Public Astronomy Night at Slieve Gullion, Sunday 30th November

NGC 7000
The IAA will be holding another public astronomy outreach event, this time at a new dark sky venue, the visitor's centre at Slieve Gullion Forest Park, near the village of Meigh, SW of Newry. 
VENUE: Visitors Centre, Slieve Gullion Forest Park. •Signposted off B113 from Newry to Forkhill, past the village of Meigh. It has nice dark skies. The entrance is at N 54 deg 6' 36.5"; W: 6 deg 24' 19"

IAA 40th Anniversary Dinner - Friday 28th November

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the formation of the IAA (formerly the Belfast Centre of the Irish Astronomical Society) in 1974, we are having a Celebratory / Seasonal Dinner on Friday 28 November, in a private suite in the Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Upper Newtownards Road, Stormont, Belfast. We have got an excellent deal on this so it's not to be missed!
There is free parking at the venue. Directions to venue will be given later

IAA Lecture, 19th November, Dr Mike Simms - "What meteorites tell us about the early Solar System"

Dr Mike Simms

How can we determine the age of a meteorite, or even the Solar System? How can we unravel the processes that formed Earth and the rest of the Solar System from the primordial dust cloud? The presence, or absence, of particular elements and isotopes in meteorites and their components, and the physics and chemistry of those elements, provides abundant clues to what happened in those first few million years.

Huge Fireball over Ireland and Scotland

Fireball 18th Nov 2014
At 17:30 on Tuesday 18th November IAA President Terry Moseley received a call from an IAA member at the Met Office in Aldergrove reporting a fireball "as bright as the Moon". The still frame above was taken from Low Craighead Farm, near Girvan, Ayrshire (please contact us if this is yours!) and shows the fireball, and to the right of it, Altair, a first magnitude star, the 12th brightest in the sky!

IAA Lecture 5th November - Prof Andy Shearer: "Feeding the giant - science possibilities of the next generation of extremely large telescopes."

Prof Andy Shearer

Synopsis: "Over the next ten years a number of new giant telescopes will come on line - these include the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and in X-rays, Athena. Each one of these will dramatically change our view of the universe. At a recent workshop in Galway, "Speed and Sensitivity: Expanding Astronomical Horizons with ELTs" the possibilities from the current generation of instruments as well as the next generation of instruments for ELTs were discussed. This talk will look at what science is possible with ELTs and what questions will be addressed and hopefully answered by ELTs."

World Space Week - Elements of the Universe, Ulster Museum 11th October

Sun in Hydrogen Alpha light

The IAA will be running a major public astronomy & space outreach event in conjunction with the Ulster Museum on Saturday 11th October.

This will be at the Museum on Stranmillis Road, from 11:00 to 16:30.

This will comprise:
Starshows with a space theme in the ever-popular Stardome (courtesy of Armagh Planetarium) at 45 minute intervals starting at 11.00.

IAA World Space Week Lecture, 8th October: Prof Don Kurtz, UCLAN: "The Kepler Mission: Exoplanets and Asteroseismology"

Prof Don Kurtz

Prof Kurtz is a very highly regarded speaker on a wide variety of topics, and this one for World Space Week will focus on one of the most successful space missions ever: the Kepler Spacecraft. This has now detected well over 1,000 planets going round other stars, some of which are like planets in our own solar system, including a few which are fairly like Earth, and some which are amazingly different from our own familiar ones.