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Meetings and events in summer 2011

Any changes to our meeting arrangements will be put on our website http://www.astronomyedinburgh.org/. The list below may include events not held by the Society, but of interest to members or to those interested in astronomy. For those events please check independently about cancellation, admission fees, booking, etc.

Apr 1st
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
David Small, President, Astronomical Society of Edinburgh
Astronomy in education
Apr 6th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Apr 11th
18:00, Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street
Prof John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland
Early watchers of the skies - Makdougall Brisbane and other great Scottish astronomers
(see RSE event schedule)
Apr 9th - 22nd
Edinburgh International Science Festival
with many events about astronomy, geology, etc.
Apr 21st
19:00, ROE, Science Festival, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
Universe Challenge
A team from ASE takes on professional astronomers in a panel quiz.
The audience will also be issued with buzzers to join in.
Tickets £5/£4 from the Science Festival.
Apr 23rd
10:00 - 17:00, IoP/RSE/ASE/SAG, Science Festival, Edinburgh Student Union Debating Hall
Cosmic Threats to Earth Public Lecture Event
Admission free, no ticket required, all ages welcome.
Participants may attend any part of the event, all-day attendance recommended.

ASE is one of the sponsors. See detailed programme.
Apr 23rd
19:30 - 24:00, Science Festival, Edinburgh Student Union Debating Hall
End of the World Ceilidh
Dance the night away under the Earth (as there may be no tomorrow)
to the sound of famed band The Occasionals. Bar on site. Minimum age 18.
Tickets £10/£8 from the Science Festival.
If skies are clear see Saturn's rings for yourself from the bar balcony.
In any case plan on some Earthly orbital eight-some reeling.

ASE is one of the sponsors. See detailed programme.
May 6th
17:30, Crawford Project, Teviot Lecture Theatre, Teviot Place
Prof Richard Kremer, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Two god-fearing astronomers from Wittenberg, or How Copernicanism began in 1540
Crawford Lecture, see poster (2 MByte PDF).
May 6th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Ken Kennedy, Aurora Section, British Astronomical Association
Noctilucent clouds - A modern phenomenon?
Jun 3rd
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Dr Horst Meyerdierks, Astronomical Society of Edinburgh
Algol and Almaaz - two bright variable stars
Jul 1st
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Dr Bruce Vickery, Astronomical Society of Edinburgh
Impact of astronomy on ancient Egypt
Jul 29th
09:15, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street
Opening ceremony
New exhibits include ROE's 16/24 inch Schmidt telescope and the first sub-millimetre wavelength camera SCUBA.
Aug 11th
18:00, Fringe Festival, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
Skeptics on the Fringe
Featuring speakers from the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, discussing the wonders of space and the universe.
Special guest will be musician Sarah Angliss, performing "Spacedog".
Free admission, tickets required, booking essential.
Aug 13th
20:30, Book Festival, Charlotte Square Gardens
James Attlee
Reflections on the Moon
Aug 18th
18:00, Fringe Festival, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
Skeptics on the Fringe
Featuring speakers from the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, discussing the wonders of space and the universe.
Special guest will be comedian Helen Keen.
Free admission, tickets required, booking essential.
Aug 24th
20:30, Book Festival, Charlotte Square Gardens
Ted Nield
Why we should learn to love meteorites
Aug 27th
16:30, Book Festival, Charlotte Square Gardens
Dava Sobel
Reaching for the stars
Sep 9th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Dr Alexander MacKinnon, University of Glasgow
Lochaber to the cosmos
NB: Second Friday of the month.
Sep 24th
11:00 - 16:00, City Observatory, Calton Hill
Doors Open Day
ASE will be helping with the Doors Open Day at the historic astronomical observatory on Calton Hill.
Tours every half hour, to book email < currievale @ hotmail.com >.
As of 22 September, all tours are fully booked.
Sep 24th
10:00 - 17:00, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Blackford Hill
Doors Open Day
ASE will maintain a presence at the ROE Doors Open Day. Find us in the Library.
Sep 25th
10:00 - 17:00, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Blackford Hill
Doors Open Day
ASE will maintain a presence at the ROE Doors Open Day. Find us in the Library.
Sep 29th
19:00, Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace
Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell
A Quaker astronomer reflects
Admission free.