Welcome to the 2017-2018 Season!

Hope all our members and all who have supported our events in the past have had a good summer.  At least one of our members went to the USA for the total solar eclipse so we look forward to hearing about his experience.

We begin our programme this year on Tuesday 10th October 7pm at the Dumfries Museum (they have an exhibition on space then).  PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO SEPTEMBER MEETING THIS YEAR.  At our first meeting Dr Alec MacKinnon, Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics at Glasgow University will speak to us about Gamma Ray Astronomy and explain how this helps our knowledge of both the Sun and the Moon.  Please invite friends/guests to come as we are looking to gain new members!

For the rest of the year we have a good programme due which includes other specialist speakers and planned observing nights.  More details at our first meeting on 10th October…….

Steven (Secretary)


AGM 2017

Broome’s Astronomy Experience https://www.visitbroome.com.au/to-do/tours/broome/astro-tours

On Tuesday, we have our AGM, at The Jolly Harvester, Calside, at 7pm. Please come along and help us set out our agenda for the new season starting in the autumn. We could do with a couple more committee members, so have a think about possible nominations for posts. If anyone would like to be President, have a word with Mark. He has carefully developed the role to be almost entirely free of duties and would be happy to pass it on to a keen new face.

We take our summer break after the AGM. Look out for our new programme of meetings on this web site soon.

Yuri Gagarin

Yuri’s Night 2017

Next week’s meeting will be our annual Yuri’s Night party in partnership with Dumfries Museum which will host the event. It runs from 6.30pm to 8.00pm and there will be cake (gluten free).

Our speaker for the evening will be Hayden Goodfellow who will tell us about Steven Hawking and the Philanthropist’s Probes. We have a special guest too, in the shape of space poet Dom Conlon who provides this verse:

Puddle Wonderful
Two boys saw the night sky in a puddle.
Look, one said, there’s the moon
and there are stars.
See how bright they are,
how they travel through
our universe on the back of a splash.
Imagine, said the other,
what we might see
if we just looked up.
from Astro Poetica by Dom