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NIAAS Chair On Radio Ulster PDF Print E-mail

Congratulations to NIAAS chair Maria Hanna, who features on this week’s ‘Your Place And Mine’ show on BBC Radio Ulster.

Maria is interviewed by the show’s host Anne Marie McAleese and she talks about the society, IYA2008 and even her rendition of the Galaxy Song!

The show was broadcast on Saturday Morning 17th January at 0800 and is repeated today on Sunday 18th January at 1500.

 
Dave Grennan Receives NIAAS Award PDF Print E-mail
Dave And Dave
As you know, at the NIAAS launch party on Monday 5th January, we presented Dave McDonald with a gift, on behalf of the society, for being the first person in Ireland to discover an asteroid in 150 years. Unfortunately Dave Grennan was not able to make the night, which was a pity as we were hoping to present him with a gift for his great discovery as well. But Dave McDonald was kind enough to accept it on his behalf. On the night Dave said that he would try to think of a way to present him with it, rather than just handing it over! Little did we know what he had planned!
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NIAAS Launch Night A Great Success PDF Print E-mail

 Dave McDonald
The Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society got off to a great start last night at Ballyclare High School. Almost 50 people turned up on a very cold night to join in the launch of the new society and also the beginning of the International Year of Astronomy. We were pleased to welcome some distinguished guests and great friends of the society, Prof. Mark Bailey, Dr David Asher and Dr Miruna Popescu from Armagh Observatory, as well as Pat O'Neill, president of the Irish Astronomical Association. Our special guest and speaker was Dave McDonald, along with his wife Fiona.

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New Year, New Name, New Website! PDF Print E-mail

Happy New Year!
Welcome to the new look website for the NIAAS. As all of our members know, as of the 1st January 2009 the East Antrim Astronomical Society (EAAS) has changed its name to the Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society (NIAAS).

To celebrate this event our January meeting on Monday 5th is our Launch Party. This will be a very special evening for us all, with both telescopes and members' photographs on display, and refreshments will be available on the night.

In addition we will be honouring Dave Mc Donald, an IFAS Astronomer of the Year and recent discoverer of the first asteroid from Ireland since 1848, in Great Famine times.

Dave McDonald with John McConnell Dave has also agreed to give us a talk on his discovery titled: "Celtic Rock - Hunting for Asteroids"

We look forward to seeing all our members along on this special night!

 

 
01/2009 International Year Of Astronomy 2009 With The NIAAS PDF Print E-mail

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As you may know the year 2009 has been designated as the International Year Of Astronomy.

So what is the International Year Of Astronomy?

What has your local club planned?

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03/2007 Total Lunar Eclipse Event PDF Print E-mail
3rd March 2007

Saturday evening saw one of the most spectacular lunar eclipses in recent years.

After the threats of bad weather and being clouded out, Northern Ireland was treated to an evening of astronomical proportions.

After a glorious day and beautiful sunset, the Moon rose above the horizon while the world watched in anticipation. A light shower failed to dampen the spirits as members of the public gathered with the East Antrim Astronomical Society north of Belfast.

As Dr Ed Barnett presented a lunar talk at the Ballyearl Arts Centre, Newtownabbey, crowds gathered to watch the Moon pass through the shadow of the Earth.

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02/2007 Sky At Night stamps are out of this world PDF Print E-mail

Royal MailIt’s rare that Royal Mail allows an individual to choose what they want on a set of stamps – but then not everyone is Sir Patrick Moore.
 
He first presented his programme, The Sky at Night, in 1957, before Sputnik, before NASA and before the space race. Now, half a century on, the man and his equally famous monocle are still providing millions of viewers with a monthly guide to the stars.
 
In fact The Sky at Night has become an institution. It is the longest running show still with its original presenter, and Royal Mail marks this tremendous achievement on its 50th anniversary with six self-adhesive stamps featuring Sir Patrick’s favourite celestial objects.
 
The stamps, issued on 13th February 2007, display five nebulae - interstellar clouds of dust, gas and plasma – and The Spindle, a galaxy 32 million light years away. Turn each stamp over and a surprise is revealed. Printed on the backing paper of each self-adhesive stamp is a description of the celestial object depicted. This is the first time that Royal Mail has printed on the rear of stamps.
 

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