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Moray's Astronomy Club, SIGMA

Next Meetings:

Friday 3rd April 2015  - "Building the International Space Station" by Chris Stradling - SIGMA.

Long-standing SIGMA member Chris Stradling will be looking at the history of manned space stations and the international collaboration behind one of the most complex engineering projects in history.

Friday 1st May 2015 - "Moons of the Solar System" by Lyn Smith – BAA/ Clydesdale Astronomical Society.

Lyn will be giving us a comprehensive trip through themoons of the solar system. This talk was inspired by the magnificent images sent back from the Cassini-Huygens mission and promises to show off incredible images we have of these far-off worlds on our doorstep.

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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