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Previous AAS Programme -  2016/2017 Session

Date

Event

Location

2016-Sep-13
(Tue)
Meeting/Talk on "Weak gravitational lensing in the dark Universe"
by Alexandra Amon, University of Edinburgh.
RGC, Aberdeen, 7 pm
(Directions to RGC)

Light always travels in straight lines. But mass distorts the fabric of space itself, allowing light to appear to bend around massive objects. This talk will look at how tiny deviations of light over cosmic scales can be used to probe otherwise invisible mass in the dark universe.

2016-Sep-27
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2016-Oct-04
(Tue)
Dark Sky site visit 
(Practical Observing) 

Meeting not held due to bad weather (cloud)

Knockburn Loch (Directions TBA)
(Note:  RGC not available in October due to school holidays)

2016-Oct-25
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2016-Nov-08
(Tue)
Meeting/Talk  
"Solar Observing in White Light and H-alpha" by Lyn Smith Director, BAA Solar Section.
RGC, Aberdeen, 7 pm
(Directions to RGC)
2016-Nov-22
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2016-Dec-13
(Tue)
Meeting - Christmas Quiz & Food  RGC, Aberdeen, 7 pm
(Directions to RGC)
2017-Jan-10
(Tue)
Meeting/Talk  
"The Secret Lives of Galaxies" by Dr. Anne-Marie Weijmans, Lecturer / Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews 
RGC, Aberdeen, 7 pm
(Directions to RGC)

Discusses what galaxies are, what different types of galaxies there are, how galaxies get shaped through their environment, and modern research including the MaNGA survey

2017-Jan-24
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2017-Feb-07
(Tue)
Meeting/Talk  
"Sounding out the Sun and Stars" by Prof. Lyndsay Fletcher from Glasgow University
RGC, Aberdeen, 7 pm
(Directions to RGC)

A talk that looks what is known about the inside of the sun and stars
2017-Feb-28
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2017-Mar-14
(Tue)
Meeting/Talk  
"Developing tools for Planetary Sample Retrieval" by Dr Patrick Harkness, Senior Lecturer in Systems Power and Energy at Glasgow University 
RGC, Aberdeen, 7 pm
(Directions to RGC)

Patrick's main areas of interest and expertise include the use of gravity to aid space travel, different types of space vehicles and the equipment used to collect samples during missions with landers. 

2017-Mar-28
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2017-Apr-18
(Tue)
Meeting/Talk  
"Finding, and characterising, planets around other stars"
by Ken Rice, Professor of Computational Astrophysics, Institute for Astronomy, The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.
RGC, Aberdeen, 7 pm
(Directions to RGC)

Ken's main research interest is in theoretical and computational astrophysics,  focusing primarily on the evolution of accretion discs and how this relates to the formation of stars and planets. (more about Ken Rice)
2017-Apr-25
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2017-May-23
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2017-Jun-27
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2017-Jul-25
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2017-Aug-22
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
    
 

 


Previous AAS Programme -  2015/2016 Session

Date

Event

Location

     
2015-Aug-25
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2015-Sep-10
(Thurs)

Note: Different day of week to normal
Meeting/Talk - "Massive Impacts in the Solar System" by Dr. Paul Roche

Preceded by a public meteorite handling session from 6 pm 

RGC, Aberdeen, 6 pm (meteor handling),  7pm (talk)
(Directions to RGC)

Dr Paul Roche is the Astrophysics Programme Coordinator at Cardiff University, the UK National Schools’ Astronomer and Director of the Faulkes Telescopes Project. He has spent over 25 years researching the most massive stars in the galaxy, and weighing neutron stars and black holes. 

What killed the dinosaurs, and should we be worried about going the same way? Astronomers regularly discover huge lumps of rock/metal (asteroids) and ice (comets) hurtling past the Earth. If any of them were to actually hit us, the consequences would be terrifying - tidal waves hundreds of metres high, massive earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and disruption of the atmosphere, with dramatic consequences for all life on Earth. Geological evidence suggests that such massive impacts have had a significant effect on the evolution of life in the past. This talk examines what we know about the threat of impacts from space, the role they have played in the evolution of our Solar system, and in particular the contributions that amateurs and schools have made using the Faulkes Telescopes Project facilities.

2015-Sep-22
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2015-Oct-13
(Tue)
Meeting / Observing
Dark Sky Site   (NB.  RGC closed on this date)
2015-Oct-27
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2015-Nov-10
(Tue)
Meeting/Talk  - "Stellar Evolution & The HR Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram" by Dr. William Taylor RGC, Aberdeen, 7 pm
(Directions to RGC)

Dr William Taylor is an instrument scientist at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh working on instruments for telescopes both on the ground and in space. William’s area of research is massive stars.

2015-Nov-24
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2015-Dec-08
(Tue)
Christmas Quiz & Food RGC, Aberdeen, 7 pm
  (Directions to RGC)
2016-Jan-12
(Tue)
Meeting / Talk - 
"How Apollo flew to the Moon" by David Woods

David is author of several books about NASA/Apollo mission to the moon, the Lunar Lander & the Gemini spacecraft

RGC, Aberdeen, 7 pm
(Directions to RGC)

Nearly half a century ago, 24 men travelled to the Moon and 12 landed on its surface. David Woods describes the techniques that were employed to get them across the vast distance between Earth and the Moon, land on its dusty terrain and safely return, a journey no one has made for 43 years.
http://www.hafttm.com 

David will bring along copies of the three books that he has authored. There's absolutely no problem if any members already have copies of his books and would like him to sign them.

2016-Jan-22
(Fri)
Stargazing - Free Winter Watch Aberdeen Science Centre (Stratosphere), 6 - 8pm

Aberdeen Science Centre and Aberdeen Astronomical Society have teamed up for a FREE evening under the stars! On Friday the 22nd, come to Aberdeen Science Centre to explore the night sky & unveil the mysteries of the moon!.  Details at http://aberdeensciencecentre.org/events/stargazing-winter-watch/

2016-Jan-26
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2016-Feb-09
(Tue)
Meeting / Talk - "Active Galactic Nuclei:  Feeding the Monster" by Alastair Bruce (Royal Observatory, Edinburgh) RGC, Aberdeen, 7 pm
 (Directions to RGC)
2016-Feb-23
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2016-Mar-08
(Tue)
Meeting/Talk  "Gravitational Waves" - marking the centenary of General Relativity by Professor Martin Hendry (Univ. of Glasgow)  RGC, Aberdeen, 7 pm
(Directions to RGC)
2016-Mar-22
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2016-Apr-21
(Thurs)

Note: Different day of month to normal meeting
Meeting/Visit : Astronomical Text at Aberdeen University Library Aberdeen University Library.

Meet at reception inside Aberdeen University Library (the green glass cube) just before 7pm.

Please note : AAS Members Only

This will be a talk on historic astronomy texts, plus the chance to look at a selection of rare and historic texts held by the university. Aberdeen university hold a significant collection of such rare books and documents, so this should be a great 'end of season' finale. 

