Next Society Meeting:
14th Oct 2016
Speaker -Colin McInnes
Tabby's Star, Dyson spheres , Extra-terrestrial intelligence

When the Kepler spacecraft detected the curious light curve of Tabby's star (KIC 8462852) speculation was rife as to its source - from a cloud of giant comets to a partly assembled Dyson sphere. This talk will speculate on engineering and on length-scales and then consider how thinking about such ventures can provide new insights for SETI.
Bio: Colin McInnes is James Watt Chair, Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Glasgow. His research interests include spacecraft, solar cell propulsion and advanced space concepts.He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Academy of Engineering and a member of the Scottish Government's Science Advisory Council.

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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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