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Non-ASE events in winter 2016/2017

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 9th - 11th
Dundee Astronomical Society / British Astronomical Association,
Dalhousie Building, Dundee University, DD1 5EN
Stars: Theory, physics and effects
Dundee Weekend Meeting of the British Astronomical Association.
Friday evening: 19:00 - 21:30. Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00.
Sunday morning: 10:00 - 13:00, visit to Dundee Mills Observatory.
See BAA website for booking form, cost, programme, directions, etc.
Sep 14th
19:30, Carnegie Hall Studio, Dunfermline,
Donny Mackay, Stornoway Astronomical Society, Biblical Research Society
The Star of Bethlehem
Tickets (£5) for this event are available from the box office at Carnegie Hall,
Oct 19th - 27th
17:30 - 19:30, University of Glasgow
Prof Sean Carroll, California Institute of Technology
The big picture: On the origins of life, meaning and the universe itself
The University of Glasgow's Gifford Lectures this year are being delivered by Sean Carroll over five evenings from 19 to 27 October. Individual lectures will cover:
  • (19th) Cosmos, time, memory
  • (20th) The stuff of which we are made
  • (24th) Layers of reality
  • (26th) Simplicity, complexity, thought
  • (27th) Our place in the universe
Professor Carroll researches theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, gravitation, and quantum mechanics by studying the structure and evolution of the universe. His particular concerns are inflation, the arrow of time, and how quantum mechanics intersects with cosmology. He has done work on dark matter and dark energy, modified gravity, topological defects, extra dimensions, and violations of fundamental symmetries. His books include From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time, and The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World.
Tickets online (free) from https://glasgowgifford2016.eventbrite.co.uk
Oct 26th - 30th     MAIN DAY IS SATURDAY
Kielder Star Camp
Five-day gathering at the Kielder campsite, culminating in the main day on Saturday Oct 29, 12:00 to 16:30 with talks and astro boot sale at Kielder Castle.
Nov 28th
18:00, Royal Society of Edinburgh, George Street,
Prof Ewine F. van Dishoeck, Leiden Observatory
Building Stars, Planets and the Ingredients for Life in Space – Sweet Results from ALMA
One of the most exciting developments in astronomy is the discovery of thousands of planets around stars other than our Sun. But how do these exo-planets form, and why are they so different from those in our own solar system? Which ingredients are available to build them?
Thanks to powerful new telescopes, especially the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers are starting to address these age-old questions scientifically. Stars and planets are born in the cold and tenuous clouds between the stars in the Milky Way and ALMA allows us to zoom in on planetary construction zones for the first time. Water and a surprisingly rich variety of organic materials are found, including simple sugars. Can these pre-biotic molecules end up on new planets and form the basis for life elsewhere in the Universe?
Booking required, follow the hyperlink above.
Jan 19th
19:30, Astronomical Society of Glasgow,
lecture theatre 325, John Anderson Building, Strathclyde University
Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell
An introduction to pulsars - Throwing some light on gravity and relativity
Tannahill Lecture 2017.
No need to book, please be seated by 19:15.
Mar 16th
19:30, Aero Space Kinross,
Loch Leven Community Campus Assembly Hall
Watch this Space
Steve Owens: The wonders of the night sky
Jimmy Slaughter: The opportunities from Space
Alisdair Stewart, Chairman Aero Space Kinross: Progress report
Free entry, but booking essential, book online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ask-astronomy-evening-tickets-31035526094?aff=es2
Apr 3rd - 5th
20:00, Summerhall, Edinburgh International Science Festival,
Francis Gallop
Scotland-based theatre makers Francis Gallop and the Artistic Director of multi award-winning Nutshell, Kate Nelson team up, for a brand new production presented as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Cosmonaut weaves together three 'true' stories from the early space race using video projection, music and live performance to explore the history and mythology surrounding the ascent of the first man into space.
Tickets and further information can be found at https://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/event-details/cosmonaut