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03/2006 EAAS Members View The Eclipse PDF Print E-mail
Also check out the Armagh Eclipse report

On Wednesday 29th March 2006, the Moon passed in front of the Sun as millions watched from around the world on the TV and internet and thousands congregated in Libya, Egypt and Turkey for the ultimate sky show. The eclipse started early in Brazil and swept across the Atlantic, finishing in Mongolia. As the temperature dropped and the sky darkened, crowds looked skywards and shouted and clapped as the eclipse swept above.

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11/2005 Mars Watch at Castle Ward PDF Print E-mail


Mars Watch 4th / 5th November

 

The East Antrim Astronomical Society, in association with the National Trust, held a Mars Watch on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November at the Castle Ward farmyard, County Down.

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10/2005 Eclipse Watch PDF Print E-mail

3rd October 2005

East Antrim Astronomical Society members gathered on a dark morning to witness the partial solar eclipse from Northern Ireland. The EAAS broadcast the partial eclipse live on the internet though images were plagued by thick cloud. At 0750UT the eclipse started but the cloud lingered and there was no breaks to be seen. After 20 minutes, we shifted location from the kerbside and took up residence in the back garden hoping for a glimpse and if lucky, some photos of the eclipse. In the meantime, the website had already received 2500 hits and all the poor people seen was cloud and some leaves of a tree. After mid-eclipse we got 2 observations of the eclipse for a few minutes and were able to take some tripod images. Philip Matchett is to be credited for the fine eclipse images below which turned out well, considering the thickness of cloud that was present.

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01/2005 Observing Night PDF Print E-mail

22nd January 2005

I want to fill in everyone on the EAAS informal observing session we had on Saturday night for those who could not make it. It took place in Maghera within my back garden. Those present where myself, Conor Mc Donald, Les Gornall and EAAS Webmaster Mark Stronge. We had a total of 6 telescopes set up for observation.

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10/2004 Total Lunar Eclipse PDF Print E-mail

Lunar Eclipse taken by James Adamson

Lunar Eclipse from the Solar House, Magherafelt

In the early hours of Thursday 28th October, the Moon passed through the Earth's shadow causing it to appear a deep red colour. This will not happen again until 3/4th March 2007.

The EAAS had a very wet observing and photographing session and a live webcast where a dedicated bunch of astronomers gathered to have some chat and do some observing.

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08/2004 BBQ and Perseid Watch PDF Print E-mail
Hello all,

I'm sure by now you will have thought I was still at Big Collin? Not quite, just recovering from three VERY late nights in a row!

We had a very successful evening on Wednesday 11th August 2004 with clear skies almost, and it wasn't long after dark till we saw our first Perseid, the first of many during the evening. Before that, we had wonderful views of the sun through various telescopes. Memorable were the views with Mark & Nigel's 10" Meade and Andy Johnson's 6" refractor, but the highlight had to be the view through Philip's Coronado. I was amazed to see the sun change before my very eyes, quite a treat, and very impressive!

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06/2004 Venus Transit PDF Print E-mail


Public Observing of the Venus transit on 8th June

The EAAS were at the Seven Towers roundabout, Ballymena, County Antrim for the entire Venus transit which began at 0519GMT through to 1124GMT. In the first 2 hours, we had a surprising number of visitors and many going to work, stopping by and having a look. The first early birds arrived at 6:45am !!!

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