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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!

 
February 2020 meeting PDF Print E-mail

For our next meeting our very own night sky expert Stevie Beasant will be giving us a talk entitled 'Orion, more than a nebula'  Of course there is a lot of excitement in the Orion constellation with the star Betelgeuse dramatically dimming recently.  This is a red supergiant that will at some point go supernova.  Many thought this dimming was a prelude to an iimminent explosion, but that seems to not be the case though.  Other than that it's a fascinating constellation to observe with many delights that Stevie will tell us about.

It will be on Monday 3rd February, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture TheatreDirections can be found here.

 
January 2020 meeting PDF Print E-mail

A very merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the NIAAS

For our first meeting of the new year and indeed a new decade, we are really pleased to welcome Prof Mark Bailey, who will be giving us a talk titled 'Societal impacts and long-term climate archives at Armagh Observatory'.

It will be on Monday 6th January, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture Theatre. Directions can be found here.

 

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!

 
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:  Dr Matt Redman is Director of the Centre for Astronomy NUI Galway, and is Chair of the Astronomical Sciences Group of Ireland, the professional association for astronomers in Ireland. His research interests are in star formation and star destruction processes. Matt uses radio and millimetre telescope data to look inside star forming molecular clouds, and optical and millimetre data for studying planetary nebulae, novae and supernova remnants. He works at the observational and theory interface, simulating data from telescopes using state of the art computer codes. His work has been supported by SFI and IRC grants, an equipment grant for I-LOFAR, and through telescope time awards.

About the talk:  Planetary nebulae often exhibit stunning shapes and intricate features, but it is a long-standing puzzle as to how such a wide range of shapes can arise because the stars from which they form are spherical. Binary companions offer one way to break the symmetry, but there are not enough of them in close orbits to account for the numbers of non-spherical planetary nebulae. Instead, we examine whether exoplanets, engulfed at the end of the stars life, can be responsible for the shaping. The talk will be illustrated with many examples of planetary nebulae, including the intriguing Boomerang Nebula, which is currently the coldest object ever observed in space.

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!



 
November 2019 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

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

Our speaker for this meeting will be Dr Ryan Milligan from Queen's University, his talk is titled The Sleeping Giant the Current State of Solar Activity

Ryan is a lecturer at the School of Mathematics and Physics. The school carries out research in the fields of quantum information and measurement, theory of soft matter, and supernova research.

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!

 
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