SIGMA Events Programme for 2010

Meetings are held on the first Friday of every month at Birnie Village Hall near Elgin.
Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
Non-members are always welcome and refreshments are provided (for a small donation).
SIGMA regularly holds public observing sessions at its dark site outside Elgin. Visit our Public Events page to see what we have planned.

Friday 8th January
CANCELLED DUE TO POOR WEATHER – this talk will now take place at the February meeting.

Fri 5th February
Dr John Reid, Aberdeen University
Dr Reid will be giving us a talk on the history of the telescope, from its first astronomical use by Harriot and Galileo to the present day, celebrating just over 400 years since its invention.

Friday 5th March
One Sky Many Monuments
Robert Huges, University of Glasgow
Robert Hughes will be taking us back into the distant past to explain how our ancestors viewed the night sky during the Neolithic age. He will also talk about the monuments they built to measure and worship the movement of the heavens above them.

Fri 2nd April
The Moon
Bill Leslie, SIGMA
A personal pictorial tour of the Moon, showing not just what can be seen but why we see what we see.

Friday 7th May
Our Changed Perception of the Solar System
Graham Young, University of Dundee
Graham Young from the University of Dundee will be explaining why and how our understanding of the Solar System has changed over the centuries.

Friday 4th June
Annual General Meeting
A chance to recap up on what SIGMA has been doing in 2009/2010, Committee elections and a look forward to the rest of the year.

Friday 2nd July
How the Sun Got Its Spots
Brian Kelly, Dundee
SIGMA favourite Brian Kelly from Discovery Dundee returns with another fascinating sun talk. Brian will tell us the story of astronomers who, from their records of sunspot observations, were able to deduce the workings of the sun.

Friday 6th August
The Sun
Lyn Smith, CAS, BAA Solar Section 
Lyn Smith is the Solar Section Director of the BAA and will be discussing the sun when observed in White Light and H-Alpha.

Friday 3rd September
Final Mission to Hubble
Chris Stradling, SIGMA 
SIGMA member Chris Stradling will be reviewing and reliving the STS-125 mission in May 2009
which was the final service mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Friday 1st October
Equipment and Observing Night
A chance to try out astronomical equipment with someone on hand to explain how it works and what it can do.

John Burns from Strathspey Binoculars will be joining us again to display is fantastic wares and the whole evening will be rounded off with an observing session (weather permitting).

Friday 5th November
Is there Anybody Out There?
Stewart Argo, SIGMA
SIGMA member Stewart Argo explores the myths and realities of extra terrestrial life. Can we really be alone, is there anybody out there?

Friday 3rd December
SIGMA members & families!
Yet another night of fun and mince pies to finish off 2010