One or two of our members have been in touch to ask if I could post a few more details about what is planned in the forthcoming season.
Tuesday October 10th 7pm. Dr Alec MacKinnon (Glasgow University) comes to us to tell us more about Gamma Ray Astronomy and gives examples how this is used to give us more detailed knowledge of the sun and moon. N.B. We meet for this evening at Dumfries Museum instead of the Georgetown Community Centre. (The Dumfries Museum has an exhibition on space and invited us to hold our meeting there.)
Tuesday 14 November 7pm Georgetown Community Centre. Dr Hugh Hudson (Glasgow University) will take as his subject the Solar Eclipse in the USA. The title of his talk is “The Eclipse Megamovie”, and he will tell us how science has used observations of the eclipse recorded by large numbers of the American public using various technologies.
December- We are planning a night when skies are dark to hold a viewing night. This may be on the second Tuesday of the month if the weather permits but at the time of posting the date has still to be confirmed. The plan is to meet in the grounds of the home of one of our members who enjoys dark skies at Carsethorn, and now has a small observatory there!
Tuesday 9th January 7pm Georgetown Community Centre. Internal speaker, “How big is the cosmos?” Reflections based on a BBC Horizon Programme.
Tuesday 13th February 7pm Georgetown Community Centre. Professor Martin Hendry (Glasgow University) will share his thoughts now that earth based gravitational instruments have been shown to detect huge cosmic events creating ripples in time and space, on where does the science go from here?
Tuesday 13th March 7pm Georgetown Community Centre. Club night when members are invited to share their ideas of where the Club is now and where it should be going. Are there new things we should be trying? We will invite a member of another Astronomy Club also to say what they are doing in theirs.
Thursday 12th April date to be confirmed. 7pm Dumfries Museum. Celebration of Yuri’s Night. Dr John Davies (Edinburgh University) shares with us some of the dangers of space travel in an intriguing talk, “Runaway rockets and other space disasters.”
Tuesday 8th May 7pm venue to be decided. Annual Meeting of the Club.