Lecture Weds 29th Nov - Dr Stuart Sim (QUB) - "Anti-matter in the Milky Way"

Dr Stuart Sim

The 'missing antimatter' problem is one of the major mysteries in our understanding of the universe. All versions of the Big Bang model indicate that ordinary matter and antimatter should have formed in equal quantities, and then mutually annihilated each other. The very fact that we are here, in a universe made almost exclusively of ordinary matter (ignoring Dark Matter and Dark Energy in this context), indicates that there's something missing in the theory! But antimatter does exist, as occasionally single antimatter particles are created by cosmic rays in our atmosphere; and it has been created in the lab in very small quantities, so it's real.

"Heavens Above" Exhibition comes to Carrickfergus Museum 9th November - 6th January 2018

Heavens Above

Launch Event - 7pm - 9:30pm Friday 10th November

Introduction by The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim with talks by Dr Mike Simms from the Ulster Museum on Meteorites and IAA President Paul Evans on Beginners' Astrophotograhy. Virtual Reality Demonstration, Stardome sessions and, weather permitting, Night Sky Observng. £2 charge for Stardome

Stardome sessions 2pm - 4:30pm Saturday 11th November

Lecture Weds 15th Nov – Dr David Lisk, ‘Astronomical Spectroscopy for Amateurs’

Dr David Lisk

Spectroscopy is a technique used to measure the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation and includes the visible light which radiates from stars and hot celestial objects.

This talk explains the terms used in astro-spectroscopy and examines how, using technology now available to the amateur astronomer, scientific measurements of a star’s type, temperature and chemical composition can be made.

Lecture Weds 1st Nov - Prof Tom Ray, DIAS: ‘Preparing for Science with the James Webb Space Telescope’

Prof Tom Ray

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is due for launch in October of next year on an Ariane V rocket. With much more light gathering power than Hubble, and the ability to operate well into the infrared, it will explore such topics as the re-ionization of the Universe, the formation of galaxies at very high redshifts, the birth of stars and planets, and exoplanet atmospheres.

Lecture - Weds 18th October - Laura Keogh, Inspire Space -"Space law: owning stars, mining asteroids and Asgardia"

Laura Keogh
This fascinating talk will cover the traditional international legal regime, and then explain how it is beginning to change due to private entities and go on to explain what legal obligations would exist for a space nation under the current laws.   With the ever-increasing pace of space exploration, and proposals for bases and mining on the Moon, capturing and mining asteroids, and eventually setting up bases on Mars, not to mention the new 'Space Nation Asgardia of which Laura has been a member since May 2016; just what are the national and international laws governing space?

Lecture - Weds 4th Oct - Dr Sophie Murray, Trinity College, Dublin - "Cloudy with a Chance of Flares: the importance of Space Weather Forecasting"

Dr Sophie Murray

Our speaker at this meeting is Dr Sophie Murray, currently a Research Fellow at TCD where she works on Space Weather projects within the Astrophysics Research Group. She has previously worked with the Met Office on Solar Physics and Thermospheric Modelling projects.

Dr Murray has over ten years experience as a research scientist, analysing and visualising large volumes of satellite data, and developing and verifying modelling techniques. Her current research interests range from solar flares and active regions to the impact of space weather on the Earth's upper atmosphere.