Thursday 18th May - Lecture

Venus: Heavenly Body or a Vision of Hell
Dr Simon Cuthbert, Lecturer in Earth Science, University of the West of Scotland. 

Venus, the familiar bright jewel of the morning and evening skies and our nearest planetary neighbour should be the most Earth-like of the other terrestrial planets, but how much like our own world is it in reality? This presentation explores the current state of knowledge and will, indeed, reveal many familiar features. However, there is much about Venus that is very strange and decidedly hostile. Venus's brilliant white veil hides a bizarre, scorched volcanic landscape and its dense, roasting atmosphere makes exploration much more difficult than on other planets, so mysteries abound: What happened to all the water? Why are there metal-coated mountain-tops? Was Venus ever really Earth-like, and could  humans ever visit Venus, or even live there?

Biography: I am a lecturer in Earth Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland.  My research interests have tended to focus on deep­level processes in the Earth's crust and, more recently, on mineral resources, but I've had a long­standing fascination with lunar and planetary geology ever since my undergraduate days when I wrote my degree dissertation on the origins of the lunar Highlands.  Nowadays I'm Secretary of the Glasgow Geological Society, a member of the Scottish Geodiversity Forum and occasionally teach evening classes in geosciences at Glasgow University. There are few things I enjoy more than evangelising about geology!

Note that due to refurbishment work in the normal location, this lecture will be held in Lecture Theatre 325 in the John Anderson building, entrance here   The lecture will start at the normal time of 7.30pm and will be followed by the Society Annual General Meeting for members only.

Public lectures for the 2016-17 session

The ASG's free public lectures for the 2016-17 session are as follows, the dates and titles are shown below.  They are normally held in Room 6.41 Royal College, Strathclyde University unless otherwise advised.  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 2016-17 session is as follows:

Thursday 15th September 2016 New Views of the Sun's Hot Corona
The Eric Tomney Lecture
Dr Iain G Hannah, Astronomy and Astrophysics Group, SUPA School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow
Thursday 20th October 2016 The Gaia Space Telescope: mapping the Milky Way in six dimensions
Dr Nick Rowell, Researcher and developer in the Wide Field Astronomy Unit, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
Thursday 17th November 2016 What has Space Ever Done for Us?
Mr Matjaz Vidmar, Postgraduate research student. Institute for the study of Science, Technology & Innovation. University of Edinburgh
Thursday 15th December 2016 Opening a New Window on Einstein’s Universe
Prof Martin Hendry MBE Head of School, Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology, Chair, Institute of Physics, Scotland
Thursday 19th January 2017 An Introduction to Pulsars - Throwing some light on Gravity and Relativity
The Tannahill Lecture
Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Visiting Professor, Astrophysics, University of Oxford
This lecture will be held in Lecture Theatre 325 in the John Anderson building here
Thursday 16th February 2017 Members' Night Talks
Thursday 16th March 2017 Asteroids and Space Debris, Threat or Opportunity?  Major Results from the Stardust Network
Prof Max Vasile, Prof of Space Systems Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Strathclyde University
Thursday 20th April 2017 Space Weather and the Polar Regions: Gateways to Geospace
The Leon Davies Lecture
Dr Andrew Kavanagh, Middle Atmosphere Vertical Coupling Analyst, British Antarctic Survey.  This lecture will be held in Lecture Theatre 325 in the John Anderson building here
Thursday 18th May 2017 Venus: Heavenly Body or a Vision of Hell
Dr Simon Cuthbert, Lecturer in Earth Science, University of the West of Scotland.  This lecture will be held in Lecture Theatre 325 in the John Anderson building here
  This lecture will be followed by the Society Annual General Meeting

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 events are ticketed, and are not free, however they are 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 events 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.

The dates for the current session are shown in the ASG Calendar.  Gate opens 7:15 pm for a 7:30 pm start.

Tickets, £4 (adults) & £2 (children).
A full wet weather programme will be available when observing is not possible.

 

Sun Over the Botanics

Our 'Sun Over the Botanics' events are your chance to see the surface of the sun safely. We bring along some special telescopes which are designed for looking at the sun, and allow you to see Sunspots, granulation and prominences round the circumference of the sun.

