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November 2018 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The next meeting of 2018/19 season will be on Monday 5th November, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture TheatreDirections can be found here.

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For our November meeting, we are really pleased to welcome a new speaker to the society, Dr. Steve Barrett from University of Liverpool, who will be giving us a talk titled 'Warping Space and Time'.

I'm really looking forward to meeting Dr. Barrett, as he is really big in the lecture circuit in England and Wales averaging over 20 talks a year! This promises to be an excellent lecture, and is just one of his many talks, this one is about the facts, and science fiction of black holes! I'm sure we will have a good turnout to this talk!

About Steve: Steve Barrett is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of Liverpool. With long-standing interests in astronomy and photography, it is no surprise to find that many of the twenty or so outreach talks that he gives have an astronomical flavour. Check out his website here!

Please note: Under 16's are very welcome but due to our child protection policy, we ask that they are accompanied by an adult.

As always we will have refreshments available after the meeting, a donation bucket is available at the door if you wish to support us in our work!

Hope to see you all there!

 
October 2018 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The second meeting of 2018/19 season will be on Monday 1st October, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture Theatre. Directions can be found here.

For our October meeting, we are really pleased to welcome a new speaker to the society, Professor Mihalis Mathioudakis from Queens University Belfast, who will be giving us a talk titled 'The Sun - Our Star'.

Athough new to us at the society, Prof. Mihalis has lived and worked in N.Ireland for many a year now. As the title of the talk gives it away, he will be telling us about his work researching the Sun. QUB is now one of the leaders in the astronomical world when it comes to research studies on the Sun and Mihalis has been involved in most of them. This promises to be an excellent lecture so I'm sure we will have a good turnout to this talk!

About Professor Mihalis Mathioudakis: Please follow this link to his page on the QUB website, you will see a lot of familiar names of speakers to the NIAAS over the years!

Please note: Under 16's are very welcome but due to our child protection policy, we ask that they are accompanied by an adult.

As always we will have refreshments available after the meeting, a donation bucket is available at the door if you wish to support us in our work!

Hope to see you all there!

 
September 2018 Lecture PDF Print E-mail

The first meeting of 2018/19 season will be on Monday 3rd September, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture Theatre. Directions can be found here.

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For our first meeting, our very own observing expert and society secretary, Stevie Beasant will be giving us a talk titled Observing the Autumn Sky.

As many of our members know, Stevie knows his night sky, and with darker evenings now approaching it's time to get the telescopes dusted off and get out observing. This months newsletter 'Alzimuth' has been produced to accompany Stevie's talk.

Please note: Under 16's are very welcome but due to our child protection policy, we ask that they are accompanied by an adult.

As always we will have refreshments available after the meeting, a donation bucket is available at the door if you wish to support us in our work!

Hope to see you all there!

 
May 2018 Meeting & AGM PDF Print E-mail

The final meeting of 2018 will be on Monday 14th May, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture Theatre. Directions can be found here.

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For our May meeting we are pleased to continue our very popular 'Member's Talks'. This month we are in for a treat as NIAAS committee member Derrick McCourt will be giving us a short talk on 'Visual Sky Experiences In Some Of The Darkest Sites In The World'.

Following this, for the third year NIAAS member Philip Matchett will be hosting his fun and bizarre 'Big Astronomy Quiz'! With real prizes!!!

After the quiz we will stop for a few refreshments, then we will be holding our AGM. All members are encouraged to stay for the AGM as your input is valuable to the continuing success of the society.

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We hope you have enjoyed this season so please come along for a final meet-up before we take our summer break!

Please note: Under 16's are very welcome but due to our child protection policy, we ask that they are accompanied by an adult.

Hope to see you all there!

 
April 2018 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The next meeting of 2018 will be on Monday 9th April, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture Theatre. Directions can be found here.

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For our April meeting, our very own observing expert and society secretary, Stevie Beasant will be giving us a talk titled Spring Galaxies.

As many of our members know, Stevie knows his night sky, so if you are interested in observing during the clear skies we are now overdue in spring, then you don't want to miss this talk.

Please note: Under 16's are very welcome but due to our child protection policy, we ask that they are accompanied by an adult.

As always we will have refreshments available after the meeting, a donation bucket is available at the door if you wish to support us in our work!

Hope to see you all there!

 
Patrick Watson PDF Print E-mail

It is with deepest sadness that we share with you the news of the passing of NIAAS member Patrick Watson. Patrick was a long time member and supporter of our society and had also served on the committee. In fact Patrick actually met his wife Deborah on a club outing to the Armagh Planetarium.

We will really miss him at our lectures as his knowledge of Astonomy always shone through, he was great at keeping our speakers on their toes with really intelligent questions.

On behalf of the society commmittee, members and friends of the NIAAS, we would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to Patrick's family at this sad time.

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Patrick (Left) with his brother-in-law Martin

 
March 2018 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The next meeting of 2018 will be on Monday 5th March, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture Theatre. Directions can be found here.

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For our March meeting we are pleased to have a great friend to the society back with us again to give us a talk. Ronan Newman from Galway will be giving us a lecture titled: 'The Aurora Borealis in Irish History - From Superstition to the Digitial Age'

About the talk: Most of us can only dream of seeing the Northern Lights with our own eyes. There's no ligh show in the world like it. No amount of modern shimmering screens, zapping lasers or spinning disco balls can match Mother Nature's sky show: The Northern Lights. Think the Aurora Borealis and you probably imagine setting your compass for spots like Norway , Canada or Greenland . In recent years the shimmering solar phenomena has been spotted frequently above the skies of Ireland . However it can be difficult to know whether or not it will be possible to see the aurora borealis until the night in question.

The talk will explore the Folklore, History and Science behind the Irish Aurora Borealis with some fleeting glimpse into the archives from the likes of the Met office and several fascinating clips from Belfast newspapers. The talk will also give an insight into how to predict and photograph displays of the Aurora Borealis and a related summer nocturnal phenomena called Noctilucent Clouds.

Please note: Under 16's are very welcome but due to our child protection policy, we ask that they are accompanied by an adult.

As always we will have refreshments available after the meeting, a donation bucket is available at the door if you wish to support us in our work!

Hope to see you all there!

 
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