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Meetings and events in winter 2015/2016

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/.

Sep 11th
City Observatory
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Lori Anderson, Collective Gallery
Towards a City Observatory
The Collective Gallery is an art gallery established to support new and emergent artists to exhibit their work in Edinburgh. The gallery is now based at the City Observatory on Calton Hill. Over the next two years, Collective will be making this its new home, opening the whole site to the public, placing contemporary art in the heart of Edinburgh. Ms Anderson will present the plans and vision for the City Observatory – repairs, restoration, new build, and eventual use of the site.
Sep 16th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
Sep 26th
ROE Open Days
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 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.
Oct 2nd
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Surgery on telescopes and other observing aids
Have a problem with your telescope or related equipment? Don't know why the mount turns four ways and usually moves in the wrong direction?
Don't know what scope, book or star chart to buy for Christmas?
If you have any particular queries we should address, let us know some time in advance.
Oct 14th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
Nov 6th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
David Woods
How Apollo flew to the Moon
Nearly half a century ago, 24 men travelled to the Moon and 12 landed on its surface. David Woods describes the techniques that were employed to get them across the vast distance between Earth and the Moon, land on its dusty terrain and safely return, a journey no one has made for 43 years.
There will be the opportunity to purchase and have signed copies of Mr Woods' book.
David Woods worked until recently for BBC Scotland. In 1997, he received a Special Service Award from NASA for making NASA's history available on the web. He is one of the authors of the Haynes Lunar Rover manual and editor of NASA's Apollo Flight Journal.
During his talk, Mr Woods referred to his Scottish Roving Vehicle and to the audio-video records with explanatory subtitles of the Apollo missions he edited and uploaded to You Tube.
Nov 11th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
Nov 14th
10:00 - 20:00, ASE / National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield
Astronomy Day at the Museum of Flight
Join us for a day of space-themed talks and activities.
During the day, admission is included in the normal museum admission fee. For the evening, entrance is free, but booking is required and numbers are limited.
Dec 4th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Dr John Davies, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
New horizons in the solar system
Dr Davies will speak about recent robotic missions to solar system bodies, namely Dawn orbiting the dwarf planet 1 Ceres, Rosetta and Philae orbiting and landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and New Horizons flying past the dwarf planet 134340 Pluto and its moon Charon.
Dec 9th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
Jan 8th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Dr Horst Meyerdierks, Astronomical Society of Edinburgh
Astronomy
This brief introduction will cover aspects of everyday application of astronomy as well as our curiosity of the vast universe beyond our planet Earth.
Jan 13th – CANCELLED
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
The venue are carrying out building work and we think it best to cancel the meeting this month.
Feb 5th – CHANGE OF PROGRAMME
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Prof Rosemary Wyse, Johns Hopkins University
The Milky Way as a galaxy
Educated at Queen Mary College, London, and Cambridge University, Prof Wyse held postdoctoral positions at Princeton and Berkeley, and is now professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Her work has been primarily in the fields of galactic formation, composition and evolution. Her research interests therefore include star formation, dark matter, stellar populations in the Milky Way and in satellite galaxies.
Feb 10th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
Mar 4th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Prof James Dunlop, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
First light
After the Big Bang the universe expanded and cooled, and for a while there was only darkness. But then gravity caused the most dense regions of the universe to collapse and form the first stars and galaxies. In this talk Prof Dunlop will describe how recent advances in observational astronomy, especially the refurbishment of the Hubble Space Telescope, have enabled us to look back in time to within 500 million years of the Big Bang, and directly observe the emergence of the first galaxies. He will also explain how the next generation of facilities, including the long-awaited James Webb Space Telescope, can be expected to shed new light on how today's highly-structured and beautiful Universe emerged from the initial chaos of creation.
Mar 9th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only
Apr 1st
Millennium simulation
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Dr Peter Edwards, Durham University
Weaving the cosmic web
Dr Edwards is member of the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy and of the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology at Durham University. He is also Director of Science Outreach and Science and Society officer in the Department of Physics at Durham. His talk looks at how cosmologists use modelling techniques to understand dark matter and the evolution of the large scale structure of the universe.
Apr 13th
19:30, ASE, Juniper Green Village Hall
Imaging Group
Members only

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