Autumn Weekend Meeting - A Sun and it’s Solar System

Autumn Weekend Meeting - A Sun and it’s Solar System

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£15 – £20

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Moray College UHI

Moray Street


IV30 1JJ

United Kingdom

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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The BAA 2022 Autumn Weekend Meeting will be on the topic of ' A Sun and it’s Solar System'.

About this event

A 25% discount is available to BAA members, members of BAA Affiliated Societies and members of SIGMA. The discount code can be accessed by BAA members logged into the website by following this link. It will also appear in the BAA Journal advert and monthly newsletter. When you buy your ticket on Eventbrite, click "Enter promo code" and then enter the code. Refunds are only available for tickets cancelled more than 7 days before the event and the Eventbrite fees of 6.5% plus £0.49 are non-refundable.

Below image of the Sun by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams.

Autumn Weekend Meeting - A Sun and it’s Solar System image

Friday 19:00 until 21:30

Friday evening lecture will be given by Dr John Mason

Saturday Doors 10:00 until 18:00

Dennis Buczynski – "Non Professional Comet Observing and Discovery Today" This talk will look at the activities, practices and opportunities for comet observers and discoverers in this age of electronic observing. The role of the non-professional still has a significant role to play in cometary science.

Lyn Smith - Our Red Sun

Prof Clare Parnell – “Our Magnetic Sun and it’s Influence Across the Solar System” (see below for details)

Sandra Brantingham: Aurora

Nick James – Monitoring the night sky with video cameras

Paul Abel – Mercury & Venus

Sunday 10:00 until 12:30

An opportunity to join a guided tour around Elgin and possible a distillery organised by members of our host society.

Autumn Weekend Meeting - A Sun and it’s Solar System image

Our thanks to SIGMA, the Moray Astronomical Club for hosting this meeting.

SIGMA was set up in the summer of 2000 and the inaugural meeting took place at Gordonstoun School on Friday 2nd June 2000. SIGMA’s main aims are to make astronomy accessible to anyone and everyone who is interested, from the highly skilled to the completely “unknowledgeable”! SIGMA meets on the first Friday of every month at 7.30pm, at Lhanbryde Community Centre near Elgin. SIGMA is lucky enough to have a Dark sky observing site at Easterton Airfield, not far from Elgin. Where observing sessions are held on Friday and Saturday nights.

Members of SIGMA range from the complete beginner to those that have a wealth of experience in various aspects of astronomy and are always keen to share their knowledge with others. There have been a host of renowned speakers in the past, including Professor John Brown, Neil Bone from Astronomy Now, Professor Martin Hendry from University of Glasgow, Brian Kelly and Dr Dave Gavine. We continually aim to make our meetings as diverse and interesting as possible and regularly hold public observing sessions, where members of the public are invited to come along to our dark site with SIGMA members on hand to guide you through the night sky.

Below image of the aurora by Alan Tough.

Autumn Weekend Meeting - A Sun and it’s Solar System image

Our Magnetic Sun and it’s Influence Across the Solar System – Prof Clare Parnell

The Sun’s magnetic field is not only complex and intricate but behaves highly dynamically. It provides the energy to heat the Sun’s outer atmosphere known as the corona, and also power the massive solar eruptions, called solar flares and coronal mass ejections, that have the potential to cause disruptions here on Earth. The Sun’s magnetic field extends out reaching the furthest reaches of our solar system dictating the direction of the tails of comets, interacting with the magnetic fields of other planets causing aurora as well as determining the boundary of the heliosphere.

Professor Clare Parnell has spent almost 3 decades studying the behaviour of magnetic plasmas with a specific focus on solar magnetic fields at the University of St Andrews. As a mother to two children, she is passionate about encouraging everyone to embrace science, look at the world and Universe around them and to learn about the wonders of what is out there.

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