[Updated 9th March] West Kintyre Stargazers are holding their March event at the Dark Sky spot of The Putechan Hotel in Bellochantuy on 10th March at 5pm.
The guest speaker for the event will be Alison Craigon from the University of Strathclyde, talking on astrochemistry: Revealing the Nature of Star-Forming Regions.
Who would have thought that interstellar dust is crucial to our very existence? Yet without it, some of the simplest molecules couldn’t form.
In her talk, Alison Craigon will explain how molecules form in space and what observing them can tell us about the dramatic process of star-formation.
She will share her experiences of travelling to some of the world’s largest telescopes in Hawaii, Japan and Spain to observe these interstellar molecules and reveal the nature of newly-formed stars.
Alison Craigon graduated from St Andrews University with a masters degree in Astrophysics in 2006. Her PhD thesis on ‘The Morphology and Kinematics of Star Forming Regions’ is due to be completed this year.
She is an active member of the Astronomical Society of Glasgow – and has recently been involved in the BBC Stargazing Live event at the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow where 4,500 people of all ages came to find out about space and look at the stars.
A hot buffet supper will be available after the talk.