Next Society Meeting:

13th Jan 2017

Speaker -Prof. Stuart Reid

Smith Museum Lecture Theatre 7.30

Topic : On the 14th September 2015 two giant laser interferometers known as LIGO, the most sensitive instruments ever built, detected gravitational waves from the merger of a pair of massive black holes more than a billion light years from the Earth. LIGO estimated that the peak gravitational wave power radiated during the final moments of the merger was more than ten times greater than the combined light power from all the stars and galaxies in the 0bservable Universe.Hear about the amazing technology behind the LIGO detectors, which can measue the signatures of spacetime ripples less than a million millionth the width of a human hair, and explore the exciting future that lies ahead for gravitational wave astronomy as we open an entirely new window on the Universe.

Stuart Reid is a Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of the West of Scotland, and a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and an elected member and co-chair of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland. He has spent the last 14 years developing technology for gravitational wave detectors, and is co-inventor of "nanokicking", where precise nanoscale vibrations can be used to control the behaviour (and fate) of adult stem cells.



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Stirling Astronomical Society (SAS) is open to anyone aged 11 years or over and who has an interest in astronomy. At the SAS we welcome total beginners, experienced observers, or those with an interest in a particular topic, such as variable stars, comets, aurora or meteors.

Regular Lectures

The Society meets from September to May during the year. Lectures are held generally on the second Friday in each month during that period, beginning at 7.30 p.m. The venue is the lecture room of the Smith Museum and Art Gallery, Dumbarton Road, Stirling.

Meetings are free and anyone with an interest in astronomy is welcome to attend, whether a Member of the Society or not. Lecturers come from a wide range of backgrounds, all with specialist knowledge in their chosen subject. There is also the opportunity to chat with members informally over tea and coffee.

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Evening Classes

The Society regularly runs a series of Evening Classes in Stirling. These are open to anyone over 11 years old with an interest in Astronomy and topics vary in each course, covering all the basic information to develop a good understanding of modern astronomy. Classes run once a month on Thursday evenings at the Stirling Highland Hotel (click here for map),Spittal Street, 7:00 to 9:00pm.

The current evening classes will start in October and run to March, on 1st Thursday of the month in the Highland Hotel, £5.00 per meeting,(members of SAS have a £10.00 discount,. If you would like to take part or learn more about the classes, please Contact Us.

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Observing

In recent years the Society has received two awards from the National Lottery under the Awards for All scheme. The funds have been used to acquire a wide range of observing and teaching equipment to encourage interest in Astronomy in the Stirling area. Also, the Society has the use of a 12.5 inch reflecting telescope, built in 1889 and located on the roof of the Stirling Highland Hotel.

Members also hold informal meetings on the last Friday of each month to discuss recent developments and observations.

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