Solar Observing for Sunday August 19th is ON, Visitors Welcome

18 08 2018

Hi All,
Solar observing is open to all, Visitors are always welcome.
We meet near the observatory at St. Ignatius College, Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview (Lane Cove), starting at 11am
At the roundabout go straight into the College, go to the far end of the Oval on the Left.
We will be on the grassed area.

Solar Observing has been very bad of late as the Sun Spot Cycle is near to the Minimum.
There has not been very much to see for months now.
I am considering suspending Solar Viewing until the Sun Spot Count and other activity increases.
I would appreciate your comments.

Regards,
Phil Angilley
Observing Officer NSAS
02 9939 7319
0488 120 178
pangilley @ bigpond.com





NSAS General Meeting for August; special speaker

11 08 2018

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

Our speaker this month is Prof. Paul Francis, ANU Distinguished Educator, Astrophysicist. He will speak on “Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe”. 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) with our guest speaker and other members.

As usual, visitors are most welcome!

Cheers
David Wallace

P.S. Just a reminder that this Saturday (11th August, i.e. tomorrow night) is a member only viewing night.

Abstract
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When you hear astronomers talking on the TV, we like to boast about all the things we’ve discovered. But in reality, we know very little about our universe. In this talk I’ll highlight some of the greatest things we don’t know. I will include some of the huge famous mysteries, such as why the Big Bang happened, what the universe is made of, and whether there is life in space. But I’ll also talk about some of the less well known mysteries, such as comet tails far from the Sun, how Quasars shine, and mysterious space blobs.





Observing for Saturday August 11th is ON, Members only

10 08 2018

Hi All,

The weather for Saturday Night the 11th of August is looking Good, some early cloud, then clearing, 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 5:00PM, so see you there.

Regards,
Phil Angilley
Observing Officer NSAS

02 9939 7319
0488 120 178
pangilley @ bigpond.com





Living Universe

5 08 2018

Hi everyone

We don’t normally advertise or sponsor non-NSAS events but the following new Australian film coming out next week will be of interest to some members.

David Stevenson

Website: https://www.livinguniverse.com.au/

It’s called the Living Universe and set for release on August 9th.

The film is a spectacular interstellar adventure searching for life on another planet. Narrated by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, the film follows the journey of a starship to an exoplanet; set in the future and piloted by artificial intelligence voiced by astrophysicist Professor Tamara Davis. The speculative voyage is presented alongside interviews with the world’s top scientific visionaries, drawing from their expertise to offer insights into our collective future exploring deep space. We ask them: How do we get there? What will we find? And what will it mean for humanity if there is proof we are not alone?

The film has the most stunning footage of space and some of the most amazing CGI animation you will ever see on a big screen. We made the film with the intention to inspire a whole new generation to look to the stars and marvel and what they might hold. I wanted to get in contact to invite you and your members to attend one of our upcoming limited season screenings.

Here is a link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tembdbhPJ_c&feature=youtu.be

And a link to our website where you can get tickets and more info about the screenings: https://www.livinguniverse.com.au/

We have an amazing Q&A event with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki on the 24th at the Orpheum!

We’d love for as many people passionate about space and physics as possible to hear about the film so it would be amazing if you were able to forward the info about the film onto your members so they know what we’re all about! Any exposure is greatly appreciated as we know that you guys are the people on the ground who are the most passionate about space.

If you want any more information or have any questions please send them through or feel free to give me a call. We also have a whole bunch of amazing digital and social assets, if you were interested in sharing any of those on your social media.





Observing for Saturday August 4th is ON, Visitor Welcome

4 08 2018

Hi All,

The weather for Saturday Night the 4th of August is looking Great, therefore the Night is ON.
This is a Visitor Welcome night, so I hope to see some new faces.
I will open the gate about 5:00PM, so see you there.

Regards,
Phil Angilley
Observing Officer NSAS

02 9939 7319

0488 120 178
pangilley @ bigpond.com