Lunar Eclipse Saturday 28th July, starting 4:30 AM, is ON at Terrey Hills

27 07 2018

Hi All,

I have had several people interested in setting up at Terrey Hills on Saturday morning.
This will be a very good location to view the Lunar Eclipse and Blood Red Moon.
I will open the gates at 4:30 AM on Saturday.
Please contact me directly if you are interested, pangilley @ bigpond.com ( no spaces )

Regards,
Phil Angilley

02 9939 7319
0488 120 178





Lunar Eclipse Saturday 28th July, starting 4:30 AM

27 07 2018

Hi All,

Just a reminder that the Lunar Eclipse and Blood Red Moon will occur on Saturday Morning.
If anyone is interested in setting up at Terrey Hills I will be there, otherwise I will setup closer to home.
Please contact me directly if you are interested, pangilley @ bigpond.com ( no spaces )

Regards,
Phil Angilley

02 9939 7319
0488 120 178





NSAS Activities

26 07 2018

We have added an Activities web page to the NSAS website. It lists upcoming and past activities.
Feedback welcome. Additional content extremely welcome.
See NSAS Activities
Dave Wallace





Telescopes needed for Astronomy at the Calyx, Botanical Gardens Tuesday 31st July

25 07 2018

Hi All,

NSAS has provided telescopes at the Calyx in the Botanical gardens for their Astronomy in the Park nights.
The night begins with a Lecture, usually be Angel Lopez-Sanchez, who has given us a lecture or two at the society meetings.
Angel is currently overseas on business and cannot get back for the next night.

I need 2 people, with telescopes, to help next Tuesday, 31st July, from about 6 PM to 9 PM.
This is a great opportunity for us to promote the activities of the NSAS to the public.

There are normally about 100 people attending these night.
After the lecture, the group is split into 2 groups, one at the Telescopes and the other for a Talk about Aboriginal Astronomy.
After a while the two groups swop over.

Please contact me directly if you can help pangilley @ bigpond.com ( no spaces )

Regards,
Phil Angilley

02 9939 7319

0488 120 178





Castle Cove Public School Astronomy Night in Science week Fri 17 August

18 07 2018

Hi All,

NSAS will again provide Telescopes for the School Astronomy Night in Science week.
The date is Friday 17th August 2018, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM.
I past years we have been able to provide 6 to 8 telescopes for about 3 hours of viewing for the school children.
If you would be able to help on the night please send me an email directly, pangilley @ bigpond.com ( no spaces )

Regards,
Phil Angilley
Observing Officer NSAS
9939 7319

0448 120 178





Observing for Saturday July 14th is ON, Members only

14 07 2018

Hi All,

The weather for Saturday Night the 14th of July is looking Great, therefore the Night is ON.
This is a Members only night, so I hope to see some new faces.
I will open the gate about 4:30PM, so see you there.

Regards,
Phil Angilley

02 9939 7319

0488 120 178





NSAS General Meeting for July; special speaker

7 07 2018

The NSAS General Meeting for July will be on Tuesday the 17th July at 7:30 PM at Regis Hall, Regis Campus, St Ignatius College, Lane Cove.

Our speaker this month is Tibor Molnar. He is an Honorary Associate of the Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney. Tibor teaches Philosophy and Science at the university’s Centre for Continuing Education and the WEA. Tibor’s enthusiasm for Science in all its forms is well reflected in his presentation style. See the abstract below.

We will keep the new meeting format. Just a short meeting starting at 7:30 to discuss NSAS matters, then straight into our guest speaker’s presentation. This will be followed by tea and coffee where you can socialise (and talk astronomy/philosophy) with our guest speaker and other members.

As usual, visitors are most welcome!

Cheers
David Wallace

P.S. Just a reminder that this Saturday (7th June, i.e. tonight) is a member and visitor viewing night. There will be a member only viewing night next Saturday (14th July). The next solar observing will be on Sunday 19th August.

Abstract
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With ever-more-powerful instruments, we peer further and further into the unknown. And much of what we find is “unknown”: novel, unexpected, surprising. Indeed, this is what makes Science interesting and exciting – especially astronomy and cosmology. It is also what makes Science difficult. While technologically challenging, observation is the easy part. Description is even easier: a blue dot here; a red flash there; a vibration here; a difference there; etc. The hard part is the interpretation of what we see – the ‘making sense’ of patterns, correlations and invariances in our empirical data.

And not only is ‘making sense’ hard; it is, strictly speaking, not even scientific – observations/experiments don’t come with instructions for how to make sense of them. Rather, to the chagrin of many scientists, ‘making sense’ is a metaphysical issue… and metaphysics is something that scientists eschew with a passion!

In the absence of metaphysics, their preferred tool-of-choice is mathematics – the so-called “language of Science”. Produce the correct mathematical formulation, scientists say, and all is explained! Well, not so. Mathematics is powerful, but it is inadequate/unsuitable for the task of ‘making sense’. Mathematics can describe patterns and correlations, but it cannot make sense of them. Mathematics can describe relations between observations, but it cannot determine what those observations are of.

We all expect – nay, even demand – that Science ‘make sense’. In this presentation, Tibor Molnar explores this problem of ‘making sense’, and offers a little “Analytic Philosophy” to help achieve it.