Lecture Programme 2016-17

The lecture programme is held in association with the School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen's University Belfast.
It runs from September until the end of April and is held in the Bell Lecture Theatre in the Physics Building, main campus, Queen's University, Belfast. Meetings start at 7.30pm sharp and consist of a short talk given by one of our members followed by the main lecture, usually given by a Professional Astronomer.
The lecture over, light refreshments are available free of charge. At this time members are free to mix and discuss the latest astronomical news and events. The meeting finishes at 10.00pm. Non-members are also welcome to attend!
Dr Ernst de Mooij taking questions - Dec 2014


IAA Lecture Programme 2016 - 17

Sep 21st: Prof Alan Fitzsimmons "Sungrazing Comets: Falling Into Hell"

Oct 5th: Dr Jose Groh (Asst Prof, TCD) "Live fast and die hard: the evolution and death of massive stars”
Oct 19th: Dr Morgan Fraser (UCD) "Gaia: Mapping the Milky Way and Beyond from Space"
Nov 2nd: Dr David Malone "How we tell the time"
Nov 16th: Members Night: Paul Evans: Beginners astrophotography'; Eleanor Edwards: 'The Space Academy'
Nov 30th: Dr Wes Fraser:  "Recent space exploration: small guys take the spotlight"
Dec 14th: Aoife McCloskey TCD, "Sunspots and Solar Flares: How can we forecast space weather?"


Jan 4th: Prof Mike Burton, Director Armagh Observatory & Planetarium (AOP) "Explorers of the Galaxy"
Jan 7th: New Year Party
Jan 18th: Dr Kate Maguire "Cosmic Lighthouses: Supernovae and the Dark Universe".
Feb 1st Dr Mike Simms, Ulster Museum "All Craters Great and Small"
Feb 15th: Dr Michele Bannister, QUB "Icy Wonders of the Outer Solar System"
Feb 22nd: Joint IAA/BGS meeting: Prof Sanjeev Gupta (ICL) 'Exploring the Red Planet: Adventures of the Curiousity Rover"  Note, this is an extra date in the Calendar for NI Science Week.
Mar 1st: Dr Katja Poppenhaeger, QUB: "Exotic worlds: planets in other solar systems and what they might look like".
Mar 15th:  Dr Cosimo Inserra of QUB, "Building bridges to the mysteries of our Universe with the brightest cosmic explosions"
Mar 29th: Dr Henry Joy McCracken, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris. "The Euclid Mission: finding out what dark matter and dark energy really are"
April 12th: AGM





IAA Lecture Programme 2015 – 16 


Sep 23: Leo Enright: ‘Pluto, New Horizons, and the Edgeworth (Kuiper) Belt’

Oct 07: Terry Moseley -  "Our Sun: Friend or Foe?"

Oct 21: David Shayler, FBIS – “The Astronomer Astronauts”

Nov 4: Dr Maria Cullen, DCU: – “Anazoeing Mars"

Nov 18: Brian MacGabhann, GAC: “On the Shoulders of Giants; The Story of Our Quest to Understand the Cosmos”.

Dec 02: Prof Susan McKenna-Lawlor, NUIM, STIL: “Rosetta Mission, its Philae Lander, and the First Irish Satellite”

Dec 16: Tony Drennan (former IAA Pres) “ Sherlock Holmes, Pocahontas, and the Star Atlas with no stars”


Jan 02: IAA New Year Party, Comber. Details later.


Jan 06: Dr David Asher, Armagh Obs. "When Earth encounters interplanetary matter: bananas, wings and Totoro"

Jan 20: Dr Heather Cegla, QUB: ‘Earthlike Exoplanets’.

Feb 03: Prof Mihalis Mathioudakis: "What we'll learn from the biggest solar telescope in the world"

Feb 17: Prof Andy Shearer, NUIG: “What we don’t know (Dark Energy and Dark Matter)”

Mar 02: Dr Nick Howes “The Biggest Telescope in the World” (ALMA)

Mar 16: Michael O’Connell, MAC: "The Antikythera Mechanism: The World's Oldest Computer".

Mar 30: Kevin Nolan (The Planetary Society) “An Emerging Cosmic Perspective

Apr 13: AGM + ??


Lecture Programme 2014
Sep 24th: Leo Enright: "Latest Science Results from Rosetta at the Comet"
Oct 8th: Prof Don Kurtz: "The Kepler Mission: Exoplanets and Asteroseismology"
Oct 22nd: Prof Lawrence Krauss: "Cosmic connections: from the Big Bang to life on Earth"
NB: this will be held in the Larmor Lecture Theatre, Physics, QUB.
Nov 5th: Prof Andy Shearer: "Big Telescopes, New Detectors, Fast Processing: the new era in astronomy"
Nov 19th: Dr Mike Simms  "What meteorites tell us about the early Solar System" 

Dec 3rd: Prof Tom Ray: "The Einstein Lens and a Tale of Two Eclipses"
Dec 17th: Dr Ernst De Mooij  (QUB) : Characterising the atmospheres of exoplanets


Lecture Programme 2015
Jan 3rd: New Year Party, details in form here....

Jan 7th: John Flannery (IAS) - "The Sky by Eye – How to Rediscover the Soul of Astronomy"

Jan 21st: Prof Alan Fitzsimmons: "Rosetta: The Final Picture of a Comet"
Feb 4th: Tom O'Donoghue: "
Astrophotography: From Single Pane to Mega-mosaic"
Feb 18th: 
Dr Jorick Vink - "Star Formation in the Milky Way and in the early Universe" (Note change of lecture)
Mar 4th: Dr John Mason: "Mysteries of the Aurora"
Mar 18th: Paul Evans: "The Deep Partial Solar Eclipse of 20th March 2015"
April 1st: Dr Kate Russo and Terry Moseley: "The March 20 Total Solar Eclipse - What we saw"
April 15th: AGM.