Lecture Weds 5th Oct - Prof Jose Groh (TCD) - "Live fast and die hard: the evolution and death of massive stars”

Prof Jose Groh
“Live fast and die hard: the evolution and death of massive stars”
Stars more massive than 8 Suns end their lives in dramatic supernova explosions. But before dying, these monster stars have tumultuous lives when they blow winds, suffer giant eruptions, and interact with companion stars. In this talk, Prof. Jose Groh (TCD) will give an overview on the fast lives of the most massive stars in the Universe and how they evolve. He will also discuss the roles of massive, monster stars as cosmic engines of the Universe.

Opening Lecture Weds 21st September - Prof Alan Fitzsimmons - "Sungrazing Comets - Falling Into Hell"

Prof Alan Fitzsimmons
This year's season opener features a return visit to the IAA by Prof Alan Fitzsimmons of QUB's Astrophysics Research Centre on the subject of "Sungrazing Comets - Falling Into Hell". Alan is one of our greatest supporters and most popular speakers and has given us many superb lectures over a period measured in decades. This once again promises to be an excellent start to our new lecture season. 

"Images of Starlight" exhibition 2nd August - 30th Sept Linenhall Library

Aurora Borealis, Ballygally, Co Antrim
The Irish Astronomical Association (IAA), in conjunction with the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies (IFAS) and the Irish Astronomical Society (IAS), presents "Images of Starlight", a highly regarded exhibition of the best astronomical photographs taken by amateur astronomers throughout Ireland.
See coverage of the launch on NVTV here from 18.42 onwards....

IAA Solar Day, WWT, Castle Espie - Sun 7th Aug 2pm - 5pm

The next popular IAA solar outreach day will be on Sunday 7th August from 2:00 to 5:00. All the usual attractions - solar observing if clear, telescope display, meteorites to handle, exhibition of space & astronomy items and of course the ever popular starshows in the Stardome, courtesy of Armagh Planetarium. Shows will run at 2:00, 2:45, 3:30 and 4:15 and tickets are bookable at the reception desk at Castle Espie

Monday 9th May - Mercury Transit Observing & Talk

Observing outside QUB

On Monday 9th May there will be a rare Transit of Mercury. This occurs when Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, passes between the Earth and The Sun - usually it will pass above or below but on rare occasions like this it will go directly in between and will be visible against The Sun for several hours as it makes its passage across.