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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

08/2006 Perseid Meteor Watch PDF Print E-mail

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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