A really excellent Members Night with a wide-ranging selection of short talks from ASE members. Lazy and cheap astronomy, Neutrinos and galaxy rotation, Smartscopes, Great Melbourne Telescope, Ralph Copeland and the Sky in September.
To start the meeting our Vice President Peter Black updated us on the upcoming Society programme. Peter also pointed out that our membership now stands at a very healthy 182. We were joined this evening by Dr Pamela Klaassen, a [...]
Prof. Andy Lawrence gave us a really interesting talk on 200 years of the history of astronomical imaging at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. Jim Nisbet also covered the Sky in June and this was followed by an SGM and our AGM.
Indigenous Australian Astronomy - Dr Pete Kuzma.
This evening we had a fascinating and thought provoking talk from Dr Pete Kuzma of Edinburgh University. We were first introduced to the complexity and likely means of arrival, 45 - 65,000 years ago, in what would become modern Australia of the many nations of indigenous people from the Torres Strait to Tasmania.
Pate Devine reviews the book "Flashes of Creation" by Paul Halpern, a readable and fascinating account of the lives of theoretical physicist, George Gamov, and physicist, Fred Hoyle, and their competing theories on the formation of the universe.
We had an excellent talk from Dr Thomas Wilson of the University of St Andrews. He covered the life-cycle of a planetary system: how they are born, live and die and how advances in both ground- and space-based telescopes have [...]
The ASE held its fifth Telescope Help Shop on Saturday the 25th Feb at St Thomas Church hall in Corstorphine. 21 people attended aided by 9 ASE members. A diverse range of instruments was brought along supplemented by some members’ scopes. All attendees expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to talk about their specific issues as well as the general points covered.
Tosh White tells us about the talk from Prof. Emily Levesque, zooming in from Seattle, and running through some ideas and themes from her book “The Last Stargazers”. “Have you tried turning it off and on again?”