2016-Apr-26
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2016-May-24
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2016-Jun-28
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2016-Jul-26
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2016-Aug-23
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
    
 

 

 


Previous AAS Programme -  2014/2015 Session

Date

Event

Location

     
2014-Aug-26
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
(Directions to Bettridge Centre)
2014-Sep-09
(Tue)
Meeting / Talk 
"The Chinese Space Programme" by Robert Law
MacRobert Hall at RGC, Aberdeen, 7 pm
(Directions to RGC)
2014-Sep-23
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2014-Sep-26
(Fri)
"An Evening Under the Stars" World Horse Welfare Centre, Belwade, Aboyne,   6:15pm
1 course or 3 course meal + coffee/tea + star viewing + "Cosmic Dome" planetarium.  More details: http://www.activeaboyne.co.uk/eveningwithstars/
2014-Oct-14
(Tue)
Meeting  
Dark Sky Site  
2014-Oct-28
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2014-Nov-11
(Tue)
Meeting / Interactive Event :  "Find out more about astronomy"  MacRobert Hall at RGC, Aberdeen, 7 pm
(Directions to RGC)

Different areas of the large hall will be set up with different displays including: different types of telescope, software and websites, astro-photography, solar observing, what to see this month / this season, what is a star party?, etc. Groups to move around hall every 15 minutes to hear about each topic.
2014-Nov-25
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
- A night to bring along telescopes that perhaps folk don't know how to use/ set up.
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2014-Dec-09
(Tue)
Christmas Quiz & Food RGC, Aberdeen, 7 pm
  (Directions to RGC)
2015-Jan-13
(Tue)
Meeting / Talk "Aurora - on the Earth and beyond" by Sheri Karl  RGC, Aberdeen, 7 pm
(Directions to RGC)
2015-Jan-27
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(observing afterwards if clear)
(to be confirmed)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2015-Jan-31
(Sat)
Public Event 6 pm to 9:30pm, 31st Jan at Zoology Building, Tillydrone Avenue, University of Aberdeen

Public Event hosted by University of Aberdeen including Historic Telescopes, Real Meteorites, Techfest Planetarium, Astro-navigation Talk, Telescope Stargazing with AAS.  Free Event.  (More Information ) .  
2015-Feb-10
(Tue)
Meeting / AGM & Talk  "Astronomy with an 180º All-Sky Camera" by David Richards RGC, Aberdeen, 7 pm
 (Directions to RGC)
2015-Feb-24
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
(to be confirmed)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2015-Mar-07
(Sat)
Trip to St Andrews University & Observatory St Andrews University, afternoon & evening

The trip will start with a tour/talk on St Andrews University's astronomy facilities (which are very impressive) at 3pm Then we can stay, if people want to, to participate in their open evening.
(contact Neville Brown or Neal Watson for if you wish to attend and for further details on car sharing etc)
2015-Mar-10
(Tue)
Meeting / Talk  
by Tania Johnstone from the Royal Observatory:  "The GAIA Space Observatory"
RGC, Aberdeen, 7 pm
(Directions to RGC)
2015-Mar-20
(Fri)
Pupil / Public Event :

"Celebrating the 2015 Solar Eclipse at RGC"
Robert Gordon's College, SchoolHill, Aberdeen 

On the morning of Friday 20th March 2015 from places such as the Faroe Islands there will be a total solar eclipse when the moon passes in front of the sun's disk. From the UK it will actually appear as a partial solar eclipse. Aberdeen will see around 93% coverage at maximum eclipse,  weather permitting, with first and final contacts forecast at 08:33 and 10:46 respectively.

Robert Gordon's College are hosting a series of pupil and public talks during the eclipse from 8:50 to 10:00 am at Schoolhill.

These will be a mixing of live commentary and observations (from a H-alpha telescope mounted on top of one of the school buildings) with a short physics lecture (about how eclipse observations gave the first experimental evidence for Einstein's theory of General Relativity). Talks will be followed by tea/coffee and Q&A session in the foyer of the Craig Centre for Performing Arts.

Please note there is no car parking available at the School for this event - please use nearby public car parks instead.

More details about event   (directions to RGC

2015-Mar-24
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
( observing afterwards if clear)
(to be confirmed)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2015-Apr-14
(Tue)
Meeting /
Short AGM plus either a solar observing practical session if the weather is friendly or an 'Ask the Experts' session if not.
RGC's Countesswells sports fields (map
2015-Apr-28
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2015-May-26
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2015-Jun-23
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2015-Jul-28
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2015-Aug-25
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 

 


Previous AAS Programme -  2013/2014 Session

Date

Event

Location

2013-Sep-10
(Tue)
Meeting / Talk 
"Comet observing in the digital age" by Denis Buczynski
CTO, 7 pm
2013-Oct-08
(Tue)
Meeting / Talk 
"Vulcanology in the Solar System" by Sheri Karl
CTO, 7 pm
2013-Oct-10
(Thu)
Public event Satrosphere Science Centre, Aberdeen Beach. 
6:30 - 7:30pm

As part of World Space Week 4, Satrosphere has Dr Alan Penny from St Andrews University giving a presentation aimed at adult audiences on SETI

AAS members will be on hand with information and telescopes set up for some street based astronomy if the weather is clear. There will also be some space related art on display as part of a project for World Space week.

2013-Oct-12
(Sat)
Moonwatch: Public Observing event and Lecture  Satrosphere Science Centre, Aberdeen Beach.
2013-Oct-22
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2013-Nov-12
(Tue)
Beginners / Refresher evening 
& AGM
CTO, 7 pm

Short presentations from different club members on each of the following:
- Finding your way around the sky - easy to find constellations throughout the year,
- What to look for this month,
- Beginner's equipment,
- Websites, apps and software to help you get started.

Neville is going to do an additional slot to feedback on the survey of new members from last year and, of course there is the AGM.
2013-Nov-26
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2013-Dec-10
(Tue)
Christmas Quiz & Food CTO, 7 pm
2014-Jan-14
(Tue)
Meeting  "Ask the Experts" , Astronomy & Space Question Time CTO, 7 pm

A distinguished panel from within the AAS ranks will be at your disposal. No question is too difficult or too left-field. Do you want to know what dark matter is? Who was James Webb and why did he have a Space Telescope named after him? What is a multiverse? How far away is our nearest galaxy? How long would it take to get there? Remember, the only rule is that there is no such thing as a silly question. Think "Gardener's question time" but in space.
2014-Jan-28
(Tue)
Public Stargazing Event Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2014-Feb-08
(Sat)
Public Stargazing Event (1)
"Winter Stars and Galaxies" at 
Loch Of Strathbeg

(Booking essential)
RSPB Centre, Loch of Strathbeg, 7pm

Stargazing Live returns to BBC Two for 3 nights from 7th January 2014 and the BBC are encouraging astronomy clubs across the country to get involved by organising an event locally. 

