We meet first Friday of the month (unless otherwise specified) at Lhanbryde Community Centre. Doors open 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’.

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Forthcoming Meetings

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Friday 7th February 2020

Is the Earth Flat After All?

The Hologram Universe Maarten De Vries – Highlands Astronomical Society

In 1981 Stephen Hawking stated that information inside a black hole is lost forever. It took 28 years for Leonard Suskind, founding director of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics, to prove him wrong, and in doing so discovering that the universe we live in can be described as a hologram.

In this talk Maarten will explain, using easy to understand concepts, what the fuss was all about and how the absurd idea that we live in a hologram universe provides the methods that are now widely accepted by those who study cosmology and quantum mechanics.

 

Friday 6th March 2020

The Search for Life in the Universe

Prof. Charles Cockell – University of Edinburgh

For the first time, using robots and telescopes we are on the verge of getting some sort of idea about whether we are alone in the Universe.

In this talk we’ll take a tour of these distant worlds and new missions and consider the prospects for life elsewhere.

Alan Tough -Comet C/2017 T2 (PanSTARRS) approaching the Double Cluster in Perseus.

iTelescope T20; Mayhill, New Mexico.
OTA: Takahashi 106mm FSQ-ED; FL = 530mm; f/5.0; CCD: SBIG STL-11000M; Mount: Paramount PME.
Date: 2020 January 25; Time: 02:02 UT (start of imaging run).
Luminance: 3 x 300 secs; RGB: 2 x 300 secs per filter.
 

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

The full programme for 2020 can be found here or as a pdf.

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).

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