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Moray's Astronomy Club, SIGMA

Forthcoming Meetings

6th October 2017
Transiting Extra-Solar Planets: From Hot Jupiters to Super-Earths
Prof. Andrew Cameron, University of St Andrews
Extrasolar planets that transit their host stars are highly prized, because we can measure their radii as well as their masses.

Prof. Cameron will describe some of the problems faced in extracting planetary parameters from the various types of astronomical observation needed to deduce planetary bulk densities, which offer clues as to whether planets are mainly rocky, icy or gaseous.

A bewildering variety of planetary compositions is beginning to emerge, many of which are not represented in our own solar system. In particular, analyses of the planet population found by the Kepler/K2 space mission suggest that we may soon have an idea of the prevalence of Earth-sized planets around other stars.

3rd November 2017
Astrophotography and Nightscapes
Maciej Winiarczyk - wildnorthskies.com
Renowned astrophotographer Maciej will be explaining how he captures his stunning images of the Northern lights (Aurora) and wonderful nightscapes from his dark sky advantage point of Wick.

The full programme for 2017 can be found here or as a pdf.

We meed first Friday of the month (unless otherwise specified) at Birnie Village Hall. Doors at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Not a Member? Why not come along as the first meeting's free so you can 'try before you buy'.

Club members can also attend the meetings of the Highlands Astronomical Society (HAS).  Details of forthcoming meetings of both can be found in the Whats On section of this website, or download a copy of our 2017 Leaflet (pdf).

You can also follow SIGMA on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with our latest news.

Image(s) of the Moment:

Perseids Meteor Shower
by club member Mick O'Donnell

Taken at West Beach, Lossiemouth at 01:55 Hrs BST on 13 August 2017, using my Canon EOS 70D with Canon EF-S 10-18mm lens at 10mm, f/4.5, 30 secs exposure, ISO 1600.

Partial Solar Eclipse from Burghead, 21 August 2017

by club member Alan Tough

Alan caught the PSE from Burghead. This photo was taken at 19:48 BST with a Canon EOS 60D and Sigma EX DG 150-500 mm lens (sans solar filter).  [Look at the bottom of the sun]

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More images from club members can be seen on our Flickr pages.