Aberdeen Astronomical Society and the RSPB are teaming up to offer an exciting evening of star gazing on Saturday 8th February 2014 at the Loch of Strathbeg Reserve, Crimond, Nr Fraserburgh, AB43 8QY (www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/l/lochofstrathbeg )

The event, entitled "Winter Stars and Galaxies", is for all the family and is being hosted at the Starnafin Visitor Centre. The fun starts at 7pm. Wrap up warm and come along for a chance to see some amazing sights in our night sky. Refreshments will also be available. 

This event is free, but booking is essential due limited parking.  Email: strathbeg@rspb.org.uk Telephone: Kath Hamper, 01346 532017. Places limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

2014-Feb-11
(Tue)
Meeting / Talk
"Observing the Moon" by Neal Weston, AAS Member
CTO, 7 pm

"If life gives you cheese, make fondue". In Neal's presentation he's promised to give us his take on why the moon should not be seen as a nuisance, which obscures the visibility of other things in the night sky, but instead, treasured as a wonder in its own right with hours of observing and fun to be had if you know where to start.

2014-Feb-22
(Sat)
Public Stargazing Event (2)
"Winter Stars and Galaxies" at 
St Cyrus
St Cyrus National Nature Reserve, 7pm

Being run in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage this evening is entitled “Winter Stars and Galaxies” and there are high hopes for really dark and clear skies well away from the light pollution of nearby towns and villages. The telescopes will be trained on some really exciting stellar objects and there will be some indoor activities too. The fun starts at 7pm. This event is recommended for families and there is no need to book in advance.

2014-Feb-25
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2014-Mar-08
(Sat)
Public Stargazing Event RGC's Countesswells sports fields, 7pm for public until 9pm

Entrance is off Countesswells Road and there is a driveway to parking for up to 100 cars.  (map
(6pm to 10pm for AAS Helpers for setup & packaway)
2014-Mar-11
(Tue)
Meeting / Talk
"How to make the most of professional telescopes" by Tim Browett, AAS member and Teacher of Physics & Astronomy
RGC (Robert Gordon's College (RGC),  7 pm

Tim Burnett has offered to lead a practical session on booking and accessing images from large professional ground based telescopes around the globe and what to do with the data you collect. Please note the change of venue for this month's AAS meeting as we will be making use of the facilities at Robert Gordon's College.

RGC lies on Schoolhill, next to Aberdeen Art Gallery. 
Go through front gate of the College and follow the signs.
(map)
2014-Mar-25
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2014-Apr-08
(Tue)
Meeting / Talk
"Aberdeen's most famous Astronomer : Sir David Gill 1843 - 1914" by Dr John S. Reid, AAS member and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Physics, University of Aberdeen
CTO, 7 pm

Following on from a recent exhibition and a series of presentations at the Maritime museum to mark 100 years since Gill's death, this presentation explores the story of this local loon, a student at Marischal College who went from clockmaker to pioneering 19th century observational astronomer. His work, which began at Dunecht made him one of the best loved scientists of his generation
2014-Apr-22
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2014-May-27
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2014-Jun-24
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2014-Jul-22
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 
2014-Aug-26
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 

 


Previous AAS Programme -  2012/2013 Session

Date

Event

Location

     
2012-Sep-8 
& Sep-9
Cosmic Dome at TechFest/British Science Festival  
2012-Sep-11 Meeting 
AGM with election of a new President,   followed by "Telescope Fettling Session"
CTO, 7 pm
2012-Sep-25 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2012-Oct-09 Meeting / Talk CTO, 7 pm
2012-Oct-23 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2012-Nov-13 Meeting / Talk "Experimental Cosmology" by Dr Charles Wang CTO, 7 pm

Cosmology stretches our study of the Universe including how it might have begun and where it would be heading. This talk will look at how fundamental physics meets the vastness of the cosmos head on, and explores how astrophysical theories are being tested in the lab around the world and in particular at CERN.
2012-Nov-27 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2012-Dec-11 Meeting / Talk by AAS member David Richards, "An Observing Session at Clair Observatory" followed by Quiz and snacks. CTO, 7 pm

A life-like demonstration of a typical observing session at my home roll-off roof observatory. An observing opportunity that's guaranteed not to be clouded out !
2013-Jan-08
(Tue)
Meeting / Talk  CTO, 7 pm
2013-Jan-17
(Thur)
Stargazing Live Event 1
(Aberdeen)
Satrosphere Science Centre in Aberdeen, 6 to 9pm

Being run in conjunction with the Explore Your Universe project at Satrosphere Science Centre in Aberdeen. It’s a “Street Stargazing” event with telescopes set up outside. Experts from AAS will be on hand to let everyone see some of the amazing winter stars, planets and galaxies on show. Inside, families can attend inspiring space-themed talks by experts in the field and take part in exciting hands-on experiments with the Satrosphere Education Team. The fun starts at 6pm. This event is recommended for families and there is no need to book in advance.  http://www.satrosphere.net/Visitors/Whats-On_324.html 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activity/street-stargazing-event
2013-Jan-22
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2013-Feb-02
(Sat)
Public Stargazing Live Event 2
(St Cyrus)
St Cyrus National Nature Reserve, 7pm

Being run in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage this evening is entitled “Winter Stars and Galaxies” and there are high hopes for really dark and clear skies well away from the light pollution of nearby towns and villages. The telescopes will be trained on some really exciting stellar objects and there will be some indoor activities too. The fun starts at 7pm. This event is recommended for families and there is no need to book in advance.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activity/winter-stars-and-galaxies-02

2013-Feb-12
(Tue)
Meeting / Talk  CTO, 7 pm
2013-Feb-14
(Thur)
Public Stargazing Live Event 3
(Aberdeen)
Satrosphere Science Centre in Aberdeen, 7pm

Back at the Satrosphere Science Centre this event is entitled "Love under the Stars". Aimed at couples, this event starts at 7pm and combines the romance of Valentine’s Day with the wonders of the night sky. Experts from AAS will be on hand to help visitors explore they sky with telescopes and scientists from the University of Aberdeen will be running hands-on workshops on the science of love. This event is recommended for couples and there is no need to book in advance. http://www.satrosphere.net/Visitors/Whats-On_324.html 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activity/love-under-the-stars
2013-Feb-16
(Sat)
Public Stargazing Live Event 4
(Loch of Strathbeg)
Starnafin Visitors Centre at the Loch of Strathbeg Reserve near Fraserburgh , 7pm

