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

Our final meeting of 2019 will be on Monday 2nd December, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture TheatreDirections can be found here.

The speaker for this meeting is Dr Matt Redman from The Centre of Astronomy at Galway University.  He will be giving a talk entitled The Shaping of Planetary Nebulae

About Matt  I completed my doctoral studies under Professor John Dyson at the University of Manchester, following him to the University of Leeds. A new model for one of the earliest manifestations of the birth of the most massive stars was developed. Upon graduation I moved back to the Jodrell Bank Observatory at the University of Manchester as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor John Meaburn. Using instruments installed on the Anglo- Australian Telescope, led to the discovery of highly explosive outbursts in objects known as Planetary Nebula, which had previously been thought to evolve in a steady fashion. This was followed by the discovery of evidence for sequential, nested supernova explosions in two peculiar objects, the Pencil Nebula and the Honeycomb Nebula.

My research programmes now bring together the themes of star formation and star destruction and I have studied how low mass star formation can proceed in the vicinity of violent massive stars. A recently new research theme, inspired by the widespread discovery of exoplanets, is to investigate the effects of the destruction of planets on the evolution of sun-like stars as they evolve to form (coincidentally, and confusingly misnamed!) planetary nebulae, the shaping of which are not understood. This work has been well supported by grants for PhD students and a postdoctoral researcher.

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 including mince pies, a festive treat on the run up to Christmas.  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.

2019

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

2020

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!

Read more...
 

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