Tuesday 16th February 2016 - Stars over the Botanics

Our 'Stars Over the Botanics' events are a chance for the public to come along and talk to some astronomers, and get the chance to have a look at some of the wonders in the heavens above.  The numbers we can host are limited, and the event is not free, however it is great value for money.  We'll have a number of telescopes available for you to look through, all operated by our Astronomers, so you can be sure there will be something interesting to see.  Whether it's the Moon, the Planets, or some deep sky objects, if it's there, we'll find it for you.

On the off chance that the weather is cloudy (or even raining), we have a programme of lectures and talks available, all in the comfort and surroundings of the Botanic Gardens' Kibble Palace.  Using planetarium software, we can take you on a tour of the universe, show you the moon in fantastic detail, or show you some of the many phenomenon of the sky and sun like noctilucent clouds, sun dogs and parhelion.

So no matter whether it's clear or cloudy, it's always a good night.  The event is limited in numbers and entry is paid at the gate on the night.  Arrive early to avoid disappointment as the evenings are always well attended, and are limited to the first 40 people to arrive.  If you cannot come to this event we will have the final "Stars over the Botanics" event of the session on Tuesday 22nd March.

Gate opens 7:15 pm for a 7:30 pm start.  Tickets, £4 (adults) & £2 (children).

 

Public lectures for the 2015-16 session

The ASG's free public lectures for the 2015-16 session have started, the dates and titles are shown below.  They are held in Room 6.41 Royal College, Strathclyde University.  Access is via the Montrose Street entrance, take the lift to Level 3, exit the lift and take the 2nd set of steps on your left, go through the double glass doors.  Room 6.41 is on your left approximately half way along the corridor.  The lectures start at 7:30pm and are preceded from 6:45pm by either a presentation on the month's skywatching highlights or by a social event giving you the opportunity to meet other members.

The complete lecture programme for the 2015-16 session is as follows:

Thursday 17th September 2015 Reclaiming the Night
The Eric Tomney Lecture
Mr. Steve Owens (Freelance Science Writer)
Thursday 15th October 2015 In search of the Forty Foot
Mr. Bob Bower (Secretary, The Society for the History of Astronomy)
Thursday 19th November 2015 Nanosatellites : Astronomical Potential
Mr. Alasdair Gow, Clyde Space Ltd.
Thursday 17th December 2015 New Horizons in the Solar System
Dr. John Davies, UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Royal Observatory Edinburgh will discuss the Rosetta / Philae mission to Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the Dawn mission and the New Horizons mission
Thursday 21st January 2016 Big Bangs and Black Holes
The Tannahill Lecture
Professor Carole Mundell, Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy and Head of Astrophysics at the University of Bath
Thursday 18th February 2016 Members' Night Talks
Thursday 17th March 2016 Noah, Amazonia and Olympus - Geology on Mars
Dr. Simon Cuthbert, Lecturer in Earth Sciences, University of the West of Scotland
Thursday 21st April 2016 In Search of the Northern Lights
The Leon Davies Lecture
Prof Jim Wild, Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science Group, Lancaster University
Thursday 19th May 2016 TBC
Dr. Lydia Hallis, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow
followed by the Society AGM

Unless otherwise advised, lectures are held in Room 6.41 Royal College, Strathclyde University.  Access is via the Montrose Street entrance, take the lift to Floor 3, exit the lift and take the 2nd set of steps on your left, go through the double glass doors.  Room 6.41 is on your left approximately half way along the corridor.