Being run in partnership with the RSPB at the Starnafin Visitors Centre at the Loch of Strathbeg Reserve. This evening is entitled "Winter Stars and Galaxies" and again there are high hopes for really dark and clear skies well away from the light pollution of nearby towns and villages. The telescopes will be trained on some really exciting stellar objects. Inside the Cosmic Dome will be on site to give families the chance to have a mini-planetarium experience. The fun starts at 7pm. Booking is essential for this event due to limited car parking (Telephone 01346 532 017).
http://www.rspb.org.uk/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-336346 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activity/winter-stars-and-galaxies-03
2013-Feb-26
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2013-Mar-12
(Tue)
Meeting / Talk 
"James Nasmyth, astronomer, inventor & engineer" by Dave Gavine
CTO, 7 pm
2013-Mar-26
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2013-Apr-09
(Tue)
Meeting / Talk 
"Cosmic Explorer"
by Prof Andy Lawrence
CTO, 7 pm

Cosmic Explorer - The history of mapping the sky, and how our resulting conception of the universe has altered. We then examine recent redshift surveys that have made 3D maps of the Universe, and new attempts to map the dark matter in the Universe using gravitational lensing.
2013-Apr-09 Meeting / Talk  CTO, 7 pm
2013-Apr-23
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2013-May-28
(Tue)
Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 

 


Previous AAS Programme - 2011/2012 Session

Date

Event

Location

2011-Jul-26 NO MEETING 
No meeting at Bettridge Centre this month.
2011-Sep-13 Meeting 
AGM & "Telescope Fettling"
CTO, 7 pm
2011-Sep-23 "Evening Under the Stars" Finzean Farm Shop,  6:15pm

Booking: http://www.activeaboyne.co.uk/eveningwithstars/

On Friday, 23rd September, come to the Finzean Farm Shop for an evening with a difference! Gather at 6.15pm for a light, tasty two course meal - from the famed Finzean Farm Shop, followed by a night under the stars  (Cosmic Dome, Talk and Telescopes)
2011-Sep-27 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2011-Oct-11 Meeting / Talk by Dr Helen Fraser, University of Strathclyde  

"Condensation, deuteration, star formation! (or how to piece together the chemical and physical influences thereof !)
CTO, 7 pm

The detailed chemical processes occurring in star-forming regions in our own galaxy and extra-galactic sources are key to the generation of molecules in these regions, which in turn are our windows (through observational spectroscopy) on the key factors influencing star-formation, such as turbulent mixing, gravitational collapse, chemical evolution and magnetic support, which all occur over similar length and time-scales. Since the largest molecular reservoir in such regions is actually the condensed matter on interstellar dust grains (know as 'ice'), my research focuses on the chemical and physical attributes of ices in star forming regions. 

In this talk Dr Fraser will show a range of recent results on interstellar ice studies in the laboratory - covering deuteration of H2O in space (via surface reactions of D+ H2O / D+CH3OH and CD3Od +H2O), the formation of CO2 'ice' via surface reactions with OH radicals, all linked to recent observational data on ice mapping, showing that the distribution of ices in interstellar space is perhaps more closely related to the physical motion rather than the chemical soup of a particular star-forming clump.
2011-Oct-25 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2011-Nov-8 Meeting / Talk  
"How to find stuff in the sky" 
CTO, 7 pm
2011-Nov-22 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2011-Dec-13 Meeting / Talk by David Richards
"How far away is the stuff in the sky -  Part 1"
 (Earth, Sun and Stars)

followed by some Christmas fun with quiz & mince pies

CTO, 7 pm

A Climb up the Cosmic Distance Ladder with examples from a backyard telescope
2011-Dec-27 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2012-Jan-10 Meeting / Talk by David Richards
"How far away is the stuff in the sky - Part 2" 
(Local Group and Distant Galaxies)
CTO, 7 pm

Continued Climb up the Cosmic Distance Ladder with further examples from a backyard telescope

2012-Jan-16 Talk to Mearns Camera Club (MCC)
"Introduction to Astrophotography" by Torcuill Torrence

www.mearnscameraclub.co.uk
Stonehaven, Community Centre, 7:30-8:30pm 

(later in February Torcuill will go along to judge astro-photography images made by MCC members. Prize will be membership of AAS - sponsored by MCC)
2012-Jan-17
(Tues)
Public Event
"Street Star Gazing" 
at Alford Academy

Alford Academy, Alford, 6:30-9.00pm

Inspired BBC Two’s Star Gazing Live,  Aberdeen Astronomical Society has teamed up with Alford Academy to offer an evening of star gazing.   

Come along and see some amazing winter galaxies and stars. Wrap up warm and come and join the fun. The Cosmic Dome will also be indoors for a mini-planetarium experience. This event is free but donations are welcome.

For more information on the event follow this BBC link
http://www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activity/street-stargaze/occurrence/56229

2012-Jan-24
(Tues)
Public Event
"Street Star Gazing" 
at Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-9pm 

Inspired BBC Two’s Star Gazing Live,  Aberdeen Astronomical Society members will accompany you on a journey amongst the stars.

Come along and see some amazing winter galaxies, stars and the moons of Jupiter. Wrap up warm and join us for an evening of fun. Refreshments will also be available. This event is free.

For more information on the event follow this BBC link
http://www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activity/street-stargazing/occurrence/54983

2012-Jan-28
(Sat)
Public Event
"Winter Stars & Galaxies" at Loch of Strathbeg

Stargazing Live returns to BBC Two for 3 nights from 16th January 2012 and the BBC are encouraging astronomy clubs across the country to get involved by organising an event locally in January. 

Aberdeen Astronomical Society and the RSPB are teaming up to offer an exciting evening of star gazing on Saturday 28th January 2012 at the Loch of Strathbeg Reserve, Crimond, Nr Fraserburgh (map).   

The event, entitled "Winter Stars and Galaxies", is for all the family and is being hosted at the Starnafin Visitor Centre. The fun starts at 6.30pm. Wrap up warm and come along for a chance to see some amazing sights in our night sky.  Refreshments will also be available. This event is free.

For more information on the event follow this BBC link
http://www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activity/winter-stars-and-galaxies  

or this RSPB link
http://www.rspb.org.uk/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-300601

2012-Feb-15
(Wed)
Meeting / Talk by Dr Martin Hendry   "Captain Cook and the Cosmic Yardstick" CTO, 7 pm.  Note:  Wednesday Meeting
2012-Feb-28 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2012-Mar-13 Meeting / Short Talk by Torcuill Torrance on "Astronomical Events in 2012" followed by Q&A / help on telescopes and other astronomical equipment CTO, 7 pm
2012-Mar-27 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2012-Apr-10 Meeting / Talk by Sheri Karl 
"Solar Observing"
CTO, 7 pm
2012-Apr-20
(Friday)
"DSLR Astro-photography with Phil Hart"

 

Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7 pm , Ticket £13 (*USD 19.95)

Phil Hart will guide you to take awe inspiring photographs of the Universe through your DSLR.  

