Ancient Indian Astronomy

26 03 2017

For those that enjoyed Krishan’s talk, I have uploaded a copy of his slides onto the NSAS website. Look for the “Lecture Notes” link under the Media/Links tab.
For those who are lazy, click here.
Dave W.


22 03 2017

For those that are interested, a video of the NSAS 2016 Christmas BBQ has been uploaded to the NSAS website. See link under Media/Links.
Dave W.

Visitor Observing for Tonight March 18th is OFF.

18 03 2017

With predictions of cloud cover up to 90%, and 65% likely-hood of showers, we’ve missed out again.
Lawrie Webb.

NSAS General Meeting for March; special speaker

9 03 2017

The NSAS General Meeting for March will be on Tuesday the 21st at 7:30 PM at Regis Hall, Regis Campus, St Ignatius College, Lane Cove.

Fred Watson is our special treat as speaker this month.  Many of you will have seen him on TV or in person, and know that he never disappoints.  His subject for us is:

Build an Observatory! A nineteenth century global imperative.

Why do so many of the world’s great cities house ageing astronomical institutions within their limits? From Marseilles to Melbourne, from Paris to Pulkovo, the unmistakable architecture of a nineteenth century observatory is easily discovered by visitors. In this talk, Fred Watson explores the reasons for this ubiquitous astronomical presence while taking a tour of some of the leading representatives. He also reveals some of the more outlandish examples of the genre, and the extraordinary characters who built them.

FRED WATSON comes from a long line of Freds, but was the first in his family to become a scientist. He has been an astronomer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory since 1995, and is best known for his radio and TV broadcasts, talks, and other outreach programs, which earned him the 2006 Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science. He has written a number of popular astronomy books, and has both a science-themed CD and an award-winning symphony libretto to his name. Fred was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. He has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won’t be his fault.

As usual, guests are most welcome!

Solar Observing for Today, 5th March is OFF.

5 03 2017

If you were hoping to see the Sun today, may I suggest NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory website.
Lawrie Webb.