22nd January - IAA Lecture -“NI Space: Developing the Space Sector and Opportunities in the Province” by Robert Hill, Northern Ireland Space Office

Robert Hill speaking at Armagh Planetarium
InvestNI, the Regional Business Development Agency for Northern Ireland, has appointed Robert Hill as the Space Sector Industry Champion to the province.
 
Robert's role will be to assist InvestNI in advancing sectoral knowledge and development of opportunities for NI companies to become involved in upstream and downstream space sector activities.
 

9th January - BBC Stargazing Live - Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra

Folk Museum Starscape

A change of venue for this event - to The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra. Running from 5pm-10pm, this evening includes a full range of events - see the night sky through telescopes guided by expert members of the IAA, Stardome shows provided by the IAA and Armagh Planetarium, ask questions of professional astronomers from QUB, comet making and activities by W5 and others!

The full programme of events is available as a PDF download here....http://documents.irishastro.org.uk/sgl2014.pdf

8th January - IAA Lecture - "The Origin of the Elements: Stars, Supernovae and the Big Bang", by Dr Stuart Sim, QUB.

Dr Stuart Sim

Supernovae are just about the biggest explosions in the universe, and certainly the biggest that we are ever likely to see. Not only that, but they create all the elements above iron in the periodic table, many of which, such as nickel, zinc, selenium, and iodine, are essential for human life. They are also the key element in the 'distance ladder' used in large scale astrophysics and cosmology, as they are used to measure the distance to distant galaxies and galaxy clusters.

7th January - 2014 Moon/Jupiter watch at QUB

QUB Moonwatch

The IAA and the Astrophysics Research Centre at QUB are proud to announce a “Moon & Jupiter Watch” on Tuesday 7 January 2014 in association with BBC Stargazing Live 2014. Come along after dark to the front of the iconic Lanyon building at Queen's, and use one of the telescopes there to view our nearest neighbour, the moon, before we turn our attention to catch the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter, as it rises later in the evening.

In the event of cloudy skies, a lecture on Aurorae will take place in the Larmor Theatre.

IAA lecture, 11th December. Leo Enright: "Making History: a guide to the next four days, as China lands on the Moon".

China has announced major plans for a lunar base and further exploration of the Moon. Right now, their advanced Lunar Rover is on its way there, due to land on Saturday.
 
The Irish Astronomical Association is delighted to announced that renowned space expert, writer and broadcaster, Leo Enright, will give a special public lecture in Queen's University on Wednesday 11 December.
 
Leo is well known as an expert on all matters relating to space, with extensive contacts will all the big national space agencies, and is equally well-known for his inimitable lecturing style.
 

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