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13 January 2015
Planned CAG Events for 2015 - It's going to be a busy year!

Here's the planned CAG events for 2015. Note that some dates are yet to be confirmed.

Fri 23rd January - Members workshop

Fri 20th February - "The Hunters Hidden Gems" - join the CAG Chairman for a tour of the constellation of Orion and a selection of the stunning celestial objects present within that area of the sky.

Fri 13th March - Join CAG members to find out how to go about "Observing and Imaging Eclipses". Essential preparation for the partial Solar Eclipse that will be visible on the morning of 20th March.

Sat 14th March - Caithness Astronomy Group AGM - 2pm at Caithness Horizons, Thurso

Fri 20th March - Solar Eclipse observing session. 8.30-11am. Location to be advised.

Sat 28th March - Earth Hour event with Highland Council Countryside Rangers - 8.15pm at Newtonhill Croft, Wick Seadrift Centre, Dunnet Beach at 7pm

Thurs 23th April - "Mercury, the swift-footed messenger, as seen through Messenger’s eyes" - in this talk Pauline Macrae of the Highlands Astronomical Society will tell us about the latest findings of the Messenger spacecraft and what it tells us about the nearest planet to our Sun.

Fri 29th May - Members workshop

Friday 14th August (8pm till late) - "Turning to the Dark Side" - Dave Jones of the RSPB will kick off the evening with a talk about wildlife that becomes active and thrives after dark. This will be followed by a guide to the sights visible in the local dark skies by Caithness Astronomy Group. The evening will be rounded off by a short session spotting Perseid meteors and possibly some of the critters that appear as darkness falls.

Wed 2nd Sept - "2020 Vision: The Future of Astronomical Telescopes" - in this talk Professor Martin Hendry from the University of Glasgow will look at the enormous scientific potential of the next generation of telescopes, and preview some of the biggest questions that astronomers might be tackling in 2020 and beyond.

Fri 2nd October - "The Light of Other Worlds - Exoplanets and the Search for ET" - in this talk Dr Duncan Forgan of the University of St Andrews will describe how astronomers, physicists, chemists, geologists and biologists are teaming up to search for life on other planets, and to look for signs of intelligent life.

Fri 13th November - Talk by CAG member Mike Lunan on the outer ice giants Uranus and Neptune

Fri 11th December - CAG Members "Meteors & Mince Pies" event

All events are at 7pm in Castlehill Heritage Centre unless stated otherwise. Events are free and open to the general public to attend unless specified as Members events.

The events in blue text are part of the scheduled local events that will celebrate the International Year of Light.

Remember to check back on this website before the event to get confirmation of details as they are subject to change.


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