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Non-ASE events in winter 2015/2016

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. The Royal Observatory Edinburgh Visitor Centre have an extensive programme of public events - too many events for us to list here and keep track of.

Sep 15th onwards, ~4 weeks
library opening times, University of Edinburgh, Main Library, George Square, EH8 9LJ
Display of medals awarded to Arthur Holmes
On Septempber 20th, it is 50 years since the death of the leading geologist Arthur Holmes, To commemorate this, a display of his medals has been installed outside the Centre for Research Collections, Reading Room (level 6) in the University's Main Library. The public can gain access to the Reading Room by speaking to the security desk on the right hand side of the main entrance of the library.
Sep 26th
12:00 - 16:00, Collective Gallery, City Observatory, Calton Hill
Doors Open
As the birthplace of astronomy and timekeeping in Edinburgh, the City Observatory complex on Calton Hill is one of the city's most important and iconic sites. A project to redevelop the site of the William Henry Playfair (1818) designed City Observatory as a new home for the Collective Gallery is in development and visitors are invited behind the walls to visit the grounds before they are transformed.
Guided tours, information leaflets/notes, behind the scenes access, stewards/volunteers at key points.
Sep 27th
12:00 - 16:00, Collective Gallery, City Observatory, Calton Hill
Doors Open
As the birthplace of astronomy and timekeeping in Edinburgh, the City Observatory complex on Calton Hill is one of the city's most important and iconic sites. A project to redevelop the site of the William Henry Playfair (1818) designed City Observatory as a new home for the Collective Gallery is in development and visitors are invited behind the walls to visit the grounds before they are transformed.
Guided tours, information leaflets/notes, behind the scenes access, stewards/volunteers at key points.
Sep 28th
19:00, RSSA, Church Centre, AUC
Dr John Davies, Royal Observatory
New Horizons in the Solar System
Nov 9th
19:00, Wash Bar, Edinburgh
Pippa Goldschmidt and Tania Hershman (co-editors)
It's 100 years since the birth of general relativity. The new anthology I am because you are celebrates this theory in the best way possible – through short stories and essays (and a couple of lovely poems) by wonderful writers such as Andrew Crumey, Dilys Rose and Pedro Ferreira, and co-edited by Pippa Goldschmidt and Tania Hershman. Come along and help them launch this literary universe with readings from some of the contributors.
Mar 28th
19:00, RSSA, Church Centre, AUC
Prof Andy Lawrence, University of Edinburgh
Is astronomy useless?