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SIGMA Monthly Meetings 2020 – 2023

Bringing a Piece of Space Down to Earth
Dr. John Davies – Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
Friday 3rd April 2020

The Frontiers of Astronomy
Dr. Robin Catchpole – Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University
Friday 1st May 2020

The Path to the Planets, the Road to the Stars
Dr. Howie Firth – SIGMA
Friday 5th June 2020

An Update on the Solar System
Graham Young – University of Dundee
Friday 7th August 2020

Finding Planets Around Other Stars
Prof. Ken Rice – Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
Friday 4th September 2020

Astronomical Dimming
Hugh Hudson – University of Glasgow
2nd October 2020

Ice Giants
Pauline McRae – Highlands Astronomical Society
Friday 6th November 2020

Black Holes – a Dark Story 
Sandra Brantingham – British Astronomical Association
Friday, 8 January 2021

Apollo 15: the First Science Expedition to the Moon
Ken MacTaggart – Highlands Astronomical Society
Friday, 5 February 2021 
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Nightscapes, Wide Field Astrophotography 
Maciej Winiarczyk – Caithness Astronomy Group/
Friday, 5 March 2021

Non Professional Comet Observing and Discovery Today 
Denis Buczynski – British Astronomical Association Comet Section
Friday, 2 April 2021

Solar Microscopes 
Prof. Lyndsay Fletcher – University of Glasgow
Friday, 7 May 2021

Satellite Data and (Trans)Planetary Ecology: How Space is Changing our World-View?
Matjez Vidmar – Royal Observatory Edinburgh
Friday, 4 June 2021

Wonders of the Southern Skies 
Prof. Ian Morrison – Jodrell Bank
Friday, 2 July 2021

Astronomy and the Art of Navigation 
David Paterson – Dundee Astronomical Society
Friday, 6 August 2021

The Fourth George Fraser Memorial Lecture 
Prof. Charles Cockell – University of Edinburgh
Friday, 3 September 2021

The High Energy Sun 
Dr. Alec L. MacKinnon – University of Glasgow
Friday, 1 October 2021

Mercury: The Incredible Shrinking Planet 
Dr. Simon Cuthbert – AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Friday, 5 November 2021

Echo-mapping of Supermassive Black Holes 
Dr Juan Santisteban, University of St Andrews 
Friday, 7 January 2022

From Clouds to Crust – How can we investigate the surface of rocky exoplanets without seeing them directly? 
Oliver Herbort, University of St Andrews 
Friday, 4 February 2022

White Dwarfs
Maarten De Vries, SIGMA
Friday, 4 March 2022

Earth Observation – Foundations and the Future 
Christopher Jennings 
Friday, 1 April 2022

Messages from Mercury: Discovering the Innermost Planet 
Prof. Keith Nicholson, Caithness Astronomy Group
Friday, 6 May 2022

Exploring Cosmic Dawn with the James Webb Space Telescope 
Prof. Jim Dunlop, Royal Observatory Edinburgh 
Friday, 1 July 2022

A billion years of stargazing 
Dr Michael Petersen, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
Friday, 2 September 2022–C3eM

How to Run a Space Telescope 
Dr Neill Reid, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
Friday, 4 November 2022

Against The Odds: A Patagonian Eclipse
Mike Frost, Coventry and Wickshire Astronomy Society 
Friday, 6 January 2023

Einstein’s Universe: The Dawn, and Exciting Future, of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy
Prof. Martin Hendry, University of Glasgow
Friday, 3 February 2023

What Makes a Planet Habitable
Patrick Barth, University of St Andrews and the Institute for Space Research in Graz, Austria
Friday, 3 March 2023

The Fifth George Fraser Memorial Lecture: Apollo 13: Beyond the Headlines:
Prof. Nigel Bannister, Space Park, Leicester
Friday, 5 May 2023 – ZOOM Meeting

Space Exploration Via The Medium of Plastic Model Kits
John Davies, UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
Friday, 4 August 2023

From The Sun to the Outposts of The Universe: The Life of George Ellery Hale
Brian Kelly, Discovery Dundee
Friday, 1 September 2023

(Making Sense of the) Colours in the Night Sky
Gordon Mackie, Caithness Astronomy Group
Friday, 6 October 2023

Other SIGMA Videos

SIGMA Weekly Astro Website Review (

SIGMA Weekly Website Review (Stellarium)

SIGMA Website review (


SIGMA Astro Photography basics Pt 1

Astro Photography basics Pt 2

Astrophotography basics Pt3

Speaker Videos

Prof. Martin Hendry has provided these videos after his talk in February 2023:

“James Clerk Maxwell” (with Catherine Heymans)

Feature on Maxwell for Border TV (begins about 10:40)