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The ASNSW holds two meetings in most months, on Friday evenings nearest Full Moon. At least one of the meetings will have a guest speaker who is a professional astronomer or other qualified specialist, discussing leading-edge developments in astronomy. The other meeting sometimes has members making presentations of their own observations, research or activities. In 2017, one general meeting is scheduled, also on a Friday night: the Annual General Meeting (25th August 2017). The Astroimaging Section meets separately, with meeting information on the Astroimaging & Committee Meetings page.

List of Past Speakers

Forthcoming Meetings
 | August 2017 | September 2017 | October 2017 | November 2017 | February 2018 | March 2018 | April 2018 | May 2018 | June 2018 | July 2018 | August 2018 | September 2018 | October 2018 | November 2018 |

Friday 4th August 2017 - 8:00pm
Topic:  A new look at a 90 years old problem: the 3D shape of galaxies
Speaker: Dr Caroline Foster, AAO/Sydney University
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: While complex, the process of galaxy formation throughout cosmic time has led to recognisably distinct types of galaxy structures. Projection effects and limited sample sizes have so far prevented reliable measurements of the true 3D or intrinsic shape of galaxies. With the advent of new technologies, the data are now at hand for this fundamental property of galaxies to be measured robustly. I will present recent breakthroughs to the 90 years old puzzle of galaxy intrinsic shapes emerging from the Australian-led Sydney-AAO Multi Integral field (or SAMI) survey.
Biography: I am an extragalactic astronomer and currently an ASTRO3D Fellow at the University of Sydney. I did my PhD at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia. I am originally from Québec (la belle province), Canada where I did both my Bsc in physics and math and my Msc in astrophysics at Bishops University.

Friday 25th August 2017 - 8:00pm
Topic: Siriously, a cluster hidden by the brightest star in the sky
Speaker: Dr Jeffrey Simpson, AAO
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: The Gaia satellite will revolutionise our view of the Galaxy by providing the positions and motions of over a billion stars. It has many advantages over ground-based surveys which make it an excellent tool for discovering new stellar clusters. Already it has been used to discover a cluster that is only 10 arcminutes from Sirius. Using the Anglo-Australian Telescope, I have been observing this cluster. I will also discuss other small clusters that I have been studying with the phone number-esque names of ESO452-SC11 and ESO280-SC06, both of which turned out to have very interesting properties that were unknown before we pointed the Anglo-Australian Telescope at them.
Biography: Dr Jeffrey Simpson is a research fellow at the Australian Astronomical Observatory. He studies stellar clusters in the Milky Way, exploring the chemical abundances of their stars to try and understand the formation of these groups of stars. He gained his PhD at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and then after a brief postdoc at Macquarie University has been at the AAO for about 2 years. He is an active member of the GALAH Survey and helps people use the HERMES and AAOmega spectrograph.

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Friday 1st September 2017 - 8:00pm
Topic: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: Presentation of annual reports and election of office bearers and committee

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Friday 6th October 2017 - 8:00pm
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Friday 27th October 2017 - 8:00pm
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Friday 3rd November 2017 - 8:00pm
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Friday 23rd February 2018 - 8:00pm
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Friday 2nd March 2018 - 8:00pm
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Friday 23rd March 2018 - 8:00pm
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Friday 20th April 2018 - 8:00pm
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Friday 27th April 2018 - 8:00pm
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Friday 18th May 2018 - 8:00pm
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Only one meeting in May due to room availability.

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Friday 22nd June 2018 - 8:00pm
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Friday 29th June 2018 - 8:00pm
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Friday 20th July 2018 - 8:00pm
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Friday 27th July 2018 - 8:00pm
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Friday 17th August 2018 - 8:00pm
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Friday 24th August 2018 - 8:00pm
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Friday 14th September 2018 - 8:00pm
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Friday 21st September 2018 - 8:00pm
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Friday 12th October 2018 - 8:00pm
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Friday 19th October 2018 - 8:00pm
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Friday 16th November 2018 - 8:00pm
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