Course Notes (eBook) are included in the £13 (* USD 19.95) ticket . Instructions for obtaining a ticket are as follows :

1) Click on following link to go to Phil Hart's Shooting Stars webpage
2) At bottom of Phil's Shooting Star webpage click on "Buy and Download It Now" button to purchase his 129 page eBook plus printable field guide.
3) On the shopping cart page (e-junkie.com/ecom  - Phil Hart under the stars)
enter the Code SSAAS and press 'update cart' button to receive a $5 discount of the standard price
Then go to Checkout to pay using PayPal or Credit Card.
4)  After purchase download the eBook
5) Keep hold of your order number and show it on 20th April as your ticket to the evening's course
2012-Apr-20/21/22 Weekend Star Party AAS members can practice their new Astrophotography skills with the expert, Phil Hart,  at  an AAS Member-only  weekend star party Fri/Sat/Sun (weather permitting)   Apr 20/21/22
Look out for details about the star party in an email from AAS President,  or contact Torcuill Torrance direct.
2012-Apr-24 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2012-May-22 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2012-Jun-05 Special Evening Talk 
"Venus Transit. The last in our lifetime" by Dr John S Reid (Dept of Physics, Aberdeen University)
Aberdeen Maritime Museum, 6:30-7:30 pm  
ADMISSION FREE, but  booking is essential 
for this talk, please call 01224 337714.

Venus orbits between us and the Sun but the sight of the planet crossing directly in front of the Sun is something we can see only once more in our lifetimes, in the early morning of June 6th. This ‘Transit of Venus’ has in the past been a key sight that allowed our forebears in the 18th and 19th centuries to measure the size of the solar system. Aberdonian David Gill was a leading astronomer in this field in the 19th century. Now, transits of planets in front of their parent stars are the most fertile way of discovering extra-solar planets. Dr Reid will discuss why the Transit of Venus has been so important in the past, why the transits are rare phenomena, what is in store for us on the morning of 6th June and the best way to see the sight, weather permitting. He will conclude with some comments on extra-solar planets.

Event put on by Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, 
Aberdeen City Council

2012-Jun-26 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2012-Jul-24 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2012-Aug-28 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 

 


Previous AAS Programme - 2010/2011 Session

Date

Event

Location

2010-Aug-12 Perseid Meteor Shower
(According to the IMO, the traditional peak will be from 7 pm to 8 am (BST). And there's a new moon on the 10th, so this could be one of the best years of late).
Dark Sky Site. Contact Darren Moody 
2010-Aug-24 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2010-Sep-10 Trip by AAS Members to see Charlie Duke, Apollo 16 astronaut  speak in Glasgow on September 10th 2010.  

Hear a lecture from and meet one of only 12 men to have stepped on the surface of the moon,  £30/ticket
Caledonian University,  Glasgow. 

Please contact Torcuill Torrance (AAS) in the first instance to organise a joint booking arrangement (£30/ticket)

More details about Charlie Duke's  "Walk with Destiny" tour
 www.walkwithdestiny.com

additional opportunity   on 9th September 2010 – Gala Dinner & Drinks Reception with Charlie Duke in Glasgow Marriott Hotel - £50/ticket

2010-Sep-14 Meeting
AGM, followed by Telescope Fettling
CTO, 7 pm

'Remember Membership Fees Are Due'

2010-Sep-28 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2010-Oct-12 Meeting/Talk CTO, 7 pm
2010-Oct-26 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2010-Nov-09 Meeting/Talk :
On the Formation of Galaxies by Sheri Karl
CTO, 7 pm
2010-Nov-23 Public Event :
"The Stars at Night"
Front Lawn of Crathes Castle, 7pm-8.30pm , Free Entry

With the backdrop of one of Scotlands most splendid castles and gardens this event offers you the perfect opportunity to view the stars at night and learn more about the Universe. Will the International Space Station and the aurora display be visible ? These are all questions that the Aberdeen Astronomical Society (www.aberdeenastro.org.uk) can assist you with plus there will be a superb range of telescopes available for you to use.

This event is ideal for all age groups. Please dress warmly.

The Stars at Night is a free event courtesy of the Enchanted Festival sponsors.

(part of a series of Enchanted Festival events in Royal Deeside during November-December) 

2010-Dec-14
Corrected Date 
Meeting/Talk "Star Glitter  - Observing Highlights from 2010" by David Richards, followed by Xmas Quiz. CTO, 7 pm
2011    
2011-Jan-11 Meeting/Talk
"Meteorites and Panspermia" 
by Prof John Parnell

 

CTO, 7 pm
2011-Jan-25 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2011-Feb-08 Meeting/Talk
"Gravitational Wave Astronomy: Opening a New Window on the Universe"
by Dr Martin Hendry
CTO, 7 pm
2011-Feb-22 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2011-Mar-08 Meeting/Talk "Astrophotography - How to get started with a basic DSLR"  by Torcuill Torrance (President) CTO, 7 pm 

Torcuill Torrance will show how to take fantastic photographs of the night sky, starting with a DSLR camera, and culminating with a full imaging rig demo. This will hopefully inspire you to try it for yourself.
2011-Mar-22 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2011-Apr-12 Meeting/ AGM + Talk "Astro-Archaeology - exploring ancient alignments in the stones" by Duncan Lunan CTO, 7 pm

www.astronomersofthefuture.net 
“Astronomers of the Future” is a new organisation, set up by husband and wife team, Linda and Duncan Lunan, for beginners who are keen to find out more about astronomy and space.

2011-Apr-23 External Event :

Daytime event in Edinburgh :

"Cosmic Threats to Earth"
A free day of talks from star studded speakers and a unique premier appearance of a binary of Astronomers Royal : 
Lord Rees and Prof John Brown [Scotland] 

Edinburgh Student Debating Hall, Bristo Square 
10.00 to 17:30 ,  23 Apr 2011

2011-Apr-26 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2011-May-24 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2011-Jun-28 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 

 


Previous AAS Programme - 2009/10 Session

Date

Event

Location

2009-Sep-08 Meeting, "Telescope Fettling" CTO, 7 pm
2009-Sep-22 Informal Observing Meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 8-10pm 
2009-Sep-18(19) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
2009-Oct-13 Meeting/Talk, 
"Our Universe - through the eyes of astronomers" by Prof. Ian Robson
CTO, 7 pm

2009 is the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009), celebrating four hundred years since Galileo Galilei looked through a rudimentary telescope and saw wonders that changed Man's understanding of the Cosmos. Since then we have learned much more about the Universe in which we live, brought about through observations provided by astronomical instrumentation, in turn driven by technology. This talk will give an overview of our understanding of the Universe in which we live, the major observational advances since the time of Galileo and how they have gone hand-in-hand with technological innovation. I will conclude with examples of how the International Year of Astronomy is celebrating the excitement of astronomy today.

