Meetings: 6:30pm till about 8:30pm, first Monday of the month at Sydney Observatory.
Founded in 1895, this is the 120th anniversary of this, the second oldest operating astronomical group in Australia. We encourage new members and no experience is necessary! The group provides an opportunity for those interested in astronomy to share and broaden their interest in the sky. People at all levels are catered for – from beginners to serious amateur astronomers. Whether you want to listen to a lecture, present your own findings or discuss serious observing through a telescope, this is the club for you. Meetings are held on the first Monday of most months and usually begin with a guest speaker, followed by brief reports on solar activity and other astronomical observations made during the month by club members. Some meetings are dedicated to telescope viewing. There is a charge to cover the cost of a light supper – $2 for members; $5 for non-members. Bookings are not required. Meetings conclude around 8:30pm.
Annual membership is $40 for lots of great benefits ($65 for family membership).Non-members are welcome to attend two meetings before deciding whether to become a member. You can join Sydney City Skywatchers on the evening or take home a membership form.
CELEBRATORY SKY WATCHERS’ DINNER: Friday 13 March 2015, 7pm, 120 years of astronomy.Tickets on sale now at meeting 2 February!
Craig Anderson, Doctoral Candidate, The University of Sydney.
Bio: Craig Anderson is a 33 year old PhD student working at the University of Sydney. Craig completed his bachelors degree in science in 2003. Following this, he worked for CSIRO in their Minerals division for 6 years, all the while cultivating a lifelong passion for both amateur and professional astronomy. In 2009 he returned to the University of Sydney to study honours level physics, and to undertake research into the processes that trigger the feeding of super-massive black holes in large galaxies. In 2010, he was awarded an Australian Laureate Scholarship to undertake a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Bryan Gaensler and Dr. Ilana Feain. Craig’s PhD thesis involves using one of Australia’s most powerful radio telescopes to study magnetic fields in the structures in and around galaxies containing super-massive black holes. When he’s not working on his research, Craig can be found at Sydney Observatory, eye glued to the eyepiece, indulging his obsession while helping others to make astronomy theirs.
SYDNEY CITY SKYWATCHERS – FOUNDED IN 1895