We also run telescope workshops at these events, so if you've got a telescope sitting in a cupboard somewhere gathering dust, and you'd like to know how to use it, or just get some help setting it up, then bring it along and one of our experts can talk you through your telescope and give you all the help you could need. We're more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you may have.

The dates for these events are listed below, and are free to attend. Just turn up on the day, and you'll find us next to the Kibble Palace if it's dry, or inside if it's not. (We hope it's dry but we can't control the Glasgow weather!)

The dates for the current session are shown in the ASG Calendar.  The events are held on Sunday afternoons between 1pm and 4pm.

Lectures are held in Room 6.41 of the Royal College building, University of Strathclyde unless otherwise noted.  Lectures start at 7.30pm and are preceded by either the Observing Group or a social event from 6.45pm.  Members of the public are most welcome to attend our free lectures without obligation to join the society.

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.

Thursday 18th September

Weaving the Cosmic Web
Dr. Peter Edwards, Director of Science Outreach, Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, Durham University

Thursday 16th October

Lights in the Northern Sky
Mr. Ken Kennedy, Aurora Section Director, British Astronomical Association

Thursday 20th November Astrophotography
Mr. Rob Ince, former manager, Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
Thusday 18th December Very Low and Very High Frequency Radio Astronomy South of the Equator
Dr. Alec McKinnon, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Open Studies, University of Glasgow
Thursday 15th January Fundamental Physics, Astronomy and Cosmology
The Tannahill Lecture
Prof. Malcolm Longair CBE FRS FRSE, 9th Astronomer Royal for Scotland, Emeritus Jacksonian Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of Cambridge
Thursday 19th February Members' Night -  collection of talks by ASG members
Thursday 19th March Mascons, Maria, Mega-Impacts & Moon rocks: Geology and the face of the Moon
Dr. Simon Cuthbert, Lecturer in Earth Sciences, University of West of Scotland
This is a joint meeting with The Geological Society of Glasgow
Thursday 16st April The search for Gravitational Waves – status of the hunt for ripples from the dark side of the universe
The Leon Davies Lecture
Prof. Sheila Rowan, Director, Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow
Thursday 21st May Space Medicine
Dr. Gillian Pearce, Keele University
  followed by the Society AGM

Upcoming Event: BAA "Back to Basics" - Saturday October 11th 2014 in Glasgow

The British Astronomical Association has designed a programme of talks and practical sessions to help you learn basic techniques and develop your interest to its full potential. Experienced people will be on hand to answer your questions.

Download the pdf flyer here to learn more, and book your place. This is a free event, however booking is required.

The Astronomical Society of Glasgow is the largest Astronomical Society in Scotland, and is dedicated to promoting an interest in Astronomy.

The Society has been promoting Astronomy in Glasgow for over 100 years.  Membership of the Society is open to all; and anyone, even with the vaguest interests in Astronomy, is welcome to find out what the Society is about.

We are a member of the British Association of Planetaria, affiliated to the British Astronomical Association and the Scottish Astronomers' Group.  The society is a member of the Federation of Astronomical Societies, and is a registered Scottish charity (Charity Number SCO15035).

The Society holds nine regular monthly lecture meetings from September through to May each year. Lectures are held in the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow city centre at 7.30pm, normally on the third Thursday of each month, however this does occasionally change to allow us to welcome some of our speakers who have busy schedules.
All topics of Astronomy are covered in the lectures from Planetary Science to Astrophotography and The Search for Life Beyond Earth. The lectures are free and are open to members and non-members alike. Prior to each meeting a Newsletter is circulated to the Membership giving details of the speaker, the lecture topic and other matters of timely interest.

We also have a number of observing evenings for our members, where we can take advantage of the 16" Meade LX200 telescope at University of Glasgow's Acre Road observatory, as well as some darker skies observing evenings at Mugdock country park just outside Glasgow.

The Society is also involved in a number of outreach events, bringing Astronomy to the people of Glasgow and further afield. We have regular meetings for the public at the Botanical Gardens in Glasgow where we provide a number of telescopes, and the knowledge of the members to allow the public to look through them to see the craters on the moon, planets and distant stars. If the skies aren't clear, then we will share our knowledge with presentations and talks on various astronomy topics.

We also have a number of telescopes for hire by members ranging from a Coronado PST to a 10" Dobsonian.

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See you there,
The ASG.