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February 2019 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The second meeting of 2019 season will be on Monday 4th February, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture TheatreDirections can be found here.

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In February we hold our special Andrew Trimble Memorial Lecture and this year we are really lucky to have Professor Alan Fitzsimmons from Queens University Belfast along to give us our talk. Alan will be giving us a talk titled 'Oumuamua'.

Professor Alan Fitzsimmons is one of the top Astronomers in the U.K and it will be great to welcome him back to the society. Oumuamua is the name given to the first interstellar object that was discovered just over a year ago, passing through our solar system. It will be really interesting to hear Alan's take on this object as not a lot is known about it! 

About Prof. Fitzsimmons: I am an astronomer in the QUB Astrophysics Research Centre. My primary research interests are in performing observations of minor bodies in our solar system, comets and asteroids. These studies are generally based on observations performed on the UK supported telescopes in the Canary Islands (ING) and Chile ( ESO). I am also a member of the WASP consortium which has built and operates the SuperWASP facility on La Palma, and the UK Pan-STARRS Science Consortium.

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 2019 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The first meeting of 2019 season will be on Monday 14th January (take note this is the second Monday as there is a function on in the school on the first), 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 January meeting, we are really pleased to welcome Dr. Stuart Sim from Queens University Belfast, who will be giving us a talk titled 'Antimatter in the Milky Way'.

It's great to have another member of QUB's talented staff along to give the society a talk. Why not join us in January and start the year of in style with what promises to be another excellent lecture.

About Stuart: - Originally from Aberdeenshire in Scotland, Stuart studied in Oxford  for his undergrad and PhD
He then became a research astronomer (theory) working in various places (London, Munich, Canberra). Stuart is now a lecturer in the Astrophysics Research Centre at QUB (since 2013) and his main research interest is the theory and simulation of supernova explosions.

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!

 
December 2018 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The last meeting of 2018 will be on Monday 3rd December, 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 December meeting, we are going to hold one of our very popular beginners' nights. This year we are going to be looking at a range of equipment for observing. We will be showing you the essential gear and what to do with it. This meeting will be hosted by NIAAS members and will be a very relaxed evening with lots of opportunities to get hands on. If you are new to Astronomy, then come along and ask loads of questions, we will even help you to write your list for Santa!!

After the meeting, weather dependant, we will set some telescopes up and do some observing in the school carpark.

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, mince pies anyone? A donation bucket is available at the door if you wish to support us in our work!

Hope to see you all there!

 
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!

 
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