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The Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society (NIAAS)
Membership Now Open PDF Print E-mail

We've just updated the website and membership is now open for the new season.

Later this week I will be announcing our speakers for 2016/17 and i'm really excited by the lineup that we have put together. All meetings are booked and I think you will really enjoy them! Also keep tuned for details of our Perseid Watch BBQ which will take place this month!

You can pay now by clicking the link below and pay with PayPal.

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September 2016 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

stephen tonkinThe first meeting of the new season will be held on Monday 5th September 2016, starting at 8pm in Ballyclare High School Lecture Theater. Directions can be found here

We are really pleased to have a new speaker along to open our season. Mr Stephen Tonkin will be flying over from Hampshire, England to give us a talk titled 'Ten Ways The Universe Tries To Kill You!'

About Stephen: You may well recoignise the name as Stephen has published lots of books on Astronomy and is a regular contributor to magazines like the BBC's Sky At Night. One of his specialities is observing with binoculars, something that we can all do with very little expense. Check out his book on Amazon and his monthly Binocular Tour guide in the Sky At Night mag.

Stephen keeps himself busy by lecturing on Astronomy at Brockenhurst College and volunteers as a STEM Ambassador, which is a great organisation that encourages young people to learn about science and engineering etc.

We are really excited to have Stephen over with us and we hope you will join us for this meeting as it's one not to miss!

We will be on site early for this meeting so we can take the membership donations for the new season, as you know this can take a bit longer to process than a normal night.
As usual, free refreshments will be available after the meeting along with good chat and a chance to catch up after our break. 

Under 16's are welcome to come along, but we ask that they are accompanied by an adult.

A donation bucket will be available at the door, if any non members wish to support us!

Hope to see you all there!

New Season! PDF Print E-mail

We are really pleased to announce our speaker line up for the forthcoming season:


September 5th - Stephen Tonkin (Hampshire) - Ten ways the universe tries to kill you

October 3rd - Ian Robson (Edinburgh) - Supercool Astronomy

November 7th - John Flannery (SDAS) - The Sky by Eye

December 5th - David Asher (Armagh) - subject tbc


January 9th - Eamon Scullion - Solar Vortex

February 6th - Stephen Smartt (QUB) - subject tbc

March 6th - Morgan Fraser (Cambridge) - Supernovae and Massive Stars

April 3rd - TBC

May 8th - Members Talk & AGM

Again this season we have some speakers who are with us for the first time and some returning friends along to give us a talk. We look forward to seeing you all again in September. 

Become a NIAAS member ONLINE PDF Print E-mail

We are pleased to announce that you can now become a NIAAS member ONLINE with payment through PayPal.

Click here to see our membership options and join now for membership to September 2016! Pay securely with PayPal. Even if you don't have a PayPal account you can pay with your credit or debit card!

There is no better time to join or renew your current membership!
(The NIAAS is a registered charity no. NIC100233 and registered as a charity with the Inland Revenue: Charity No. XT18196)

Weather at Killylane PDF Print E-mail

You can now check the weather forecast for the NIAAS observing site at Killylane, supplied by!


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Associate Membership PDF Print E-mail

Due to the great increase of interest, we are very proud to introduce a new associate membership pack!

Are you interested in local astronomy and would like to become a member of the NIAAS but you're unable to attend our meetings in Ballyclare? Then Associate Membership is for you!


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