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Moray's Astronomy Club, SIGMA

Next Meetings:

  • Friday 4th September 2015 - 'Lucky 13 – The Story of Apollo 13' by David Paterson of the Dundee Astronomical Society.

    David will be covering the story of the 1970 Apollo 13 mission, how the accident happened, and how a series of "lucky breaks" and incredible teamwork got the astronauts home safely.

  • Friday 2nd October 2015 – 'The James Webb Space Telescope' by Gillian Wright of the UK Science & Technology Facilities Council.

    The James Webb Space Telescope is NASA’s next great orbiting observatory and the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. Gillian will be talking about its conception, development and the issues NASA has had prior to its proposed launch in Oct 2018.

All club members can also attend the meetings by the Highlands Astronomical Society (HAS).

Future meetings:

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

Not sure where we meet? Follow this link to Birnie Village Hall where we meet, with doors at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.


Image(s) of the Moment:

TOTALITY AT 28,000 FEET - Alan Tough

Alan took an eclipse flight from Glasgow on the 20th March and succeeded in capturing an image of totality at 28,000 feet (from somewhere over the Faroes).

2015 Solar eclipse

(A larger version of this can be seen here).


Comet C/2014 Q2 (LOVEJOY) - Alan Tough

Taken on the 20th December from the Siding Spring Observatory.
Alan's description:

Another image from Oz of this marvellous comet. As well as a single, well-defined ion tail now, there are a number of shorter, more-delicate streamers.

Comet 2013 (Siding Spring)

(A larger version of this can be seen here).


Reflection rainbow - Stan Barber

Taken during a Royal visit to Morayvia on Thursday 20th November.


Reflection rainbow Reflection rainbow

If you were at the meeting in September, you will have heard "Haloes and Other Wonders of the Daytime Sky" by Brian Kelly.

Brian has asked Stan for his permission to include his photos in future talks, and has also supplied us with an explanation, particularly the faint rainbow at a different angle from the first, at


More images from club members can be seen at the gallery.


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