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Moray's Astronomy Club, SIGMA

Next Meetings:

Friday 6th February 2015 - "James Clerk Maxwell" by Howie Firth MBE - Director of the Orkney Science Festival

Howie will be discussing the life and work of the Scottish mathematical physicist, James Clerk Maxwell, who formulated the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation.

(Einstein once said that James Clerk Maxwell was the greatest scientist of all time, and Howie is one of the best talkers in the world. Don't miss it!)

Friday 6th March 2015 -"Going Over Galaxies with a Fine Tooth Comb" by Megan Argo - University of Manchester.

Radio astronomy has been transformed over the last fifty years from large single dishes to arrays of telescopes working together to create images with amazing resolution. Megan will illustrate these fascinating new techniques and show how we are using them to study galaxies at spectacularly high resolution.

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:

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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