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The Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society (NIAAS)
November 2017 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The next meeting of the 2017/ 2018 season is on Monday 6th November, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture Theatre. Directions can be found here.

vinkIt gives me great pleasure to welcome for the first time Dr. Jorrick Vink from Armagh Observatory.  The title of his talk is 'The First Stars and Black Holes in the Early Universe'.

About the talk: Within the blink of an eye after the Big Bang, the very First Stars in our Universe came into existence. These stars were massive beasts, shining brightly, and causing the Universe to light up.

Jorrick will present a Cosmic Transition from the Dark Ages to Enlightenment which we owe to these First Stars he will also discuss the key differences between the Sun-like stars that we see in our Milky Way today and the massive beasts that are thought to have caused the true moment of Cosmic Genesis. These massive beasts are also thought to be the objects that collapsed into "heavy" Black Holes that were recently discovered through Gravitational Waves, as predicted by Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity more than a century ago.

Please feel free to join us for what promises to be a very interesting talk!

About Dr. Vink: Jorick is a Research Astronomer at Armagh Observatory. He graduated at Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 2000, after having spent a year at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre. He worked at Imperial College London from 2001 onwards, and he was an RCUK Fellow in 2005, before moving to Armagh. Here he was Acting Director of Armagh Planetarium for 15 months in 2015-2016.

Please note: Under 16's are very welcome but due to our child protection policy, we ask that they are accompanied by an adult.

As always the talk is free, a donation bucket is available at the door if you wish to support us in our work! Refreshments are available (also free) after the meeting and so is some good chat!

Hope to see you all there!

Programme PDF Print E-mail

All meetings start at 8pm in the Lecture Theatre at Ballyclare High School, Ballyclare, County Antrim. For directions, click here.


September 4th - Dr. Carolin Crawford (Cambridge) - Cassini at Saturn

October 2nd - Francis Keenan (QUB)- We come in peace - Aliens in popular science fiction

November 6th - Jorrick Vink (Armagh) - The first stars and black holes in the early universe

December 4th - Sophie Murray (Trinity College) - Space weather forecasting - bringing astrophysics down to Earth


January 8th - TBC

February 5th - Rene Breton (Manchester) - The secret life of pulsars

March 5th - Ronan Newman (Galway) - The Aurora Borealis in Irish History - superstition to the digital age

April 9th - TBC

May 14th - AGM + short talks


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 2018! 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)

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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