The Cosmic Magic Show
Image: Prof. John Brown

The Astronomical Society of Glasgow's next public lecture for the 2018 - 2019 session will be Thursday 20th December, when Prof John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, Astronomy and Astrophysics Group, University of Glasgow, will be presenting "Black Holes, Black Magic and Interstellar Travel: How general relativity could help Santa span the galaxy"

The lecture will start promptly at 7:30pm. It will be preceded at 6:45 by December's Observing Section talk.

Please be aware there is a room change for this lecture. It will take place in room 6.67, rather than the usual 6.41. Details of how to find this room can be found at the end of this article.


Jupiter’s southern aurora captured in the light of H3+ by the JUNO infrared imager. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/ASI/INAF/JIRAM

Advances in Hydrogen Molecular Ions: H3+, H5+ and beyond

We have been contacted by a representative of The Royal Society on behalf of the scientific organisers (Professor Jonathan Tennyson FRS, Professor Benjamin McCall, Professor Steven Miller) about an upcoming scientific meeting taking place at the Royal Society entitled 'Advances in Hydrogen Molecular Ions: H3+, H5+ and beyond' which may be of interest to some members.

The ASG's free public lectures for the 2018-19 session are as follows, the dates and titles are shown below.  These 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.