Meetings - Lectures

Stirling Astronomical 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.

These meetings are free and anyone with an interest in astronomy is welcome to attend, whether a Member of the Society or not. The current series of lectures is at an end for the summer break. Lectures will start again in September.

2015 / 2016 Public Lecture Syllabus

11th September 2015
Speaker -  John Pressly, Observatory Officer, Coats Observatory.

Title - 'Scottish Astronomy: A Historical Perspective'

9th October 2015
Speaker - David Edwards Open University

Title - 'A History of Telescope Technology'

13th November 2015
Speaker -   AGM

Title -AGM

11th December 2015
Speaker -   Dr Alexander MacKinnon, University of Glasgow

Title - Very Low Frequency Radio Astronomy South of the Equator

8th January 2016
Speaker -  Martin Shelley, Ex Director of the British National Space Centre

Title - General Space Travel,Time with Russian Cosmonauts, Prof Pullinger and Beagle 2

12th February 2016
Speaker -  Robert Law, Mills Observatory

Title - "New Horizons"

11th March 2016
Speaker -   David Gavine

Title - The Aurora in History

8th April 2016
Speaker - TBC

Title - TBC

13th May 2016
Speaker - Duncan Lunan

Title - TBC

14 Oct 2016
Speaker -Colin Innes

Title - Tabby's Star, Dyson spheres , Extra-terrestrial intelligence

11 Nov 2016
Speaker -Allan Vint

Title - Setting out on the adventure of astrophotography

9 Dec 2016
Speaker -Lyn Smith

Title - Moons

13 Jan 2017
Speaker Stuart Reid

Title - Detection of Gravity Waves

10 Feb 2017
Speaker Cancelled

Title -

10 Mar 2017
Speaker Matteo Ceriotti

Title - Building Space Colonies

14th Apr 2017
Speaker -Stuart Reid

Title - Gravity Waves

8th Dec 2017 -Bert Mackenzie

Title - Full Eclipse - USA October 2017

SAS Speaker December 8th 2017 Bert Mackenzie has been a member of the Society for 20 years, but his interest goes back to his boyhood. He worked as a chemist in the laboratories of BP Chemicals and BP Oil Refinery in Grangemouth, where he experienced light pollution of the night sky at close quarters. However, he and his wife are keen hillwalkers, who over a period of 40 years, have managed to climb all the 3000 foot mountains in the UK. He has also walked in the Alps, Dolomites, Pyrenees, Spain’s Sierra Nevada, the High Atlas of Morocco and several mountain areas in Western America. Most of these places offer great views for astronomers and are usually warmer than Scotland with no midges! He is developing into an “eclipse chaser” and this talk will describe his 2000 mile road trip from Calgary to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to witness the total Solar Eclipse in August, 2017. He will also offer advice to those who wish to view future eclipses.

14th Sep 2018
Speaker -Dr Nicolas Labrosse

Title: Solar Prominences

Nicolas Labrosse is Senior Lecturer in the School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Glasgow.
His primary research interests are in understanding complex processes in the Sun's atmosphere which affect Space Weather.
He is particularly interested in solar prominences and in solar flares. Nicolas can be found on Twitter @niclabrosse

A few years ago, specialist journals were reporting news of tornadoes observed in the solar atmosphere by an American satellite launched by NASA.
The media also spread the discovery. Since then, researchers like myself have tried to understand these peculiar phenomena.
I will aim to address some of the questions that we've been asking ourselves: What do these tornadoes have in common with tornadoes on Earth?
Are they actually rotating or not? Is there a link with other better-known solar phenomena (yet as mysterious)? Why haven’t
they been detected before? Is the Sun taking a new turn? Are solar tornadoes dangerous?

12th Oct 2018
Speaker -Dr AnneMarie Wejmans

Title - Galaxy Evolution

9th Nov 2018
Speaker -Still to Be Fixed

Title - ...

14th Dec 2018
Speaker -Still to Be Fixed

Title - ...

11th Jan 2019
Speaker -Prof Martin Hendry

Title -Gravitational Waves

8th Feb 2019
Speaker -Prof Alex Murphy

Title -TBA

8th Mar 2019
Speaker -Mark Douglas

Title -TBA

12th Apr 2019
Speaker -Still to Be Fixed

Title - ...

10th May 2019
Speaker -Ian Robson

Title - SuperCool Astronomy

SuperCool Astronomy is only about 40 years old and is the study of the very cold objects in space, especially the study of the dust emission that so often shrouds the secrets of stars and galaxy foundation. This is the realm of submillimetre astronomy and has been a huge British success story, with the ground breaking discoveries of the SCUBA revolution. The talk will discuss how submillimetre astronomy developed, the role of the UK and how it is now very trendy and totall supercool.



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Smith Museum and Art Gallery, Dumbarton Road, Stirling.

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Famous Lecturer at The Stirling Astronomical Society

In 2005, Prof. John Brown, The Astronomer Royal for Scotland (pictured at left above) lectured to the Stirling Astronomical Society.