A virtual Festival this year, and runs from the 4th to the 9th September 2020
The Astronomy programme runs as follows
September 4 → 7:30 pm ─ 8:30 pm
Moray’s astronomy club SIGMA hosts a visit from Prof. Ken Rice of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh and welcome you to join them and hear about the remarkable speed of discovery of extrasolar planets, or exoplanets.
September 4 → 10:00 pm ─ 10:45 pm
Join Eric Walker – live – to find out what to look for tonight, weather permitting. “It’s for absolute beginners,” he says, “It’s for naked eye viewing and commonly available binoculars – no telescopes required.” Eric, who’s chair of the Highlands Astronomical Society, will present the sky view as it would be seen from North Ronaldsay. He says that he’d be interested to hear from everyone, wherever they are, about what they’re looking out for in the night sky tonight.
September 5 → 1:00 pm ─ 1:45 pm
Eric Walker tells how to find the Triangle and the Plough in the night sky (one of three 5-minute slots)
September 6 → 1:00 pm ─ 1:45 pm
Eric Walker shows you how to find Navigation Stars (one of three 5-minute slots)
September 7 → 1:00 pm ─ 1:45 pm
Eric Walker speaks about “The Wanderers” in the night sky (one of three 5-minute slots)
September 8 → 1:00 pm ─ 1:45 pm
Eric Walker will tell us where to find the Ash of Yggdrasill in the night sky (one of three 5-minute slots)
September 8 → 7:00 pm ─ 8:00 pm
Aberdeen Astronomical Society welcomes you to join them for Neville Brown’s account of the building of the three great observatories of Yerkes, Mount Wilson and Palomar and the driving force behind them – the American astronomer George Ellery Hale. At Mount Wilson he hired and encouraged Edwin Hubble, and he himself discovered magnetic fields in sunspots.
September 9 → 1:00 pm ─ 1:45 pm
Eric Walker will tell us where to find Clusters and Clouds in the night sky (one of three 5-minute slots)