S&RAS Memberships now due for 2018/19 season

A reminder that Society memberships are now due for renewal of the 2018/19 season
Membership fees remain the same as last year.

Membership form available HERE

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2nd November 2018 – Public Observing Night at Dalby Forest

Public Stargazing in Dalby Forest – November 2018

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Friday 19 October 2018 7.45pm Guest Speaker: Roy Gunson “Pickering’s Harem”

Friday 19 October 2018 7.45pm, East Ayton Village Hall

Guest Speaker: Roy Gunson “Pickering’s Harem”

Williamina Flemming – abandoned by her new husband just months after arriving in Boston, USA from Dundee. Pregnant and alone she rose to become one of the most famed female astronomers of the early 20th century . Her story plus those of a host of other female astronomers hired by Charles Edward Pickering between 1880 and 1919 to work at the Harvard College Observatory gives a remarkable insight on the determination by these women to succeed.

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5th October 2018 – Public Observing Night at Dalby Forest

Public Stargazing in Dalby Forest – October 2018

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Another successful Introduction to Astronomy evening

Another successful Introduction to Astronomy event was hosted by Bryan Moiser on Friday 21st September.

Bryan talked us through his journey through being an amateur astronomer, with recommendations on what to buy and what to avoid from personal experiences.

We gained some new members from the event and a big thank you to those existing members who took the time to make it so worthwhile.

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SARAS at Ayton Gala 2018

S&RAS were present at Ayton Gala again this year and we drew in quite a lot of people
Thanks to John Harper, Sheila Anderson, Jon Mortimer and Neil Graham for their assistance.

The weather was kind and allowed solar viewing, but once again, the surface of the sun was featureless when viewed in white light and only faint
surface detail was visible in hydrogen-Alpha due to the continuing low activity on the surface of the Sun.

With the help of John Harper, we were able to locate Venus without the aid of Go-To and were able to let the public view the crescent of Venus at 3 in the afternoon.

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