Next Society Meeting:

14th Sept 2018

Speaker Dr Nicolas Labrosse

Smith Museum Lecture Theatre 7.30

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?

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Stirling Astronomical Society (SAS) is open to anyone aged 11 years or over and who has an interest in astronomy. At the SAS we welcome total beginners, experienced observers, or those with an interest in a particular topic, such as variable stars, comets, aurora or meteors.

Regular Lectures

The 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.

Meetings are free and anyone with an interest in astronomy is welcome to attend, whether a Member of the Society or not. Lecturers come from a wide range of backgrounds, all with specialist knowledge in their chosen subject. There is also the opportunity to chat with members informally over tea and coffee.



Evening Classes

The Society regularly runs a series of Evening Classes in Stirling. These are open to anyone over 11 years old with an interest in Astronomy and topics vary in each course, covering all the basic information to develop a good understanding of modern astronomy. Classes run once a month on Thursday evenings at the Stirling Highland Hotel (click here for map),Spittal Street, 7:00 to 9:00pm.

The current evening classes will start in October and run to March, on 1st Thursday of the month in the Highland Hotel, £5.00 per meeting,(members of SAS have a £10.00 discount,. If you would like to take part or learn more about the classes, please Contact Us.





In recent years the Society has received two awards from the National Lottery under the Awards for All scheme. The funds have been used to acquire a wide range of observing and teaching equipment to encourage interest in Astronomy in the Stirling area. Also, the Society has the use of a 12.5 inch reflecting telescope, built in 1889 and located on the roof of the Stirling Highland Hotel.

Members also hold informal meetings on the last Friday of each month to discuss recent developments and observations.




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