2009-Oct-16(17) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
2009-Oct-27 Observing Meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 8-10pm 
2009-Oct-29 Public Event - 
an AAS International Year of Astronomy Event 
"Autumn Moonwatch"

Stratosphere, Aberdeen, 7-9pm 

Collaboration with University of Aberdeen
2009-Nov-10 Meeting/Talk, "China Eclipse".  Talks by Dave Croston and Karen Yuill CTO, 7 pm

 

2009-Nov-13(14) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
2009-Nov-24 Observing Meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 8-10pm 
2009-Nov-28 "Moonwatch 2009 at  Archaeolink" Archaeolink Prehistory Park, Oyne, near Insch 
5:30-8:00 pm  ( directions )

 

2009-Dec-08 Meeting/Talk, "A Christmas Hamper of Stars" by David Richards (AAS), followed by mince pies etc and some xmas fun CTO, 7 pm

 

2009-Dec-13 Geminids Meteor Shower observing Details  TBA
2009-Dec-18(19) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
2010-Jan-12 Meeting/Talk,  "Galileo's Legacy" by Dr Martin Hendry, Glasgow University CTO, 7 pm

International Year of Astronomy 2009 celebrated 400 years since the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei first turned his telescope on the heavens and began the scientific revolution that has revealed our true place in the cosmos. In this lecture, as a brief "retrospective" on 2009, Martin will explore Galileo's remarkable discoveries - about our Solar System and the Milky Way galaxy - explaining how they transformed our understanding of the Universe. He will also highlight some of Galileo's wider contributions to science and how they have helped to shape the milestones of 400 years of scientific history.
2010-Jan-15(16) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
2010-Jan-26 Informal Meeting
(& observing if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 8-9pm 
2010-Feb-12(13) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
2010-Feb-14

"Love Under the Stars"

Programme highlights
"Love is in the Air" (Dr Alex Johnstone, Rowett Institute for Nutrition and Health)

"The Many Variables in Romance" (Dr Marco Thiel, Mathematician and Systems Biologist)

New Moon & Dark Sky Talk (Torquil Torrance, AAS)
 
Cosmic Dome

More details

14 February 2010, 18:00 - 21:00 
Venue:  Satrosphere Science Centre 

Host: University of Aberdeen, Satrosphere and TechFest-SetPoint

Celebrating the New Moon this Valentine's Evening with a diverse mix of Astronomy and The Science of Love - featuring top University of Aberdeen Academics, the Cosmic Dome Planetarium, Aberdeen Astronomical Society and Satrosphere Science Team. 

This Valentine's Day, we're celebrating International Year of Astronomy and the New Moon with an opportunity to view Mars and Orion against a dark sky. Telescopes will be out in force, as will top researchers from the University of Aberdeen. On arrival, you will be greeted with a glass of pink champagne - so come along for an evening of science with a romantic twist."

Admission is Free and there is no need to book 
- just come along on the evening

2010-Feb-16 Talk "Black Holes, Interstellar Travel & the Origin of Universes"  by John Brown

Astronomer Royal for Scotland and Professor of Astronomy at the University of Glasgow 

Woodend Barn, Banchory , 7.00pm

February's CTO meeting (moved to Tuesday 16th Feb) is to be convened at Woodend Barn, Banchory as the John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland is giving the first in a series of Cafe Scientifique talks


Free entry. Held in Buchanans Restaurant.


John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland and Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. His interest in astronomy began in 1957, age 10 when the first Sky at Night programme was aired and Sputnik went into orbit. His interests in magic also started then, inspired by a magic set he got for Christmas. Although now a prominent astrophysics theorist, as a young amateur he started a school astronomy club and made several telescopes. Some of astronomy's big questions will be on the agenda, ensuring a lively event to mark the climax of International Year of Astronomy!

Woodend Barn, Burn o' Bennie, Banchory AB31 5QA

Travelling west from Aberdeen on the A93 Braemar road, just before you reach Banchory, take the turning on the right signposted B977 Hirn & Echt, there is a brown tourist board sign for the Woodend Barn Arts Centre. Due to the new road lay-out, The Barn is now clearly visible up on the right hand side. The road to the Woodend Barn Arts Centre is the first on the right and first right again. 

Woodend Barn is conveniently placed a short walk up-hill from the A93 and the main Aberdeen/Braemar bus route 201. There are other local routes too.

2010-Feb-23 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2010-Mar-09 Meeting/Talk,  "How the sun got its spots" by Brian Kelly CTO, 7 pm

 

2010-Mar-12(13) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
2010-Mar-23 Informal Meeting
(& observing afterwards if clear)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2010-Apr-13 Meeting/Talk,   "Robert Burns and Astronomy" by Catherine Smith CTO, 7 pm

 

2010-Apr-16(17) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
2010-Apr-27 Informal Meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2010-May-25 Informal Meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2010-Jun-22 Informal Meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2010-Jul-27 Informal Meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 
2010-Aug-24 Informal Meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7-8pm 

 


Previous AAS Programme - 2008/9 Session

Date

Event

Location

2008-Aug-26 Informal Observing Meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 8-10pm 
(directions)
2008-Aug-29(30) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
2008-Sep-09 AGM / Telescope Workshop  CTO, 7 pm
2008-Sep-13 Trip to Stirling Observatory  For details for the visit - Contact Darren Moody, AAS
2008-Sep-23 Informal Observing Meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 8-10pm 
2008-Sep-26(27) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
2008-Oct-14 Meeting, Talk 'Mars Exploration' by Robert Law CTO, 7 pm

MARS EXPLORATION : For centuries mankind has been fascinated by the planet Mars. This talk will cover the early observations of Mars from Kepler to Huygens' first drawing of the disc of Mars to the 19th Century "Mars Mainia" culminating in Percival Lowell and his Martian canals. We'll look at; the dawn of the space age with the work of Hohmann who in the 1920s developed the concept of the Hohmann Transfer Orbit, the first detailed proposals for human Mars exploration in the 1950s, unmanned Mariner and Viking missions of the 1960s and 1970s, Wernher von Braun's 1969 Manned Mars program NERVA, Soviet proposals of the 1980s, current Mars exploration Sojourner, MRO, Mars exploration Rovers, Phoenix and the future of Mars exploration.

2008-Oct-24(25) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
2008-Oct-28 Informal Observing Meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 8-10pm 
2008-Nov-11 Meeting, Talk by
Dr Ben Panter
"Exploring the Fossil Record of Galaxy Evolution"
CTO, 7 pm

Traditionally, astronomers have raced to determine more and more distant galaxies in order to understand the earliest epochs of galaxy evolution. Since these galaxies are at such incredible distances the samples tend to only include the very brightest and largest galaxies. By investigating the history of more local galaxies, we have been able to probe the history of galaxy evolution over all mass ranges

2008-Nov-25 Informal Observing Meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 8-10pm 
2008-Nov-28(29) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
** check with Torcuill Torrance or AAS Yahoo Site regarding current access  to site **
2008-Dec-09 Meeting, 
Members Evening/ Talks
CTO, 7 pm
Talks by AAS members :
"Wobbling, Pulsating and Exploding Stars" : David Richards"
2008-Dec-13 Geminid Meteor Shower
Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
(conveniently a Saturday, but sadly also full moon).
2008-Dec-26(27) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
2009-Jan-13 Members Evening/ Short Talks CTO, 7pm.  Short talks by AAS members :
"Stellar Spectroscopy" : David Richards"
"Astrophotography" : Torcuill Torrance
2009-Jan-23(24) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
2009-Jan-27 Informal Observing Meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 8-10pm 
2009-Feb-10 Meeting, Talk by
Dr Ross McLure "Hunting the most distant objects in the Universe"

