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Meetings and events in winter 2013/2014

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 and by a preview of the month's night sky. Ordinary Meetings are held monthly - except June and 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. Admission is free, for members and non-members.

Other regular meetings - Imaging Group, in-town or out-of-town observing - tend to be for members only. Occasionally, we also run, participate in, or sponsor events for the public. The annual programme is split in two semesters; the winter semester starts on October 1st, the summer semester starts on April 1st. Any changes to our meeting arrangements will be placed on our website http://www.astronomyedinburgh.org/.

Oct 4th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Tania Johnston, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
ALMA and Llamas
Ms Johnston has travelled to some of the astronomical observatories in Chile, including the most advanced sites run by the European Southern Observatory. Of these, the Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) has only very recently started science operations.
Oct 9th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
An informal and social setting for members to enjoy the hobby, and to learn from the knowledge and experience of others.
Nov 1st
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 7th
19:00 - 22:00, RBGE, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (west gate)
Botanics Late - Sea Change
The Royal Botanic Garden run this event of live music, film, food and drink, and have invited ASE to add a stargazing component. Book via the even hyperlink above.
Nov 13th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
An informal and social setting for members to enjoy the hobby, and to learn from the knowledge and experience of others.
Dec 6th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Prof Ian Morison, Jodrell Bank
The story of Jodrell Bank
Prof Morison first joined the Jodrell Bank radio observatory in 1965. He is also a supporter of amateur astronomy and popularises astronomy as author and podcaster.
Dec 11th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
An informal and social setting for members to enjoy the hobby, and to learn from the knowledge and experience of others.
Jan 10th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Alexander Mead, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
Dark energy
Mr Mead works on his doctoral thesis on structure formation in non-standard cosmologies. He has also given public talks on more general topics in the programme of the ROE Visitor Centre.
Jan 13th
18:00 - 21:00, ROE/ASE, Linlithgow Burgh Halls, EH49 7AH
Stargazing Live
ASE will join ROE with telescopes and volunteers to offer views of Jupiter, its cloud bands and moons, the Orion Nebula etc., weather permitting. The venue is just outside Linlithgow Palace. Free, no booking required. A little more detail on the ROE Visitor Centre page
If you are an ASE member and want to volunteer yourself, transport, a telescope, contact the President asap.
Jan 15th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
An informal and social setting for members to enjoy the hobby, and to learn from the knowledge and experience of others.
Feb 7th
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 12th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
An informal and social setting for members to enjoy the hobby, and to learn from the knowledge and experience of others.
Mar 7th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Dr Bruce Vickery, AS Edinburgh
The speed of light and other stellar effects
Dr Vickery is a regular speaker from the ranks of our Society, with a keen interest in the history of astronomy and in astronomical software to help with his historical research.
Mar 12th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
An informal and social setting for members to enjoy the hobby, and to learn from the knowledge and experience of others.

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