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The Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society (NIAAS)
March 2020 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The next meeting of the NIAAS is on Monday 2nd March, we are really pleased to welcome our good friend Dr. Mike Simms (National Museums NI) who will be giving us a talk titled '1969 - A Special Year For Space Rocks (and not just the moon).

The meeting starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture TheatreDirections can be found here.

About the talk: 1969 was an auspicious time for rocks from space. Meteorite falls at Bovedy in Northern Ireland, Allende in Mexico, and Murchison in Australia, all led to breakthroughs in our understanding of the early Solar System. Rocks brought back by Apollo's 11 and 12 gave us our first chance to find out if the Moon really was made of cheese. And a chance discovery down in Antarctica was to have a fundamental influence on the future of meteoritics for decades to come.

About Mike: Mike is Senior Curator of Natural Sciences and has overall responsibility for the natural sciences collections. When Dippy the Dinosaur visted Belfast, Mike guided vistors to see him and explain all about the famous dinosaur. Mike's responsiblities in his role also extend to geology and meterorites. He has an extensive personal meterorite collection and also discovered the first meteorite crater in the UK. In fact it's one of the largest in the world!

So with such a wide range of knowledge in his field, this is definitely going to be a talk not to be missed.


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 2nd - Gary Fildes (Kielder Observatory) - TBC

October 7th - Prof. Michael  Burton (Armagh Observatory/Planetarium  - Astronomy in Antarctica

November 4th - Dr.Ryan Milligan (QUB) - The Sleeping Giant the Current State of Solar Activity

December 2nd - Dr. Matt Redman (Galway) - The Shaping of Planetary Nebulae


January 6th - Prof. Mark Bailey - Societal Impacts and Long-term Climate Archives at Armagh Observatory

February 3rd - Prof. Tom Millar (QUB) - The Birth Of Stars And Planets

March 2nd - TBC

April 5th - TBC

May 4th - Members talks 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 2020!  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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