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

The last meeting of 2018 will be our Christmas lecture on Monday 4th December, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture TheatreDirections can be found here.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome a new speaker to the society, Dr. Sophie Murray from Trinity College Dublin will be traveling up to give us a talk titled 'Space Weather Forecasting - Bring Astrophysics Down To Earth'.

About the talk: Space weather describes the dynamic conditions in Earth's outer space environment in the same way that weather refers to conditions in Earth's lower atmosphere. Whilst everyday space weather will not be noticeable to most people, a severe space weather event can significantly impact a multitude of vital ground- and space- based technologies and infrastructure on which we depend as part of our daily lives. This talk will explore the origins of space weather at our Sun, potential impacts on Earth, and the steps we are taking to mitigate severe events.

About Sophie: Sophie Murray is a solar physicist with over ten years experience in the field of space weather research and forecasting. Her research interests range from solar active regions and eruptions to the impact of space weather on the Earth's upper atmosphere. After completing a PhD in solar physics at Trinity College Dublin, Sophie worked as a Space Weather Research Scientist at the Met Office, the UK's national meteorological service. Collaborating with scientists, forecasters, policy makers, and end users, she transitioned basic science to operational space weather forecasting products. Now a Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Sophie is currently investigating the solar source of eruptive events in order to better predict them.

This promises to be be a great lecture to finish off the year and as it's getting closer to Christmas we will have the customary mince pies and biscuits along with our free refreshments after the talk. Don't miss it!

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!

Hope to see you all there!

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

2017

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

2018

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!

Read more...
 

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