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.

"Moon, Stars and Jupiter" at Silent Valley, Kilkeel on Sunday 8th December

The Irish Astronomical Association, in conjunction with Mourne Heritage Trust, presents a free public astronomy evening, at the Ranger's Office, Silent Valley, Kilkeel, on Sunday 8 December, at 6:30pm.

This is a superb site with very little light pollution, and amazing views of the night sky.

Moongazing, Planetgazing, and Stargazing on Saturday 7th December at LNDC!

The IAA will present another public astronomy evening at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island, near Lurgan, on the evening of Saturday 7 December.

'Supper with the Stars':  Join the Irish Astronomical Association for a spectacular evening of night-skygazing and culinary delights at the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre. The event starts with an optional supper first at the Loughside cafe, at 6.30 p.m.

IAA Lecture 27 November - Dr John Quinn, UCD - "The High Energy Milky Way"

We all know the Milky Way as that band of light across the sky (when we can see it, away from all the light pollution), marking the millions of stars in the plane of the galaxy. But we can also study it in other wavelengths, from radio waves to the higher energy bands of extreme ultraviolet, X-Rays and Gamma Rays.

These reveal an amazing array of fantastic objects and structures, which will be the topic of this lecture.

IAA Lecture 13th November - Total Solar Eclipse Double Bill

Terry Moseley BEM and Dr Kate Russo

Marking to the minute the first anniversary of the Total Solar Eclipse in North Queensland last year, we have lectures on the subject from two people who were there!

First off Terry Moseley will take a look at "Irish Solar Eclipses". Then Eclipse chaser and author Dr Kate Russo will look to the next eclipse in her talk entitled “The 2015 Total Solar Eclipse & a new book launch"

The Queensland totality ran from 20:36-20:38 UT on 13th November 2012.

Lecture - 30th October 2013 - Dr Andy McCrea - "Aurorae and Astronauts"

Dr Andy McCrea
Well known amateur astronomer, astro-imager, past IAA President, and proprietor of North Down Telescopes, Dr Andy McCrea will give the next lecture, based on his recent highly successful aurora hunting trip to Iceland, and his similarly successful astronaut-hunting exploits (only with cameras & an autograph book!). Andy will reveal all about aurorae, what causes them, where and how to see them and image them.