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The Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society (NIAAS)
March 2019 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

Our next meeting of 2019 season will be on Monday 4th March, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture TheatreDirections can be found here.


We are really happy to have Ronan Newman coming up from Galway again this year to give us a talk titled 'Noctilucent Clouds: Ice at the Edge of Space'.

Noctilucent Clouds (NLC) also known "night shining clouds," are some of the strangest cloud formations you can see with their characteristic blue colour. These clouds are normally too faint to be seen by the human eye-unless illuminated by sunlight from below the horizon while the lower layers of the Earth's atmosphere are in Earth's shadow. They are, in fact, the highest clouds on Earth, forming on tiny crystals of water ice and dust particles near the edge of space some 50 miles above our planet's surface.

In the talk the speaker Ronan Newman will be a giving a serious examination from an amateur astronomers standpoint into the various manifestations that have to come together to make a Noctilucent cloud display.

To start he will look at possible NLC observations in the mid 19th century and will go on to examine the giant volcanic eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 and how this affected the upper atmosphere as well as examining NLC's and there connection to greenhouse gases & Climate change.

Other topics will include the how the Solar cycle affects NLC formation, a possible upcoming Deep Solar minimum, similar yet strange high atmospheric phenomena and finally a look at recorded observations of NLC displays from Northern Ireland during the 19th and 20th century.

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 we will have refreshments available after the meeting, a donation bucket is available at the door if you wish to support us in our work!

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 3rd - Stephen Beasant (NIAAS) - Observing the Autumn Sky

October 1st - Prof Mihalis Mathioudakis (QUB) - The Sun - Our Star

November 5th - Dr Steve Barrett (Liverpool) - Warping Space and Time

December 3rd - Equipment and beginners night


January 14th - Dr Stuart Sim (QUB) - Antimatter in the Milky Way

February 4th - Prof. Alan Fitzsimmons (QUB) - Oumuamua

March 4th - Ronan Newman (Galway) - Noctilucent Clouds: Ice at the Edge of Space

April 1st - Dr. Andrew Dennis (Andor) - Camera Technologies for Advanced Astronomy

May 13th - Members Talk, The Big Quiz and AGM


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 2019! *NOW HALF PRICE* 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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