide range of astronomy, is lavishly illustrated and contains not a single equation!

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?

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.