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Non-ASE events in winter 2017/2018

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 20th - 22nd
Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park / Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere
First European Dark Sky Places Conference
Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park in partnership with the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere are holding the first European Dark Sky Places Conference in Galloway, Scotland.
The link to the conference website is: http://eudarkskiesconference.com/
Booking at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/european-dark-sky-places-conference-tickets-32056284209
Sep 27th
18:30 and 20:00, David Elder Lecture Series, Glasgow Science Centre (in partnership with the University of Strathclyde Department of Physics)
Steve Owens, Crawick Multiverse
Universe or multiverse
Astronomer Steve Owens, Executive Director of the Crawick Multiverse, a 55-acre science/art landscape designed by globally renowned landscape artist Charles Jencks, utilises the incredible power of the fulldome digital planetarium to explore whether our universe is the only one, or if we're one of countless universes making up the Multiverse.
£6 admission.
Oct 7th
11:00, Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival, Edinburgh Filmhouse
A Residence Above the Clouds
Last summer our Honorary President, Prof Andy Lawrence, and a number of Edinburgh students participated in a fascinating film, in which they went to Tenerife and re-created the famous experiments of the second Scottish Astronomer Royal, Charles Piazzi Smyth. His historic trip was the origin of mountain top astronomy.
This film has been seen on Spanish TV, and now is having its first official UK showing. Go to https://www.edinburghspanishfilmfestival.com/en/films/a-residence-above-the-clouds/ for more info and tickets.
Oct 25th
18:30 and 20:00, David Elder Lecture Series, Glasgow Science Centre (in partnership with the University of Strathclyde Department of Physics)
Tania Johnston, European Southern Observatory
Reaching new heights in astronomy
As the world’s leading ground-based astronomy organisation, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) builds and operates some of the best telescopes in the world, enabling astronomical discoveries and the further understanding of our fascinating Universe. Tania Johnston, the ESO Supernova Coordinator, will give an overview of the organisation, including amazing footage of the telescopes in the Atacama Desert, scientific simulations of discoveries made with these facilities, and a look to the future, building the world’s largest optical telescope, the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT).
£6 admission.
Oct 30th
18:30 for 19:00, Royal Scottish Society of Arts, Church Centre, AUC
Dr Christopher Evans, UK Astronomy Technology Centre
The European Extremely Large Telescope
Earlier this year the European Southern Observatory held a 'First Stone' ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) in northern Chile. With a primary collecting area of 39 metres in diameter the ELT will be the world's largest telescope at visible and infrared wavelengths. It will provide astronomers with unprecedented views of the sky, from planets around nearby stars right out to galaxies at the edge of the observable Universe. Dr Evans will give an overview of this tremendously exciting and ambitious project, and will highlight some of the leading roles that UK groups are playing in turning this long-standing dream into reality.
Oct 31st
17:30, Traditional Cosmology Society, 16-20 George Square, G.02, access at 19 George Square,
Prof Václav Blažek, Masaryk University
Indo-European astronomical terminology in the Near Eastern and North Eurasian Context
Václav Blažek is a professor of historical linguistics with a background in physics and mathematics. In this talk, open to the public he will discuss some of the most frequent astronomical terms in the Near Eastern and North Eurasian contexts, such as "sun", "moon", "star", and the names of some constellations, both etymologically, and from a mythological perspective. The talk will appeal to those with in an interest in both traditional and physical cosmology.
Nov 29th
18:30 and 20:00, David Elder Lecture Series, Glasgow Science Centre (in partnership with the University of Strathclyde Department of Physics)
Prof John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland
Comets - bringers of death, bringers of life, and cosmic probes
Humans have observed comets in our skies for millennia, when they were often considered to be bad omens, foretelling famine, plagues, or the death of kings. Our understanding of their appearances only really began in the 16^th century, and since then it has taken us from merely observing them, to landing spacecraft on their pitted surfaces. These icy visitors from the very edges of our solar system may have delivered water to an early Earth, or even brought with them the organic molecules required for the evolution of life on our planet.
Professor John Brown OBE FRSE and Astronomer Royal For Scotland since 1995, will explore the history of comets, from the myths and legends of early observations to today's cutting-edge science investigating their true nature.
£6 admission.