AAS

Our inaugural meeting was on the 8th Nov 2010 and we officially formed in Feb 2011.
AAS holds monthly meetings, often with guest speakers.

All guests are welcome!
No knowledge necessary, just a curious mind.

We are able to provide assistance with setting up your telescope or just helping to find your way around the night sky.

We host discussions on subjects as varied as "finding your way around the sky" to "Dark Energy".

Come along and get a new perspective on the universe in which you live!

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Meeting Monday 10th February – back to basics series

Nick Busby

Making sense of information – Modern astronomy, both professional and amateur has data processing at its heart.  Observatories such as LIGO and the  Atacama Large Millimeter Array down to a humble webcam taking pictures of the moon in a backyard all rely on very sophisticated data processing techniques.  A radio telescope is capable of producing a data stream greater than that of the entire global internet and even an amateur taking astrophotographs can generate files many 10s of gigabytes in size, how can we handle such vast amounts of data and produce a useful output?  The same technology is used in mobile phones and digital cameras and in fact in many more places than most people realise.

This talk will explain the basics of how data is handled and processed in non-mathematical language.  There will also be some practical demonstrations.

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