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The Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society (NIAAS)
November 2016 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

JohnThe next meeting of the current season will be held on Monday 7th November 2016, starting at 8pm in Ballyclare High School Lecture Theater. Directions can be found here

We are really pleased to have a good friend to the NIAAS along to give us a talk. Mr John Flannery from SDAS Dublin will be coming up to give us a talk titled 'The Sky By Eye'.

About the talk: Arthur C. Clarke once described the Universe as a device contrived for the perpetual astonishment of astronomers. Anyone can discover that sense of wonder. You just have to look up. It's a common belief you need some form of optical equipment to witness those astonishing sights but that is not the case.

The Sky by Eye is a list that encourages people to observe the Universe with the unaided eye. It comprises objects and phenomena ranging from the whimsical to challenging. Examples include studying the colours of the Moon, tracking a planet through its opposition loop, observing the broad spectrum of atmospheric optics, and much.

The beauty of the Sky by Eye list is that you can delve deeper into areas such as meteor observing or revisit some aspects as your awareness grows. You may take a lifetime to tick off all the sights but the goal is to open your eyes to understanding and appreciating the rhythms of the sky, as well as build a foundation to enhance your enjoyment of astronomy. The list draws on the work of others including Joe Orman (, Fred Schaaf, and Chet Raymo, who all touch the soul of why we are naturalists of the night.

About John: John is a software developer for a Dublin-based company. He is a long-time member of the Irish Astronomical Society and edits their journal. John also contributes the monthly solar system notes for Whitaker's Almanac and compiles a widely-used annual calendar for the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies. His main interests in astronomy are world sky lore, history, binocular observing, atmospheric phenomena, and outreach.

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

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!

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.

Details here!

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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