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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!

 
October 2017 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The second meeting of the 2017/ 2018 season is on Monday 2nd October, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture TheatreDirections can be found here.

keenanIt gives me great pleasure to welcome back Professor Francis Keenan from Queen's University Belfast. The title of his talk is 'We Come In Peace - Aliens In Popular Science Fiction'. It sounds like this lecture is going to be good fun for all us Sci-fi film buffs!

Francis was last with us in 2014 and I remember that talk well, as I said at the time "I will never watch another film about space travel the same way again"! Really looking forward to this lecture as I'm sure it will be full of movie clips, laughs and will question your understanding of the galaxy and our friend E.T! 

As with last month, this really isn't a lecture you want to miss!

About Professor Keenan: As usual too much to type here, so follow the link to his profile page!

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! Refreshments are available (also free) after the meeting and so is some good chat!

Hope to see you all there!

 
September 2017 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The first meeting of the 2017/ 2018 season is on Monday 4th September, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture Theatre. Directions can be found here.

carolin_crawfordWe always like to start the new season with a bang, so it give me great pleasure to introduce our speaker for September:

Dr. Carolin Crawford will be joining us from Cambridge, and will be giving a talk titled 'Cassini at Saturn'. This is the first time Carolin has been over with us and I'm sure you will all make her very welcome!
As you are aware this is a great time to have a talk on Cassini as it now enters the last few days of its fascinating mission and who better to give us a talk on it, than a previous winner of the 'Women Of Outstanding Achievement Award' for her outstanding abilities at science communication!

I say this quite often, but this really isn't a lecture you want to miss!

About Dr. Carolin Crawford: I'm just going to give you this link to her Wiki page as I could never fit all her achievements on here! 

As this is the first meeting of the new season, we recommend you try to make it to the school early, as we will be taking membership renewals and this can take some time. If you're joining us for the first time or renewing your membership we would like to thank you for your continuing support!

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! Refreshments are available (also free) after the meeting and so is some good chat!

Hope to see you all there!

 
End of Season Update PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank everyone who came along to our meetings this season, we hope you enjoyed them as much as we did and we look forward to seeing you all again in September.

As you know, we take a bit of a break now but we'll be working hard over the summer to put together speakers and events for next season. Keep checking the website over the summer as we hope to have our annual BBQ for the Perseid Meteor Shower (Weather Permitting of course). Also check the forum as the observing group will continue to head out over the coming months.

If you where unable to attend the AGM meeting, the new committee was elected as follows:

 

Chairperson: Geraldine Gribben
Vice-Chair: Jonathan Bingham
Secretary: Stevie Beasant
Treasurer: Ralph Gault
Observing Co-ordinator: Jason Christie
Webmaster: Philip Matchett
Press Officer: Derrick McCourt
I would also like to thank Ian McConnell and Simon Sloan for their time on the committee and wish them all the best for the future.
Have a Great Summer!Cool

 

 

 
May 2017 Meeting and AGM PDF Print E-mail

The last meeting of the 2017 season is on Monday 8th May, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture Theatre. Directions can be found here.

For our last meeting of the season we will be having our hugely popular member talk and following on from the success of last year, we will be hosting another one of our BIG QUIZ nights. Please feel free to come along and don't worry if you think you don't know enough about the world of Astronomy to do well in the quiz, as the people who took part last year will tell you, it isn't that type of quiz!

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! Refreshments are available (also free) after the meeting and so is some good chat!

After the refreshments we would ask our members to attend our AGM so we can vote in a new committee and discuss the running of the society.

Hope to see you all there!

 
March 2017 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The next meeting of the 2017 season is on Monday 6th March, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture Theatre. Directions can be found here.

morgan fraserOur speaker for March is Dr. Morgan Fraser from University College Dublin. The title of his talk is 'Gaia: Mapping the Milky Way and Beyond from Space'.

His talk is going to cover everything about ESA's Gaia mission, how the satellite works and the latest data received from it. If you were with us last month to see Prof. Stephen Smartt talking about supernovae, this talk will carry on nicely as Morgan will also tell us how the Gaia mission detects them.

We are delighted to have Morgan with us for the first time to give us this talk and I'm sure you will all make him very welcome.

About Morgan: Dr. Morgan Fraser is a Royal Society - Science Foundation Ireland University Research Fellow at University College Dublin. He obtained his PhD from Queens University Belfast, where he worked on identifying stars in nearby galaxies which had exploded as supernovae. After this, he spent time as a post-doctoral researcher at Queens, before moving to the University of Cambridge to work on transients found as part of the European Space Agency's Gaia mission. At present his research focusses on whether some stars can collapse to form black holes without a bright supernova explosion, and what drives the outbursts and eruptions seen from the most massive stars.

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! Refreshments are available (also free) after the meeting and so is some good chat!

Hope to see you all there!

 
February 2017 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The next meeting of 2017 is our annual Andrew Trimble Memorial Lecture, it will be held on Monday 6th February, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture Theatre. Directions can be found here.

stephen smarttOur speaker for this special meeting is Professor Stephen Smartt from Queens University Belfast and his talk is titled 'Black Holes And Disappearing Stars'.

We are delighted to have Stephen back with us for this special talk and I'm sure you will all make him very welcome. Stephen is a global authority on Supernova and is also the Director of the Astrophysics Research Centre at QUB. Please have a look at his university page linked here to appreciate the full scope of his work and research.

This is as always a special night in our season, as we remember the contribution that Andrew Trimble made to not just our small society but to the wider field of astronomy in Ireland. Please fell free to come along to this lecture as it promises to be a great night.

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! Refreshments are available (also free) after the meeting and so is some good chat!

Hope to see you all there!

 
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