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.
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.
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.
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.