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12/2006 EAAS Visit to the Armagh Planetarium Christmas Show PDF Print E-mail

On the bright and sunny morning of Saturday 9th December 2006, members of the EAAS met up at newly re-opened Armagh Planetarium for their new Christmas Show, titled “The Mystery Of The Christmas Star”.

Part of the EAAS group at the new planetarium

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11/2006 Leonid Fireball Wows Stargazers! PDF Print E-mail

Name

  Conor McDonald, Robert Cobain and Martin McKenna
Location
  Northern Ireland
Time and Date taken
  19th November 2006 0127ut
Equipment used
  Camera and tripod
Capturing device used
  Canon 350D digital SLR with 300mm lens
Technical details
  none

On Sunday 19th November at 01:27ut a meteroid burnt up over Ireland producing a spectacular fireball and smoke trail. Conor McDonald was there to witness the event along with a few others and captured 3 magnificent photos of the smoke train that lasted over 7 minutes after the meteor burnt up.

Leonid smoke train

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10/2006 Orionid Shower Spectacular! PDF Print E-mail

KillylaneFollowing on from the successful EAAS Perseid viewing night in August, the weekend of the Orionid meteor shower was anticipated as another opportunity for some good viewing, this time in moonless conditions. However, from the onset, predicted weather conditions played havock with the schedules until the Friday night, when we went ahead regardless. The observing location was Killylane Reservoir, Shanes Hill.

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05/2006 EAAS Member Recieves Top IAU Award PDF Print E-mail

An asteroid has recently been named for EAAS member Martin McKenna by the International Astronomical Union. Martin who comes from Maghera, Co. Londonderry, has been interested in astronomy for a number of years, and specializes in comet hunting. He has so far spent over 1000 hours searching for that elusive comet “McKenna”. However, he has now got his own piece of real estate in the sky as “(42531) McKenna”.

Proposer, John McConnellMartin McMcKenna with asteroid discoverer, David Asher

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08/2006 Perseid Meteor Watch PDF Print E-mail

PERSEID WATCH 11/12TH AUGUST 2006
The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most famous and reliable of all the annual meteor showers which the earth encounters each year during its cycle around the sun. The meteors originate from short period comet Swift - Tuttle and for several weeks during this period amateur astronomers around the world watch and photograph the sky in the hope of catching a nice display. This year’s peak activity took place on Saturday 12/13th August however good meteor counts can be obtained several nights either side of maximum activity.

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04/2006 Lyrid Meteor Watch From Killylane PDF Print E-mail

The peek of the annual Lyrid meteor shower took place on Friday April 21/22 2006 and the EAAS organised a watch which took place at the society's favourite observing location within the car park over looking Killylane Reservoir outside Larne.

The night was open to all members and non-members alike for what we hoped would be an enjoyable night watching the tail debris of comet Thatcher burning up high in the Earth's atmosphere.

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03/2006 Messier Marathon PDF Print E-mail

Below are 2 reports of the Messier Marathon from Killylane Reservoir, Shane's Hill.

Killylane Reservoir

Report by Martin McKenna

Hi all

On Friday 3rd March the EAAS held their Messier Marathon from Killylane Reservoir outside Larne. This was my own first time observing from this new location and the environment left a deep impression on me.

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