HELENSBURGH ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
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Programme for 2017-18

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DATE
TOPIC
SPEAKER
Observatory
Dates
20
Sept
Recent Developments in Gravitatiopnal Wave Research
Dr Chris Messenger, University of Glasgow none
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Dr Chris Messenger: Research Interests: My work involves the analysis of gravitational wave data. I am specifically interested in wide area parameter space searches for gravitational waves from continuously emitting sources.

Links: Gravitational Wave Astronomy: the 73rd Scottish Universities Summer School in Physics, LIGO: the laser interferometer gravitational-wave observatory
25
Oct
From Lochaber to the Cosmos
Dr Alec McKinnon, University of Glasgow Obs
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Dr Alec L. MacKinnon, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Open Studies: Fast particles on the Sun and elsewhere: how do we learn about them, what effects do they have, what produces them? Solar and stellar flares. Solar neutrons: detection, production, consequences. Complex systems and self-organised criticality.
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Nov
Cubesats and other Space Vehicles
Prof Max Vasile, University of Strathclyde Obs
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*** TALK POSTPONED FROM 22nd IN VIEW OF SPEAKER' COMMITMENTS.

Prof. Massimiliano Vasile: Research areas - Science (General), Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics, Mechanical engineering and machinery.


INFO videos on Cubesats:

Dat
Dec
Christmas Dinner
& Quiz Obs
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2018

31
Jan
Stellarium
Alan Henderson Obs
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A former chairman of the Society, will talk about the “Stellarium” open source software package for PCs and demonstrate how it can be used to simulate the night sky and identify stars
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28 Feb
Early Astronomical Observations in India
Andrew Leven 8
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Douglas is a well-known astrophotographer. He will show a selection of his most interesting photographs and discuss the techniques and equipment he uses.
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28 Mar
Astrophotography
Douglas Cooper (Stirling Astronomical Society) 8
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Douglas is a well-known astrophotographer. He will show a selection of his most interesting photographs and discuss the techniques and equipment he uses.
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25
Apr
AGM
AGENDA none
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Our AGM is regularly held at the last meeting of the session. A formal notice of the meeting, including agenda, budget, committee elections, motions, etc., will be issued nearer the time. We will be looking for suggestions for topics for our meetings for our 2018-19 session
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//OBSERVATORY MEETINGS: are held at Glasgow University Observatory, Acre Road, Maryhill.

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Members wishing to attend should contact Alan Henderson on the Monday of the relative
week to confirm //their intention to do so and clarify travel and meeting arrangements. //

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Stargazing evenings are held throughout the Winter season at our local Observing Sites at Glen Fruin //as
well as regular Sun-gazing Days using our Solar Scopes, weather permitting.

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Summer Activities


. . .in the meantime - Clear Skies


Meetings are held at 7.30 p.m. in the
Helensburgh Parish Church Hall, Helensburgh, G84 8UP