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Meetings and events in winter 2014/2015

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 September 1st, the summer semester starts on May 1st. Any changes to our meeting arrangements will be placed on our website http://www.astronomyedinburgh.org/.

ASE@90

The Astronomical Society of Edinburgh was founded 1924-10-15 as the Astronomical Association of Edinburgh. As a small celebration of our 90th birthday, a mini-series of three talks is given by leading Edinburgh astronomers, who have a connection with ASE. Prof Lawrence - who spoke in July 2014 - holds the post that Thomas Henderson, first Astronomer Royal for Scotland, took up in 1834. Lawrence is also an Honorary President of ASE, like all his predecessors starting with Prof R.A. Sampson in 1924. Profs Brand and Heggie were active in the Fellowship of Junior Astronomers - an off-shoot of ASE - a few decades ago.

Sep 12th
20:00, ASE@90, Church Centre, AUC
Prof Peter Brand, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
The Golden Years of Astronomy: will they ever cease?
"In a career starting in the 1960s I have watched - sometimes in foolish disbelief - as revolution after revolution has taken place in the understanding of our subject, and the trend seems set to continue. The Royal Observatory Edinburgh has been deeply involved in these advances, and I shall give a worms-eye view of progress, then to the near future."
Sep 17th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
Sep 27th
10:00 - 17:00, ROE/ASE, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Blackford Hill
ROE Open Days
ASE will be helping out, in particular (and weather permitting) with telescopes to look at the Sun.
Sep 28th
10:00 - 17:00, ROE/ASE, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Blackford Hill
ROE Open Days
ASE will be helping out, in particular (and weather permitting) with telescopes to look at the Sun.
Oct 3rd
20:00, ASE@90, Church Centre, AUC
Prof Douglas Heggie, University of Edinburgh
The million-body problem: the life and death of star clusters
Oct 8th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
Nov 7th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Dr Ross Archibald
Physiology and health in space
Nov 12th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
Nov 29th
10:00 - 16:00, ASE / National Museum of Flight / ROE, East Fortune Airfield
Astronomy Day at the Museum of Flight
Join us for a day of space-themed talks and activities, starlab shows and activities with the ASE, the ROE, and the Strathclyde Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (StrathSEDS). Admission included in normal museum admission fee. Details online.
Nov 29th
18:00 - 21:00, ASE / National Museum of Flight / ROE, East Fortune Airfield
Evening Stargazing at the Museum of Flight
Bring your own telescope or binoculars, or use a variety of telescopes on site with experts on hand to give you help and guidance. If the weather is not suitable, there will be indoor telescope demonstrations and evening starlab sessions instead. This event will be BSL (British Sign Language) interpreted. Details online.
Dec 5th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Prof Charles Cockell, University of Edinburgh
Will we ever speak to aliens?
Dec 10th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
Jan 9th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Steven Owens, Dark Sky Diary
In defence of night: dark sky protection and astronomy tourism
Jan 14th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
Feb 6th
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? If you have any particular queries we should address, let us know some time in advance.
Feb 11th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
Mar 6th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, University of Oxford
Bursts, bangs and things that go bump in the night - transient astronomy
Mar 11th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
Mar 20th
08:00 - 11:00
Solar eclipse
The eclipse will be total in a strip of the North Atlantic, a few hundred kilometres wide, crossing the Faroe Islands and Svalbard. See the global map by Fred Espenak for NASA.
As seen from Edinburgh, the eclipse starts at 08:31 UT and ends at 10:43 UT. The deepest eclipse will be at 09:35 UT with 94% of the diameter of the solar disc covered by the Moon. The Sun's brightness will at that time be reduced to 6.5% its normal value, similar to the change from sunny conditions to overcast with very heavy rain clouds.
There is a nice simulation at http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/uk/edinburgh.
The Sun will not be safe to look at without appropriate protection.
Mar 28th
10:00 - 17:00, John Brown et al., Edinburgh University (EUSA) Debating Hall, Bristo Square
Science and magic of light, the universe, and everything
A free warp speed tour of our amazing universe.
A day of free talks, demos and discussion by eminent scientists and magicians for the general public (all ages), to celebrate 2015 as International Year of Light. Also space rock display by Jamie Shepherd, and sunspot viewing courtesy of ASE (weather permitting). Doors open 09:30.
Parallel planetarium shows through the day (£3/£2).
Follow the hyperlink above for full details.
Apr 10th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Dr Giles Hammond, University of Glasgow
The International Year of Light 2015
Apr 15th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only

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