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History of SIGMA

SIGMA, (Special Interest Group Moray Astronomers), was set up in the summer of 2000 and the the inaugural meeting took place on Friday 2nd June 2000 in the IT Centre at Gordonstoun School, Moray. A Lottery Grant in 2005  enabled us to start offering talks and observing sessions to outside organisations.  If you would like SIGMA to visit your school/organisation, or would like us to come along to an event, please contact the Events Coordinator.

In October 2008 SIGMA hosted its own event with the SIGMA Astronomy Weekend and received funding for four similar events held during 2009 to mark the International Year of Astronomy. Since then SIGMA has held other public events including annual events in Lhanbryde in January to accompany the BBC's Stargazing Live series.

Over the years SIGMA has also been heavily involved in local events, including helping host the Going Nova Science Festival in Forres, The Moray Winter Festival in Elgin and has been represented at various Dark Sky Scotland events and the Orkney Science Festival.

SIGMA is a regular at Moray Science Festival.

This is the first official photograph of SIGMA and shows Sye Murray, Richard Pearce, Tim Schroder and Mike Reuss-Newlands, the founders of SIGMA. Tim and fellow founding member Bill are now the Club Presidents.