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Meetings and events in summer 2013

The main series of meetings held by the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh are its Ordinary Meetings, which feature a main talk by a guest speaker on a topic of general interest. The main talk is often preceded by short presentations by members or by a preview of the month's night sky. Ordinary Meetings are held monthly - except August - on the first or second Friday of the month. Non-members are welcome to these meetings, which take place at the Augustine Church Centre (see below for venues). Admission is free, for members and non-members.

Any changes to our meeting arrangements will be put on our website http://www.astronomyedinburgh.org/.

Apr 5th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Prof Alan Heavens, Imperial College London
Dark energy, extra dimensions and cosmology
A member of the Planck and Euclid spacecraft consortia, Prof Heavens works on theoretical and statistical studies of cosmology, in large-scale structure, gravitational lensing, the cosmic microwave background and galaxy spectra.
Apr 17th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
May 3rd
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Dr Suzanne Ramsay, European Southern Observatory
A star is born
Dr Ramsay will speak on the topic of star formation, presenting the theory and illustrating how observations support this understanding.
May 15th
20:00, ASE, Roseburn
In-town observing meeting
Members only
Similar to the Imaging Group, the venue is split between the park to observe and the Roseburn Bar to meet and to shelter in the event of no clear skies. Meet in the lounge bar rather than the public bar. To get to the park with astronomical equipment, parking on or near Roseburn Crescent is advisable.
Jun 7th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Annual General Meeting
Members only
Followed by a presentation on
Astrophotography with consumer cameras
Jul 5th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Dr Horst Meyerdierks, AS Edinburgh
A slide down memory lane
Some slides and photographic plates of the Society have recently been digitised. They offer a - slightly random - glimpse into the past of the Society.
Aug 12th
21:00, ASE, Duddingston
Perseid meteor observing session
Members only
Following on from the May in-town observing meeting, the maximum of the Perseid meteor shower provides the occasion of another such meeting. To explore further the options for such meetings, this will take place by Duddingston Loch at the southeast entrance/exit of Holyrood Park (Arthur's Seat). Park by the Loch, but convene in the Sheep Heid Inn in the village.
The Perseids are a rich shower of fast meteors, with a high proportion of bright meteors that leave persistent trains; this year's shower is favourable with respect to moonlight (BAA Handbook). See also a note from the BAA Meteor Section about observing the Perseids this year.
Civil twilight ends at 21:40 and nautical twilight exactly one hour later. There is a pass of the International Space Station across the South at about 23:03.
Sep 6th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Dr Michele Cirasuolo, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
An infrared multi-object spectrograph for European astronomy
A powerful new instrument called KMOS was recently tested on ESO’s Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. KMOS is unique as it will be able to observe 24 objects at the same time in infrared light and study the structure simultaneously within each one. Designed and built in Durham, München, Edinburgh, Garching and Oxford, KMOS was assembled in Edinburgh.
Sep 11th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
Sep 28th
10:00 - 17:00, ROE/ASE, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Blackford Hill
Doors Open Day
ASE will be helping out, in particular (and weather permitting) with telescopes to look at the Sun and perhaps Venus.
Sep 29th
10:00 - 17:00, ROE/ASE, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Blackford Hill
Doors Open Day
ASE will be helping out, in particular (and weather permitting) with telescopes to look at the Sun and perhaps Venus.

Venues

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