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Programme

What's happening in 2018
 
We meet on Friday nights at
New Wellwynd Parish Church, Wellwynd, Airdrie ML6 0AG.
7:30 - 9.30pm 

November 2019

Friday 8th - William Tennant - "Asteroids"

Join us tonight for a fantastic presentation by Curator, William Tennant, on Asteroids.

These enigmatic objects offer an insight into the formation of our solar system. We will find out about their discovery, history, how we are exploring them and what their presence in the solar system means for us on earth, now and in the future.

Friday 15th - David Woods - "Apollo 12*

Tonight we have the incredible David Woods visiting us again with another not to be missed talk!
50 years ago, on 14th November 1969, Apollo 12 followed the path that had already been trod by Apollo 11 to take humans to the surface of the Moon. Though eclipsed by the success of the prior mission, Apollo 12 nevertheless took lunar exploration forward while also riding out a nerve-jangling lift-off from Earth when their vehicle was hit by lightening. In his talk, David Woods follows the adventures of  the Apollo 12 crew to the Oceans of Storms and back.

Friday 22nd - Ben Giblin - "Cosmology"

Tonight we have Dr. Ben Giblin joining us. An observational cosmologist at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh he spend his days trying to measure the nature of dark matter, testing Einstein's theory of gravity and analysing images collected using a mountaintop telescope in Chile. He recently finished his PhD, in which he focused on improving methods to study our Universe using observations, simulations and machine learning. When he's not pondering the Universe, one can find him drinking coffee or playing folky-rock music with a band in Edinburgh!


"Cosmology is the study of our Universe on the largest scales, and aims to answer the biggest questions: What is the Universe made of? How are its components distributed throughout space? How did the Universe evolve and what will happen to it in the future?

The good news is that enormous progress has been made in this field in the past century, culminating in the development of a standard cosmological model, the foundation of which is Einstein's theory of General Relativity. The bad news is that this model, combined with our observations of the Universe, tell us that 95% of the stuff making up reality is dark matter and dark energy, exotic substances which we do not understand the nature of.

In this talk, I will discuss the evidence for this radical conclusion, the ways in which we are testing the standard cosmological model, and the latest mysteries gripping this ever-changing field of research."

Friday 29th - "Professor John Brown - "Oor Big Braw Cosms"

Come along tonight as we are joined by the Astronomer Royal for Scotland, Professor John Brown, who will be letting us know all about his new book published earlier this year. “Oor Big Braw Cosmos” sees the culmination of his long passion for cross-cultural sci-art projects. It celebrates the beauty of the cosmos and its workings in a multidimensional way through science, imagery and poetry. It aims to bring this multifaceted beauty of our vast universe, and the fun of studying it, to the widest possible audience, and to help break down false cross-cultural barriers. He will also have copies available for sale on the night. Why not get a copy signed as a fabulous Christmas present?

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Our weekly Friday night meetings are a great opportunity to meet like minded people with an interest in astronomy and spaceflight. Enjoy the weekly space news and a range of guest speakers who are experts in their subjects. We also offer the opportunity for members to give presentations on subjects that interest them. You don't need to be a member to come along.

New members are always very welcome so come along, join in and meet like minded people.

We meet at New Wellwynd Parish Church, Wellwynd, Airdrie ML6 0AG.


FRIDAY EVENING AGENDA: 
7:30 - 8:00pm - Space News 
8:00pm - 8:30pm - Tea Break
8:30pm - 9:30pm - Main Talk

 

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN AAA?

 

Becoming a member is easy, simply pick up a membership form at any of our weekly meetings.

Benefits of becoming a member include• borrowing books and equipment• opportunity to participate in observing the night sky• access to Airdrie observatory outside library opening hours and many more!

 

Fees are as follows:

Full Member (Waged / Working) : £15 per annum

Full Member (Unwaged / retired) : £10 per annum

Junior Members (Under 18) : £5 per annum

Family Membership : £25 per annum (Up to 2 Adults and all children under the age of 18)

 

We ask for a donation towards the room hire of £1.00 from members, £1.50 for visitors, children under 18 are free. We supply tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits for the tea break- 50p