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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!

 
February 2018 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

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

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As many of you are well aware, the February meeting is always our very special Andrew Trimble Memorial Lecture. This year we have invited, from The University of Manchester, Dr. Rene Breton.

Rene will be giving us a talk titled 'The Secret Life of Pulsars'

About the talk: February marks 50 years since Lurgan born Jocelyn Bell Burnell and English radio astronomer Anthony Hewish made the announcement of the discovery of pulsars. In this talk Rene looks back on the last five decades of research into these incredible cosmic lighthouses.

This is Dr. Breton's first time with us and we are really excited to welcome him to our society and hear what promises to be a great talk.

As usual, the talk is free for all and if it is your first time with us you will be made very welcome!

About Dr. Rene Breton: I'm a Lecturer at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at The University of Manchester since November 2014.

I fell in love with astronomy when I was a little boy and spent countless nights stargazing and dreaming about becoming a professional astronomer while I was growing up.

Here's a few facts about me:
Born and raised in Quebec City, Canada
PhD from McGill University in 2009 under the supervision of Vicky Kaspi.
I was a research fellow at the University of Toronto in Marten van Kerkwijk's group from 2008-2011.
I was a research fellow at the University of Southampton in Rob Fender's 4PISKY group from 2012-2013. I was also a lecturer there from 2013-2014.

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!

 
January 2018 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

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

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I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year!

We will be starting the new year with a talk by NIAAS Secretary Stevie Beasant. Stevie will be giving us a talk on Mars

Who better than our very own expert to give us this talk to kick off 2018!

Don't miss it!

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 the talk is free and 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!

 
December 2017 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The last meeting of 2018 will be our Christmas lecture on Monday 4th December, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture TheatreDirections can be found here.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome a new speaker to the society, Dr. Sophie Murray from Trinity College Dublin will be traveling up to give us a talk titled 'Space Weather Forecasting - Bring Astrophysics Down To Earth'.

About the talk: Space weather describes the dynamic conditions in Earth's outer space environment in the same way that weather refers to conditions in Earth's lower atmosphere. Whilst everyday space weather will not be noticeable to most people, a severe space weather event can significantly impact a multitude of vital ground- and space- based technologies and infrastructure on which we depend as part of our daily lives. This talk will explore the origins of space weather at our Sun, potential impacts on Earth, and the steps we are taking to mitigate severe events.

About Sophie: Sophie Murray is a solar physicist with over ten years experience in the field of space weather research and forecasting. Her research interests range from solar active regions and eruptions to the impact of space weather on the Earth's upper atmosphere. After completing a PhD in solar physics at Trinity College Dublin, Sophie worked as a Space Weather Research Scientist at the Met Office, the UK's national meteorological service. Collaborating with scientists, forecasters, policy makers, and end users, she transitioned basic science to operational space weather forecasting products. Now a Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Sophie is currently investigating the solar source of eruptive events in order to better predict them.

This promises to be be a great lecture to finish off the year and as it's getting closer to Christmas we will have the customary mince pies and biscuits along with our free refreshments after the talk. Don't miss it!

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 the talk is free, a donation bucket is available at the door if you wish to support us in our work!

Hope to see you all there!

 
October 2017 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The second meeting of the 2017/ 2018 season is on Monday 2nd October, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture TheatreDirections can be found here.

keenanIt gives me great pleasure to welcome back Professor Francis Keenan from Queen's University Belfast. The title of his talk is 'We Come In Peace - Aliens In Popular Science Fiction'. It sounds like this lecture is going to be good fun for all us Sci-fi film buffs!

Francis was last with us in 2014 and I remember that talk well, as I said at the time "I will never watch another film about space travel the same way again"! Really looking forward to this lecture as I'm sure it will be full of movie clips, laughs and will question your understanding of the galaxy and our friend E.T! 

As with last month, this really isn't a lecture you want to miss!

About Professor Keenan: As usual too much to type here, so follow the link to his profile page!

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 the talk is free, a donation bucket is available at the door if you wish to support us in our work! Refreshments are available (also free) after the meeting and so is some good chat!

Hope to see you all there!

 
September 2017 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The first meeting of the 2017/ 2018 season is on Monday 4th September, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture Theatre. Directions can be found here.

carolin_crawfordWe always like to start the new season with a bang, so it give me great pleasure to introduce our speaker for September:

Dr. Carolin Crawford will be joining us from Cambridge, and will be giving a talk titled 'Cassini at Saturn'. This is the first time Carolin has been over with us and I'm sure you will all make her very welcome!
As you are aware this is a great time to have a talk on Cassini as it now enters the last few days of its fascinating mission and who better to give us a talk on it, than a previous winner of the 'Women Of Outstanding Achievement Award' for her outstanding abilities at science communication!

I say this quite often, but this really isn't a lecture you want to miss!

About Dr. Carolin Crawford: I'm just going to give you this link to her Wiki page as I could never fit all her achievements on here! 

As this is the first meeting of the new season, we recommend you try to make it to the school early, as we will be taking membership renewals and this can take some time. If you're joining us for the first time or renewing your membership we would like to thank you for your continuing support!

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 the talk is free, a donation bucket is available at the door if you wish to support us in our work! Refreshments are available (also free) after the meeting and so is some good chat!

Hope to see you all there!

 
End of Season Update PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank everyone who came along to our meetings this season, we hope you enjoyed them as much as we did and we look forward to seeing you all again in September.

As you know, we take a bit of a break now but we'll be working hard over the summer to put together speakers and events for next season. Keep checking the website over the summer as we hope to have our annual BBQ for the Perseid Meteor Shower (Weather Permitting of course). Also check the forum as the observing group will continue to head out over the coming months.

If you where unable to attend the AGM meeting, the new committee was elected as follows:

 

Chairperson: Geraldine Gribben
Vice-Chair: Jonathan Bingham
Secretary: Stevie Beasant
Treasurer: Ralph Gault
Observing Co-ordinator: Jason Christie
Webmaster: Philip Matchett
Press Officer: Derrick McCourt
I would also like to thank Ian McConnell and Simon Sloan for their time on the committee and wish them all the best for the future.
Have a Great Summer!Cool

 

 

 
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