Talk Cancelled due to bad weather, but rearranged  for Apr-14th

CTO, 7 pm

 

2009-Feb-24 Informal Observing Meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 8-10pm 
2009-Feb-27(28) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
2009-Mar-10 Meeting, Talk by Ian Brantingham (SIGMA)
"Comets, A Strange Tail"
CTO, 7 pm

Ian will give a talk on comets that covers their history, what they are made of, what we see, what we know and what we would like to know.
2009-Mar-24 Informal Observing Meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 8-10pm 
2009-Mar-27(28) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
2009-Mar-28 Public Stargazing Night
(IYA2009 event)
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 7:30-9:30 pm (Directions )
Admission free).  More details

Event timed to coincide with the Spring Moonwatch Week and the Scottish Solar System project.
2009-Apr-14 Meeting, Talk by Dr Ross McLure "Hunting the most distant objects in the Universe" CTO, 7 pm

Over the last century astronomers have been constantly exploiting technological advances to study galaxies at greater and greater distances from the Milky Way. These studies have progressed to a point where today the most distant galaxy known is at a redshift of z=6.96; which corresponds to looking back through 95% of the Universe's history. This talk will discuss the underlying scientific motivations for studying objects in the early history of the Universe, and provide a brief historical overview of how such studies have progressed over the last century. In addition, the talk will discuss how the latest technology is being used to push the observational boundary out to even greater distances, focusing on some of the research being currently pursued at the Institute for Astronomy, Edinburgh.
2009-Apr-24(25) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
2009-Apr-28 Informal Observing Meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 8-10pm 
2009-May-12 Meeting, Short AGM  + Talk by John Reid 
"400 Years of the Telescope"
CTO, 7 pm
2009-Aug-12 Perseid Meteor Shower Rear of Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 9:30 pm. Curry First.  Contact AAS for details 

(Also separate AAS members only event at Dark Sky Site)

2009-Aug-25 Informal Observing Meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 8-10pm 

 

 


Previous AAS Programme - 2007/8 Session

 

Date

Event

Location
  (directions to
CTO  , Bettridge Centre )

2007-Aug-12 Perseid Meteor Shower
(peak predicted for the small hours of the 13th).
Dark Sky Site. Contact AAS.
2007-Sep-07(08) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2007-Sep-11  Meeting / Talk - "The Case for Exoplanets: facts, guesses and science fiction about planets around other stars" by Dr. Andy Longmore CTO, 7 pm
Astronomers have now established 'beyond reasonable doubt' that planets are a common occurrence orbiting stars other than the Sun. This talk describes the supporting evidence, illustrates what we may determine in the foreseeable future using planned space- and ground-based facilities and speculates on the implications for extra-terrestrial life.
2007-Sep-25 Informal Observing meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 9-10pm 
(directions)
2007-Oct-09  Observing Meeting /
Short presentation : "Attempting Exoplanet Transit Observations with an LX200" D,.Richards., (Cloud prevented intended Observing from the Tower )
CTO, 7 pm
2007-Oct-12(13) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2007-Oct-21 Orionid Meteors   
2007-Oct-23 Informal Observing meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 9-10pm 
(directions)
2007-Nov-09(10) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2007-Nov-13 Meeting / Talk  - "The Gate of Heaven - Space without Rockets" by Andy Nimmo

 

CTO, 7 pm
Abstract : "Jacob dreamt of a ladder up to space... They didn't have any elevators in his day. Andy will tell of plans to have several coming down from space in the near future and he'll explain why and how they'll be constructed, listing problems involved, what is being done about them and giving web addresses where you can find out more."
2007-Nov-27 Informal Observing meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 9-10pm 
(directions)
2007-Dec-07(08) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2007-Dec-11 Meeting/Talk  CTO, 7 pm
2007-Dec-14 Geminid Meteors   
2008-Jan-04 Quadrantid Meteors  Maximum at 06:40h (early morning)
2008-Jan-04(05) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2008-Jan-08 Telescope Workshop 
- bring along your telescopes or other astronomy equipment and we will help you get the most out of them or explain how they work.
CTO, 7 pm
2008-Jan-22 Informal Observing meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 9-10pm 
(directions)
2008-Feb-08(09) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2008-Feb-12 Talk "Stellar Evolution", John Reid CTO, 7 pm
2008-Feb-20/21 Lunar Eclipse  Feb 21st  Eclipse: 01:43 to 05:09h
(unfortunately cloud in Aberdeen)
2008-Feb-26 Informal Observing meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 9-10pm 
(directions)
2008-Mar-07(08) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2008-Mar-11 Meeting / Talk - "Active Galaxies and Supermassive Blackholes" by Prof. Ian Robson CTO, 7 pm
Active Galaxies are the most powerful objects in the Universe. They shine with the light of hundreds or thousands of normal galaxies, and this light is concentrated from an extremely small volume of space, about the size of our Solar System. This tremendous energy output is due to the presence of a supermassive black hole, between a million and a thousand million times more massive than our Sun, lurking at the centre of the galaxy. The gravitational attraction of the black hole sucks surrounding material into it and in the process creates the light energy that we now recognise as an active galaxy.

The highly illustrated talk will outline our place in the Universe, describe the key points about active galaxies, give a nicely simplified overview of black holes, how they form and how they power active galaxies, and will show how activity in galaxies may be a natural part of evolution. The talk will also include a look at our own Milky Way Galaxy and the evidence for a supermassive black hole at its centre.

2008-Mar-14
Moved to Autumn
Trip to Stirling Observatory  Details for a rearranged visit will be posted in due course.
2008-Mar-25 Informal Observing meeting, followed by a curry at Bollywood Tandoori Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 9-10pm 
(directions)
2008-Apr-04(05) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2008-Apr-08 Meeting / Talk  - "Galaxy clusters, dark matter and the evolving Universe" by Dr. Judith Croston CTO, 7 pm
2008-Apr-22 Informal Observing meeting Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, 9-10pm 
(directions)
2008-May-02(03) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2008-May-13 AGM Meeting & Talk  - "Future Mega Facilities" by Dr. John Davies CTO, 7 pm
2008-May-17 Night at the Museum Event  Alongside thousands of museums across Europe, for one night a year you can experience a unique late-night opening of at the Zoology Museum and Natural History Centre on the University of Aberdeen's historic King's College campus 
(Free Admission, 7pm - midnight).

