Lecture Weds 6th March - Prof Brian Espey (TCD) - "Protecting the night sky from light pollution" & Mary McKeown (MUDC) Davagh Forest Dark Sky Park

Prof Brian Espey

We are very pleased to welcome one of Ireland's top experts on light pollution, Prof Brian Espey, and Mary McKeown from Mid Ulster District Council for this double-headed talk.

Brian Espey is an Associate Professor in Astrophysics in the School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin. He received a B.A. (Mod) Experimental Physics from Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin in 1983, and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Cambridge in 1990.

Lecture - Weds 20th February - Dr Jorick Vink (AOP) - "Women in Astronomy: from the Maunder Mininum, to Leavitt and Hubble's expanding Universe"

Dr Jorick Vink
We are delighted to have Dr Jorick Vink back to talk to us again. He describes his lecture here in his own words.....
"I will start with a discussion about the role of the Maunder Minumum, a period 300 years ago when the Sun underwent a phase during which Sunspots were hardly seen at all.
This observation is of great importance for understanding not only the Sun and the Stars, but also the climate on Earth.

IAA New Year Lecture and demo, 9th Jan: ‘Everything you wanted to know about Telescopes’ Dr Andy McCrea

Dr Andy McCrea

By Dr Andy McCrea  Andy needs no introduction: as proprietor of North Down Telescopes, for many years he has been supplying amateur and professional astronomers throughout Ireland with all sorts of astronomical equipment from a complete observatory down to an eyepiece or filter. He’s also an accomplished astro-imager, with many excellent photos in Stardust and our exhibitions to his credit. If there’s anything he doesn’t know about telescopes, binoculars and astrophotography, it’s not worth knowing!