Solar Eclipse 20th March 2015 - Observing Events

Partial Solar Eclipse - Paul Evans 2009



On the morning of 20th March 2015 the North Atlantic Ocean will experience a Solar Eclipse. Along a narrow path through the ocean, making landfall in only two places, The Faroe Islands and Svalbard, the eclipse will be Total. Throughout the UK and Ireland there will be a Deep Partial Eclipse of the Sun peaking at around 09:30. At this time approximately 93.1% of the Sun will be obscured in Belfast, and a little more, 94.4%, will be obscured on the North Coast.


Lecture: 18th March 7:30pm QUB - Paul Evans - "The Deep Partial Solar Eclipse of 20th March 2015"

Paul Evans with the Saturn V rocket

Past President of the IAA Paul Evans is a veteran of three Total Solar Eclipses, a failed observation of an Annular Eclipse and has observed a good number of Partial Eclipses including a 97% one. Here he'll explain how it all works, what we'll be seeing and how to go about seeing as much as possible as safely as possible!


The lecture is free and open to all, including free refreshments. Venue: Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Queen's University, Belfast, at 7.30 p.m. 

Lecture: 4th March - Dr John Mason - "Mysteries of the Aurora"

Dr John Mason at the IAA
Dr John Mason is a former President of the British Astronomical Association, and a full member of the International Astronomical Union. He has given us many lectures over the years, all of them superb! He knows ‘everything about everything’ in astronomy.
Next to a Total Solar Eclipse, a good aurora is probably the most spectacular sight in the sky. They have been recorded since antiquity, and they are only about 50 miles above out heads, yet there’s a lot we don’t know about them. 

IAA at NI Science Festival 26th -28th Feb

The Sun in Hydrogen Alpha Light
Thurs 26th - Sat 28th Feb. 10.00 - 19.00 each day - Hands-On Digital with the BBC .
The BBC Blackstaff Studios, Gt Victoria St Belfast, are offering a free chance to experience the latest in Digital technology, including IAA Secretary Tony Kempston and his amazing Oculus Rift Virtual Tour of the Solar System and the rest of the universe. You HAVE to try this out! No tickets needed, but it will be First Come First served for each event.

Lecture: 18th Feb, 7.30 p.m. by Dr Jorick Vink, Armagh Observatory: "Star Formation in the Milky Way and in the early Universe"

Dr Jorick Vink
We are delighted to have Jorick back again to give another of his excellent lectures. Jorick is a Senior Research Astronomer at Armagh, specialising in very massive stars and star formation. This is a fascinating subject, as we are constantly discovering older and older stars, including one which had a nominal age older than that of the universe itself. But within the error bars of the estimate, it just fell within the estimated age of the universe, which is 13.8 billion years.