Meetings and events in summer 2018

The main series of meetings held by the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh are its Ordinary Meetings, which feature a main talk by a guest speaker on a topic of general interest. The main talk is often preceded by short presentations by members and by a preview of the month's night sky. Ordinary Meetings are held monthly – except June and August – on the first or second Friday of the month. Non-members are welcome to these meetings, which take place at the Augustine Church Centre. Admission is free, for members and non-members.

Starting with the AGM in June 2018, we will begin the monthly Friday meetings (Ordinary Meetings) earlier, at 19:30.

Other regular meetings – Imaging Group, in-town or out-of-town observing – tend to be for members only. Occasionally, we also run, participate in, or sponsor events for the public. The annual programme is split in two semesters; the winter semester starts on September 1st, the summer semester starts on May 1st. Any changes to our meeting arrangements will be placed on our website

May 4th
20:00, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Adrienne Macartney, University of St Andrews
Storing skies as stone
Ms Macartney is nearing completion of a PhD with the UK Space Agency based at the University of Glasgow. She is researching the process of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the ancient Martian atmosphere being sequestered into stable mineral carbonate. Such carbonate minerals have been observed by satellite, rovers, landers and in meteorites from Mars that have landed on Earth. She examines these sources and attempts to resolve the mineralogy and reaction pathways involved. But why is it important?
Because we can utilise the same reactions in rock formations on Earth to store atmospheric carbon dioxide as minerals. A method much more stable than other current carbon capture and storage methods.
19:30, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Annual General Meeting
Members only
Followed by a Secretarial Address by Horst Meyerdierks.
19:30, ASE, Church Centre, AUC
Will Joy
Finding space rocks!
Will gained his BEng Honours degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1990, whence his career in the Oil and Gas Drilling industry took him worldwide. Will's interest in meteorites and finding them began in 1999 after joining the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh and the British Astronomical Association (BAA). He has since made numerous solo trips searching for meteorites in the Middle East and other world-wide locations when work, time and finances permitted him to do so.
There will be a brief introduction to meteorites, specialising in their characteristics which make them recognisable when hunting for them and also a discussion of typical ‘meteo-wrong’ finds. Meteorite hunting will then be discussed in detail with exploits, photos and video footage of finding meteorites. There will also be a display of some of Will’s meteorite collection with special reference and discussion made to rare oriented shaped specimens.


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