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Non-ASE events in winter 2013/2014

These are events without ASE involvement, but should be of interest to ASE members and others interested in astronomy. Please check independently about cancellation, admission fees, booking requirements etc.

Also check our links page that lists other organisations, many of which will offer their own full programme details on the web.

Jan 7th - 9th
20:00, BBC Two
Stargazing Live
This three-day broadcasting event returns to our screens in early January.
Jan 20th
19:00, Royal Scottish Society of Arts,
Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL
Prof Gillian Wright, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
The James Webb Space Telescope Mission
Feb 3rd
19:30, British Science Association,
Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL
Steve Owens, Dark Skies Consultant
Scotland's dark sky places
Doors open at 19:00, when coffee/tea and biscuits will be available (£1). Although the lecture is free, voluntary donations of £2 would be appreciated to cover the costs of the British Science Association who are hosting the event. Tickets can be obtained through Eventbrite.
Mar 1st - 8th
National Astronomy Week
During this week, Jupiter will be at its highest for many years to and will be more visible than usual in the early evening sky in the UK, providing an amazing opportunity for observers to obtain their best view ever of this giant planet. National Astronomy Weeks run approximately every 5 or 6 years and they are usually linked with important astronomy events; as well as the increased visibility of Jupiter, this week is also convenient for observing a number of other night sky objects. On the 8th March there will also be a lovely waxing Crescent Moon, which for the general public is such an impressive thing to see with a telescope. The impressive and familiar constellation of Orion will be prominent in the evening sky. The dwarf planet Ceres and the asteroid Vesta will also be visible. Having this wide variety of impressive celestial objects to look at will help participating organisations to offer inspiring events. This provides a lovely opportunity to celebrate Jupiter by organising fun activities and events, all of which may help inspire young minds and encourage them to become astronomers of the future.
Mar 6th
16:30 - 18:30 and 19:00 - 21:00, ROE,
Almondell Country Park Visitor Centre
Eyes on the Sky at Almondell
More detail on the ROE Visitor Centre page. Two sessions, limited spaces, booking essential.
Mar 10th
19:00, Royal Scottish Society of Arts,
Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL
Prof James Hough, University of Glasgow
The search for gravitational waves
Mar 12th - 16th
Channel 4
Live from Space
Channel 4 have teamed up with NASA and will be getting up close and personal with astronauts like never before. "Live From Space" is a three-part series which culminates with a two hour special on Sunday 16th March. Channel 4 will be broadcasting live from the International Space Station (ISS) and Mission Control at the Johnson Space Centre, Houston, while the ISS completes an entire orbit of the Earth.