6th February - Prof Lorraine Hanlon - "The Gloria Project"

Prof Lorraine Hanlon

GLORIA stands for "GLObal Robotic-telescopes Intelligent Array" and will be the first free and open access network of robotic telescopes in the world. It will be a Web 2.0 environment where users can do research in astronomy by observing with robotic telescopes, and/or by analysing data that other users have acquired with GLORIA.

23rd January - Lecture - Dr Tolis Christou, Armagh Observatory

Dr Tolis Christou

The next IAA public lecture will be on Wednesday 23 January, at 7.30 p.m.

 
It will be given by Dr Tolis Christou, of Armagh Observatory. It has the intriguing title "Horseshoes, Tadpoles, and other weirdnesses: Asteroids and Planets Learning to Live Together". That should pique your curiosity! The only clue I'll give is that Tolis is an expert on the orbits and interactions of all the objects in the Solar System.
 
Admission is free, including light refreshments, and all are welcome.
 
This lecture will as usual be in the Bell Lecture theatre, Physics building, main QUB Campus.

10th January - BBC Stargazing Live at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre

Stargazing Live

As in years past, the IAA will be the BBC's main partner in Northern Ireland delivering events over the three days of Stargazing Live from Tues 8th to Thurs 10th January. The main event this year will again be held at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre on Oxford Island near Craigavon just off the Lurgan junction on the M1.

9th January - Lecture - Prof Phil Dufton "45 years in Astronomy"

Prof Phil Dufton

Our meeting on 9th January will feature  a lecture by by Prof Phil Dufton of QUB: "Forty-five Years in Astronomy".

Prof Dufton, who has given us several fascinating lectures before, has had a long and varied career in astronomy, and has seen some amazing changes in what we know, or think we know, about the universe. That promises to be a very interesting and informative talk.

It will be at 7.30 p.m. in the Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, QUB.

8th January 2013 - Jupiter Watch at QUB

Jupiter Watch at QUB

 

On Tuesday 8 January, the IAA will be working with the astronomers at QUB to deliver another public 'Jupiter Watch', in the grounds just in front of the main Lanyon building of Queen's, starting at 6 p.m.
 
We will be bringing along as many telescopes as we can muster, as last year we had a lovely clear night, and some 600 members of the public got to see Jupiter and its moons through about 10 telescopes. This year there is merit in getting there early - for the first 30mins or so of the session the Great Red Spot will be visible near the edge of the Jovian disc!
 
If it's cloudy there will instead be a public lecture by Dr Chris Watson of QUB, in the nearby physics building.

IAA New Year Party - 5th January

This year's New Year Party will be held on Saturday 5th January. We start with a buffet meal at McBrides restaurant in The Square, Comber, followed by a special private screening of a film in the local Tudor private cinema. Meet at McBrides at about 5.30 p.m. for 6.0. p.m. The film will be "Men in Black 3". This film has a rating of PG-13, so parental discretion is advised regarding any children.

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