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May Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The next meeting of the NIAAS will be held on Monday 14th May 2012, starting at 8pm in Ballyclare High School Lecture Theater. Directions can be found here. This is the last meeting of the current season and we're sure you will enjoy it.

It's going to be a busy night and to start it of, I am delighted to be able to announce that Brian Smyth and Andy Johnston, two of our longest established members, have agreed to become Honorary members of the society so we will be having a presentation to celebrate this achievement!

After the presentation, we are going to have two of our ever popular members talks:

Jonathan Bingham will be highlighting some of the different types of terrain which can be observed on the moon, and Simon Sloan will be discussing some of the outstanding double stars which can be seen in spring and summer skies!

 

After our talks, we will be holding The Annual General Meeting of the society which is as always, part of the last meeting of the season. Would all members please try to attend as there are urgent matters regarding the future of the society to discuss.

 

As usual, refreshments will be available after the meeting!

Hope to see you all there.

Stevie Beasant (Chairman)

 
Stargazing Live 2012 Report PDF Print E-mail

Following on from last years successful Stargazing Live television show, Professor Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain were back on our screens again this year for another three days of Stargazing shows. This was broadcast on BBC Two from 16th to 18th January and attracted record viewing figures for a science program.

As well as the live television shows, the BBC put on events around the UK throughout January and as the NIAAS is now an official BBC partner, we were out and about with them!

On Saturday 14th January, we where in Derry/Londonderry for the BBC Big Screen Stargazing Live Event. This started at 12 noon in Waterloo Place near Guildhall Square. From 1pm to 2pm there was a live feed on the big screen from the Faulkes Telescope, Hawaii and from 2pm we had members of the public becoming screen stars and trying out the interactive big screen quiz! There were also fun stargazing activities for all the family! BBC presenter Gerry Anderson was the host and was running about talking and interviewing people around the square including NIAAS members! Oh and there was an invasion of Star Wars Storm Troopers getting pictures taken with the kids.
This was a very enjoyable day for all, with many people stopping to chat with our members and looking at their telescopes, we were even able to get some public solar observing in.

Stargazing Live DerryStargazing Live Derry

 

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Stargazing Live 2012 PDF Print E-mail

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Following on from last years successful Stargazing Live television show, Professor Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain will be back on our screens again this year for another three days of Stargazing shows. This will be on BBC Two from 16th to 18th January.

As well as the live television shows, the BBC are putting on events around the UK throughout January and as the NIAAS is now an official BBC partner, we will be out and about with them!

On Saturday 14th January we will be in Derry/Londonderry for the BBC Big Screen Stargazing Live Event. This starts at 12 noon in Waterloo Place near Guildhall Square. From 1pm to 2pm there will be a live feed on the big screen from the Faulkes Telescope, Hawaii and from 2pm you can become a screen star and try out the interactive big screen quiz! There will also be fun stargazing activities for all the family!
For more info on this event visit the BBC Things To Do Website!

Then on Wednesday 18th January, the NIAAS will be back at the Armagh Planetarium for another action packed night of activities. Many of you came along to this successful event last year and this year looks even better as the Planetarium opens its doors again.
The start time is 6.30pm and we'll be there with our telescopes giving advice and showing you the night sky in all its glory! For the young astronomers, the Planetarium will have a space based arts and crafts session and new this year there will also be a Meteorite Workshop which will include the first public display of the planetarium's latest lunar meteorite acquisition!
But thats not all, they will be screening free presentations of their new digital theater show 'Experience The Aurora' (Seats for the shows must be pre-booked in advance to avoid disappointment!)
Visit the Armagh Planetarium website for more info. 

On Monday 6th February the club will be holding it's annual Andrew Trimble Lecture in Ballyclare High School lecture theater. We are pleased to have Ronan Newman from Galway Astronomy Society as our guest speaker who will be talking about the NASA Space Shuttle Program!

*Unfortunately Ronan won't be able to make the February meeting, however we have rescheduled him for April. We are very lucky, as we now have Dr Tom Mason MBE, Director of the Armagh Planetarium, as our speaker at the February meeting.*

But thats not all, throughout January we will of course be having more observing sessions on clear nights! Join our forum for up to date info on when and where they are happening!

If you have got a telescope and want some expert advice bring it along to one of our events and we will be more than happy to help you, or if you are looking at getting into stargazing come along for a friendly chat.


Why not join us on facebook : www.facebook.com/amateurastro and twitter: www.twitter.com/niamateurastro 

 

 

 
November Newsletter PDF Print E-mail
This months newsletter in pdf format can be downloaded here. (note: this is print format layout and may not read normally if viewing on screen). To download: right click and Save as..
 
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September Meeting PDF Print E-mail

Our first meeting of the new season is on Monday 5th September 2011, starting at 8pm in Ballyclare High School Lecture Theater. Directions can be found here!

Dr. Brian EspeyWe are excited to have Dr.Brian Espey from Trinity College Dublin along as our guest speaker.

Dr. Espey will be presenting a talk entitled "3-D Astronomy" He will be bringing along specialised equipment to allow us to view astronomical images in 3-D from the Earth out through the Solar System to the stars and galaxies beyond. It should be an excellent evenings entertainment.

About Dr.Brian Espey:

 

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March Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The next meeting of the NIAAS in on Monday 7th March, starting at 8pm sharp in Ballyclare High School lecture theatre. Directions can be found here!

Dr Chris

Space weather is a subject which has become very prominent in recent years, and the study of the activity of the Sun and its effects on Earth and the rest of the solar system is now very popular. Many different spacecraft have been launched in recent years to complement ground based observations. Dr Chris Watson from Queens University will be our speaker in March, and will provide the very latest up-to-date information on this fascinating area of research!

About Chris: I was awarded a 1st class degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics at St.Andrews University before undertaking a PhD at the University of Sheffield. My early work was on developing indirect imaging methods for mapping surface features in interacting binaries, and studying accretion and magnetic activity in these objects (starspots!). I completed my PhD in 2002 and continued as a postdoc where I became the first person to image starspots on the surface of the star in a system known as a Cataclysmic Variable. From this I was awarded 1 of four personal fellowships in the UK to carry on the research until I moved to Queen's to take up a lectureship position at the end of 2008 - where I now study the impact of stellar activity on the nature and detection of extra-solar planets.

Admission:

Members: Free
Non-Members: £3
Associate Members: £2

As usual, tea, coffee, biscuits and craic will be available after the meeting!

 
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