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No 59 - March 2009

2009 A Space Odyssey

Edinburgh Science Festival - IYA event April 18 2009

EDINBURGH STUDENT UNION DEBATING HALL BRISTO SQUARE

I - From Galileo to Hubble and backyard telescopes

A Series of star-studded lectures (or - how to become a skywatching addict)

10.00-17.30 Admission - free

Participants may attend any part or all of the event, though all day attendance is encouraged. All ages welcome.

PROGRAMME

MORNING

10.00-10.25
Professor John C. Brown (The Astronomer Royal for Scotland)
Welcome Remarks

10.25-10.50
Dr Bill Samson (Former Director of Mills Observatory, Dundee)
Public Astronomy in Scotland

10.50-11.15
Ms Pauline McRae (Former Chairwoman Highland Astronomical Society)
The Dark Skies Scotland Project

11.15-11.40
Dr David Gavine (Former President Astronomical Society of Edinburgh)
Variable Star Observing

11.40-12.05
Mr Charles Gleed (Astronomical Society of Edinburgh)
Robotic Telescopes for All

12.05-12.30
Mr Philip Perkins (Astrocruise)
Imaging the Cosmos

LUNCH BREAK
12.30-14.00

AFTERNOON

14.00-15.00
Dr Chris Lintott (Sky at Night Presenter; University of Oxford; STFC Science in Society Fellow)
400 Years of Unveiling the Cosmos

15.00-15.30
Mr John Braithwaite (Clydesdale Astronomical Society)
Buying, making and using telescopes

15.30-16.00
Dr Francisco Diego (University College London; STFC Science in Society Fellow)
Fire in the sky: The magic of solar eclipses and aurorae

16.00-16.30
Mr Tom Boles (Coddenham Observatory, World record holder for supernova discoveries)
Supernova Hunting and Cosmology

16.30-17.00
Dr Helen Fraser (University of Strathclyde)
How to hunt for life in the universe.

17.00
Professor John C Brown
Closing discussion

Followed by

II - Grand Galilean Ceilidh

from 19.30, same venue.

Dance the night away like a Galilean Satellite to the sound of famed band The Occasionals. Bar on site. Minimum age 18. Tickets £8 from Ed Sci Fest.

If skies are clear, between dances see Saturn as Galileo saw it. More details will be available mid-February in the Edinburgh Science Festival programme and Website and on http://www.johncbrown.org. Email enquiries to < lmccalman @ blueyonder.co.uk > or < john @ astro.gla.ac.uk >

Organisers: John Brown, Lorna McCalman, Charles Gleed

Sponsors: Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Edinburgh

Adapted from an email sent to members of the Institute of Physics.


Contents

Cover page

Forthcoming events

Moonwatch in North Berwick

Observing session at the dark sky site, Addiewell

2009 A Space Odyssey

Annual General Meeting

Annual Report for 2008

Society news

About the ASE Journal


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