5th October - Astronomy Day at Carrickfergus

The Irish Astronomical Association will be holding another of their very popular public astronomy afternoons, at Carrickfergus Civic Centre, in Antrim Street, on Saturday afternoon, 5 October from 1.00 to 5.00p.m. We'll have a selection of special telescopes for viewing the Sun in a variety of types of light in complete safety, an amazing exhibition, including various astronomical telescopes, meteorites, and a mobile stardome planetarium (with thanks to Armagh Planetarium).
 
And the event is totally free!
 

Society for Popular Astronomy to visit Northern Ireland - 21st/22nd September

Society for Popular Astronomy

As part of their 60th Anniversary celebrations, the Society for Popular Astronomy will visit Belfast and Armagh. This invitation from Prof Alan Fitzsimmons...

On behalf of Queen's University Belfast, Armagh Observatory and the Society for Popular Astronomy, we would like to invite all amateur astronomers to an all-day meeting held in honour of the SPA's 60th anniversary.

IAA Opening Lecture, 18th September. Prof Colin Cunningham.

Prof Colin Cunningham

"Mega Telescopes: how and why?" The European Southern Observatory will soon blast off the top of a mountain in the Atacama desert to start construction of a telescope five times bigger than any existing today. This telescope is known as the European Extremely Large Telescope, or E-ELT. The primary mirror will be made from 798 mirrors and will be 39m in diameter and be controlled to nanometre accuracy. In this lecture Prof Cunningham will describe the engineering challenges of this giant telescope and give a preview of some of the exciting astronomical discoveries that may result, from the first galaxies to Earthlike planets.

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