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Meetings and events in winter 2012/2013

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.

For ASE venue details, including maps, see the meetings index page.

Oct 5th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Paul L. Money, http://www.astrospace.co.uk/Home1.htm
On top of the world - the 2008 north pole expedition and solar eclipse
Oct 10th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Oct 15th
19:00, RSSA, Church Centre, AUC
Prof Charles Cockell, University of Edinburgh
The search for life beyond the Earth
Oct 28th
19:00 - 21:00, RBGE/ROE/ASE, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (west gate)
Stargazing sessions
The Royal Botanic Garden will host an event similar to that for January's Stargazing LIVE. The Royal Observatory Edinburgh will be in charge of the indoor activities, and ASE will be pointing telescopes at the sky, weather permitting.
Sign up on the night, first come, first served basis.
RBGE and ROE also run activities, both on Oct 27th and 28th, 12:00 to 16:30.
NB: Times for 27th are BST, times for 28th are GMT.
Nov 1st
17:30, RSA, Royal College of Surgeons, Nicholson St, EH8 9DW
Prof Martin Rees, Lord Rees of Ludlow, Astronomer Royal
A vision for the future of science
RSA Angus Millar Lecture 2012
Free and open to all members of the public. Please register online.
Nov 2nd
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Surgery on telescopes and other observing aids
With Christmas upon us, you may wonder what is the right telescope, book or star chart to buy?
If you have any particular queries we should address, let us know some time in advance.
Nov 14th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Dec 5th
18:30, Edinburgh Reads, Edinburgh Central Library, George IV Bridge
Dr Bruce Vickery, AS Edinburgh
Scotland's first Astronomer Royal and the Calton Hill Observatory
The speaker charts Thomas Henderson's move from a career in law to becoming an accomplished theoretical and practical astronomer, and Scotland's first Astronomer. Free, register online.
Dec 7th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Dr Clive Davenhall, Society for the History of Astronomy
Lost world: Images of Mars before the Space Age
(abstract and further reading)
Dec 12th - LATE ADDITION!!
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Geminids or Imaging Group
If the skies clear, we'll go to the park (see map) and see if there are any Geminid meteors about. All Society members welcome, i.e. not just the Imaging Group regulars. If the weather isn't great, we can adjourn indoors and have a normal meeting.
Dec 13th - CHANGE OF DATE!!
19:30, ASE, Cousland
Geminid meteor shower
Weather permitting, from around 19:30 until we get too cold! This seems to be the expected maximum with highest rates between 02:00 and 04:00 on th 14th. This is also a chance to try out this site as a potential dark meeting place. Society members only. There are two maps linked from the "Venues" section of the meetings index page.
Jan 11th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Tom Walkinshaw, Alba Orbital
New frontiers in end of life celebration - Space
Jan 16th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Jan 21st
19:00, RSSA, Church Centre, AUC
Prof James Dunlop, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
The first galaxies
Jan 22nd
19:00, RSE, 22-26 George St, EH2 2PQ
Prof Richard Schilizzi, University of Manchester
The Square Kilometre Array
Feb 1st
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Surgery on telescopes and other observing aids
Got an astronomy gadget for Christmas and don't know how to use it? Missed the surgery in November?
If you have any particular queries we should address, let us know some time in advance.
Feb 13th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Mar 1st
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Dr Bruce Vickery, AS Edinburgh
Scotland's first Astronomer Royal and the Calton Hill Observatory
The speaker charts Thomas Henderson's move from a career in law to becoming an accomplished theoretical and practical astronomer, and Scotland's first Astronomer.
Mar 9th
10:00 - 17:00, IoP/RSE, Edinburgh Student Union Debating Hall, Teviot Row
Life in the universe
Talks and discussion by eminent experts.
Admission free, no ticket required, ages 8 and up. Doors open 09:30.
Mar 9th
20:00 - 24:00, Edinburgh Student Union Debating Hall, Teviot Row
Out of this World Ceilidh
Dance the night away to one of Scotland's best ceilidh bands, The Occasionals.
Minimum age 18. Tickets £12.50 from https://www.eventelephant.com/OutOfThisWorldCeilidh
If skies are clear star-gaze from the balcony.
Mar 9th
10:30 - 17:45, BAA, Durham AS, Collingwood College, Durham, DH1 3LT
Back to Basics Workshop
The Durham Astronomical Society is hosting the 2013 Back to Basics Workshop of the British Astronomical Association. Register by March 1st.
Mar 13th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Mar 23rd - Apr 7th
Edinburgh International Science Festival
with many events about astronomy, geology, etc.
Mar 24th
19:00 - 20:00, Signet Library, EH1 1RF, Science Festival
Prof Peter Higgs, Prof Rolf-Dieter Heuer
Edinburgh Medal Address: Collaborations and collisions - the search for the Higgs boson
£10/£8, Science Festival.
Mar 27th
19:00 - 21:30, RBGE/ROE/ASE, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (west gate), Science Festival
Stargaze with Mark
To the beginner, the star-filled night sky can seem mysterious and unfathomable. But that doesn't need to be the case! Fresh from co-hosting Stargazing LIVE with Professor Brian Cox, Mark Thompson, aka the people's astronomer and author of the new book A down to Earth guide to the cosmos is back with a night that sees the awesome nature of the cosmos brought down to Earth.
Join Mark and local astronomers for a fascinating and accessible guide to the beauties of the night sky and some top tips on looking up. Try handling a meteorite, witness a comet being made or take a chance (weather permitting!) to do some stargazing yourself.
£8/£6 concessions, Science Festival.
In association with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Transworld Publishers, the Royal Observatory and the Edinburgh Astronomy Society [sic].
Mar 28th
13:00 - 14:00, National Museum of Scotland, Science Festival
Marcus Chown, Prof Richard Wiseman
Richard Wiseman's beginner's guide to ... the universe
£5, Science Festival.