Winter 1996 - 1997 Programme of Meetings

City Observatory, Calton Hill, Edinburgh EH7 5AA
Meetings are held on Fridays, within the City Observatory, at 8pm (Civil Time)
(unless otherwise stated)

September 6th

Jim Nisbet
Properties of the Stars

October 4th

City of Edinburgh Council Millennium Project Team
Presentation on plans for Calton Hill

November 1st

Guy Hurst - "The Astronomer" magazine
Twenty years of International Searching for novae and supernovae

December 6th

Professor Douglas Heggie - University of Edinburgh
Globular Clusters

January 10th

Dr Graham Woan - University of Glasgow
Radio Astronomy

February 7th

Professor John Peacock - Royal Observatory Edinburgh
Universes in a Box

March 7th

Please note this is Friday 7th (not Saturday 8th as on printed syllabus card and earlier versions of this web page)
Annual General Meeting
Dr Mary Brück - former Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh University
Mary Somerville, Scottish Astronomer and Mathematician

March 23rd

Open Day - as part of Edinburgh International Science Festival
Once again the observatory will be open to the public on a Sunday afternoon. Starting 2pm there will be tours of the observatory, observing the Sun (if clear) and short talks on astronomical topics. Things will be wound up by about 5pm but if the skies are clear we hope to re-open by 8pm to look at Mars and the Moon.

Observatory Opening Times

Following each Lecture meeting (usually on the first Friday of each month) tea and biscuits are served in the Playfair Building and the Telescopes and Library are available for use.

The Society's Council meets regularly (usually on the last Friday of the month) and the Telescopes and Library are available for use following this. Barring extremely urgent business, Council Meetings will finish by 21:00.

On other Fridays, the Observatory will be open from 20:00 until about 22:00. Members may wish to make use of the Library on these nights or just come up for a chat about astronomy with the duty Council Member. When the weather is favourable we hope to have as many members and friends as possible come to make use of the telescopes.