Moray’s Astronomy Club


We meet first Friday of the month (unless otherwise specified) . Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start

All meeting will be online via ZOOM webinar until further notice.

Not a Member? Why not come along as the first meeting’s free so you can ‘try before you buy’. For a link to the next meeting contact us via Email

You can also follow SIGMA on Twitter and Facebook or YouTube  to keep up to date with our latest news.

George Fraser Memorial Lecture- Free Public Event

Friday, 3 September 2021 7:30PM
The Fourth George Fraser Memorial Lecture
In 2015 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.
Preparing for Space Settlements Using Microbes
Prof. Charles Cockell – University of Edinburgh
Introduction by Prof. Martin Barstow
As we explore and settle space, we will take microbes with us. On Earth, we use them to make yogurt, drugs and to mine metals. In space we might use them to do similar things. I will talk about how microbes can help us in space and our experiments on the International Space Station in which we demonstrated how to use microbes to extract rare earth elements (used in high technology including your mobile phone) from rocks in the process of biomining. As we head out into the stars, microbes will come with us as our allies.
This is a free event is in association with The Orkney International Science Festival via  YouTube

Further information can be found here

The full programme for 2021 can be found here or as a PDF


Due to an amazing effort by the committee and other members we had our first successful online monthly meeting on Friday 3rd April 2020. We’re working on making sure everyone is able to take part and will be bringing future meetings to SIGMA and affiliated members online. We plan to continue to hold our meetings like this until we are allowed to gather as normal once again.

If you are not already a SIGMA member and would like to become one to enable you to join our online meetings please contact Mick at:

Current membership costs £24 per year, payable each January.

Selected past webinar meetings can be found on the

SIGMA YouTube Channel

Here’s a few screen grabs from past webinars.

Forthcoming Meetings

Until further notice meetings will be online to members and affiliated clubs. New/potential members may access these meetings by contacting us in advance.

Friday, 5 November 2021

Mercury: The Incredible Shrinking Planet
Dr Simon Cuthbert: AGH University of Science and Technology
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The 2021 leaflet is available to download (pdf).

Friday, 3 December 2021

Christmas Quiz Night
SIGMA Members and your Families
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The 2021 leaflet is available to download (pdf).

Images of the Moment

Geminid Meteor

by Alan Tough
Date: 13th December 2020
Location: Duffus Castle, Moray, Scotland


by MickO’Donnell

16th April 2020


by Club Member Alan Tough you can make out the main albedo features: Syrtis Major, Hellas Basin etc., as well as the South Polar Cap (SPC) & North Polar Hood (NPH).


Comet Neowise

Alan Tough
12th July 2020

Close up view of some colourful auroral rays – taken 14-15 March 2021 at just after 10pm, from Elgin.

by Alan Tough


Mars at Opposition 2020

by Pete Sherman

10th October

Using the remote telescope at in Tenerife Pete imaged Mars just before the planet reached opposition.

All taken from above Tingwall jetty looking over towards Rousay, Orkney

by Sue Shackleton, North Ronaldsay Astronomy Group

12 – 14 March


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

Get Involved

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 What’s On section of this website, or download a copy of our 2020 Leaflet (pdf).

You can also follow SIGMA on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with our latest news.


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