20th February - Dr Chris Watson - "Mapping the surfaces of stars - giant spots and shadows"

The next Irish Astronomical Association public lecture will be given by Dr Chris Watson of Queens University, Belfast. 

His talk is entitled "Mapping the surfaces of stars - giant spots and shadows". 
Chris is well-known amongst our members through his involvement in the Jupiter Watches and Stargazing Live events of the last two years as well as his talk to us in April 2010.
This is certain to be a fascinating talk, on a fascinating subject! It's on WEDNESDAY 20th February, at 7.30 p.m., in the Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Queen's University, Belfast. ADMISSION IS FREE, as always, and includes light refreshments. Everyone is welcome!

Sat 16th February - Stargazing and Stardome at North Down Museum

The Irish Astronomical Association will be holding another of their very popular astronomy evenings at the Museum beside Bangor Castle, on Saturday evening, 16 February, at 6.30 p.m. Once again we'll have a selection of powerful telescopes and binoculars for viewing the night sky, an exhibition, short astronomy and space films, a selection of meteorites (rocks from space) which you can actually hold, and of course the Stardome mobile planetarium just in case of bad weather. And you'll have a chance to meet our own 'Ulsternaut', Derek Heatly from Groomsport, who is booked to fly into space with Virgin Galactic.

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.