Interactive festivities include: Star and planet gazing with the Aberdeen Astronomical Society plus exciting variety of other family activities including Bat detecting, torch-lit treasure hunt in Museum, night time creepy-crawlies, glow sticks, 'Night at the museum' film For more details see : 'Night at The Museum' / Zoology Event.

 


Previous AAS Programme - 2006/7 Session

 

Date

Event

Location 

2006-Aug-12 Meteor Shower Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2006-Aug-22 Observing meeting Woodbank, 7 pm
2006-Aug-25(26) Dark Sky Observing
Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2006-Sep-12  Talk - "The 2006 Total Solar Eclipse" by Karen Yuill and Chris Bowden CTO, 7 pm
2006-Sep-22(23) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2006-Sep-26 Observing meeting Woodbank, 7 pm
2006-Sep-30 Public Observing Evening. 
Tour of the night sky and Talk 'Pluto and beyond'
Bennachie Centre, near Kemnay.  Contact the Bennachie Centre on 01467 681470.
2006-Oct-10  Talk - "Beyond Pretty Pictures: Science Investigations with a Goto Telescope and CCD Camera" by David Richards CTO, 7 pm
2006-Oct-20(21) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2006-Oct-24 Observing meeting Woodbank, 7 pm
2006-Oct-27 Trip to Mills Observatory, Dundee 7.30 pm at Dundee
2006-Nov-14  Talk -  "The Universe Evolves" - Part 2 of a mini-series on cosmology by John Reid CTO, 7 pm
2006-Nov-17(18) Dark Sky Observing
"Leonid Meteor Shower"
Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2006-Nov-28 Observing Meeting Woodbank, 7 pm
2006-Dec-12  Talk cancelled
(was to be "Exploring the Moon" by Dr. Ken McTaggart)
CTO, 7 pm
2006-Dec-13 Meteor Shower Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2006-Dec-22(23) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2007-Jan-09 Talk by John MacNicol.  "A guide to telescopes"  CTO, 7 pm
2007-Jan-19(20) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2007-Jan-23 Observing Meeting Woodbank, 7pm
2007-Feb-09/10 Dark Sky Scotland Event. 
Astronomy activities and public observing.  [ Contact 01466 794161 to book a place ]
Kirkton of Durris.  
2007-Feb-13 Talk by Dr. Ken McTaggart 
"Exploration of the Moon"

Ken is a contributor to NASA's Apollo Lunar Surface Journal and has written on a wide range of topics.
CTO, 7 pm
Just a few decades ago, the far side of the moon was completely unknown and our understanding of the near-side surface features was limited to telescope views. Through the 1960s a wave of robotic and human explorers investigated 20 locations on its surface, turning it from a remote celestial body into a geologic landscape shaped by strange phenomena not seen on earth. This stopped abruptly in the 1970s, and since then the moon has lain largely uninvestigated. The talk will cover those early discoveries and new projects which will soon fill the gaps in our knowledge of our only natural satellite. 
2007-Feb-16(17) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2007-Feb-27 Observing Meeting Woodbank, 7pm
2007-Mar-03 Public observing event.
- Total lunar eclipse
A talk on solar and lunar eclipses and then view the eclipse with us (weather permitting). AAS members will be on hand with a selection of binoculars and telescopes to help you get the most out of this event.
  No Charge / No Booking Req
Bettridge Centre, Coastal Park, Newtonhill 
8:15 pm onwards
Event Timings: 
8:30 pm: Talk on solar and lunar eclipses 
9:30 pm: Partial eclipse starts 
10:45 pm: Totality starts 
Midnight: Totality ends 
1:10 am: Partial eclipse ends 
[ Telephone: (01224) 484074 or (01330) 822942 ]
2007-Mar-13 Talk by Robert Law 
"Future lunar exploration".
CTO, 7 pm
2007-Mar-16(17) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2007-Mar-21 "Switch Off - Look Up"
(support the GrampianLife event to switch off your lights for 1 hour to appreciate the night sky which is no longer possible in parts of the area and raise awareness of energy waste)
Aberdeenshire / Alford
9pm - 10pm (TBC... possibly 8.30 onwards)
2007-Mar-27 Observing Meeting Woodbank, 7pm
2007-Apr-10 Telescope Workshop 
- bring along your telescopes or other astronomy equipment and we will help you get the most out of them or explain how they work.
CTO, 7 pm
2007-Apr-14(15) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2007-Apr-24 Observing Meeting Woodbank, 7pm
2007-May-08 AGM & Talk by Ken Kennedy.  "Noctilucent Clouds". CTO, 7 pm
2007-May-11(12) Dark Sky Observing Dark Sky Site (contact AAS)
2007-May-25 Social Night Saigon Restaurant, Crown Terrace, Aberdeen

 


Previous AAS Programme - Session 2005/6

Date

Event

Location

2006-Jan-10 Astrophotography Highlights of 2005 CTO, 7 pm
2006-Jan-24 Observing meeting Woodbank, 7 pm
2006-Jan-27 Dark Sky Observing Contact AAS
2006-Feb-14 Meeting CTO, 7 pm
2006-Feb-28 Observing meeting Woodbank, 7 pm
2006-Mar-03 Dark Sky Observing Contact AAS
2006-Mar-04
(CANCELLED)
Public Observing Evening
(CANCELLED)
Bennachie Centre, near Kemnay, 7:30 pm.  Contact the Bennachie Centre on 01467 681470.
2006-Mar-14 Meeting CTO, 7 pm
2006-Mar-24 Public Observing Evening Durris Village Hall, 7:30 pm.  Contact the Forestry Commission on 01330 844537.
2006-Mar-28 Observing Meeting Woodbank, 7 pm
2006-Mar-31 Dark Sky Observing Contact AAS
2006-Apr-11 Meeting CTO, 7 pm
2006-Apr-25 Observing Meeting Woodbank, 7 pm
2006-Apr-28 Dark Sky Observing Contact AAS
2006-May-16 Talk "Cosmology" by John Reid and AGM CTO, 7 pm
2006-May-23 Observing Meeting Woodbank, 7 pm
2006-Jun-27 Observing Meeting Woodbank, 7 pm

 

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Directions to Woodbank:

 

Travel westwards out of Aberdeen on the Great Western Road (A93). Woodbank is the next turning on the right immediately after The Marcliffe at Pitfodels Hotel, just before the centre of Cults. 

A map showing the location of Woodbank can be found by clicking here.

 

Observing the Moon on the Summer Solstice at Woodbank

 

Directions to the Cromwell Tower Observatory:

 

The Cromwell Tower Observatory is located off the High Street near King’s College Chapel in Old Aberdeen. Go through the archway to the right of the Chapel into a courtyard.

The entrance to the Cromwell Tower is located at the back left of the courtyard. The Observatory is at the top of the tower and the meeting room (KCT2) is directly beneath. Parking on the High Street is limited. The nearest parking is on Regent Walk, but alternative parking is available near the Fraser Noble and Meston Buildings off Bedford Road or the Arts Lecture Theatre off King Street.


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