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December 2019 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

Our final meeting of 2019 will be on Monday 2nd December, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture TheatreDirections can be found here.

The speaker for this meeting is Dr Matt Redman from The Centre of Astronomy at Galway University.  He will be giving a talk entitled The Shaping of Planetary Nebulae

About Matt  I completed my doctoral studies under Professor John Dyson at the University of Manchester, following him to the University of Leeds. A new model for one of the earliest manifestations of the birth of the most massive stars was developed. Upon graduation I moved back to the Jodrell Bank Observatory at the University of Manchester as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor John Meaburn. Using instruments installed on the Anglo- Australian Telescope, led to the discovery of highly explosive outbursts in objects known as Planetary Nebula, which had previously been thought to evolve in a steady fashion. This was followed by the discovery of evidence for sequential, nested supernova explosions in two peculiar objects, the Pencil Nebula and the Honeycomb Nebula.

My research programmes now bring together the themes of star formation and star destruction and I have studied how low mass star formation can proceed in the vicinity of violent massive stars. A recently new research theme, inspired by the widespread discovery of exoplanets, is to investigate the effects of the destruction of planets on the evolution of sun-like stars as they evolve to form (coincidentally, and confusingly misnamed!) planetary nebulae, the shaping of which are not understood. This work has been well supported by grants for PhD students and a postdoctoral researcher.

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 including mince pies, a festive treat on the run up to Christmas.  A donation bucket is available at the door if you wish to support us in our work!

Hope to see you all there!



 
November 2019 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

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

Our speaker for this meeting will be Dr Ryan Milligan from Queen's University, his talk is titled The Sleeping Giant the Current State of Solar Activity

Ryan is a lecturer at the School of Mathematics and Physics. The school carries out research in the fields of quantum information and measurement, theory of soft matter, and supernova research.

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 2019 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The second meeting of the season will be on Monday 7th October, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture TheatreDirections can be found here.

We are pleased to announce that our second speaker for the season is Prof. Michael  Burton Director of Armagh Observatory/Planetarium.  He will be giving a talk entitled Astronomy in Antarctica.

About Michael:  My academic career includes significant periods in the USA (NASA, Mauna Kea Observatory), Australia (Anglo Australian Observatory, University of New South Wales), Chile (Universidad de Chile, Chajnantor Observatory), Antarctica (South Pole and the high Antarctic Plateau), as well as Ireland (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies) and the UK (Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Leeds, the Royal Greenwich Observatory and Armagh).

I am an astronomer, with primary research expertise in the formation of stars within the molecular clouds of our Galaxy, and an educator, with 25 years university-level teaching (including Director of Teaching in Physics in a large university), combined together with an active involvement in science communication and outreach.

Of my contributions to service in my discipline, I am currently President of the largest Division of the International Astronomical Union (Division B - Facilities, Technology, Data Science).

I was the Editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of New South Wales for 5 years – one of the oldest peer reviewed publications in the Southern Hemisphere.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Astronomical Society of Australia, the Australian Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of New South Wales.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Michael along to the society for the first time.  I'm sure it will be a fascinating talk of doing Astronomy in such a harsh environment.

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 2019 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The first meeting of our new season will be on Monday 2nd September, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture TheatreDirections can be found here.

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I am really excited to announce that our first speaker for the new season is Gary Fildes the creator of Kilder Observatory! When I first read his book a couple of years ago, I knew we had to get him over to give us a talk.

About Gary: As a child I wasn't encouraged by my teachers to explore my love for science. We were destined for the shipyards, building sites or the military. I ended up on building sites for 25 years. I also became an astronomer. By the time I was in my mid thirties, I had joined the Sunderland Astronomical Society where my interest grew massively. By 2002 I had started the Kielder forest star camp, and a year later I would start a path that would change my life forever, in ways I hadn't imagined.

In 2004 I was appointed astronomical adviser for the Kielder Observatory project, in the beautiful Kielder Forest in Northumberland. I put all my passion for the stars into my plan to build an observatory. In 2008 it opened, with me as a volunteer. I was then appointed Director and lead astronomer where I oversaw the whole organisation and managed it to what it is today, eventually being appointed as CEO.

In 2019 I resigned from the observatory to pursue my own ambitions – ambitions to reach even more people than before.

In 2016 I published my first book 'An Astronomers Tale' here you can learn all about how and why I found myself directing the observatory, starting off from my humble beginnings as a brickie in Sunderland.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Gary along to the society! This promises to be a fantastic start to our new season and a night not to be missed.

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 2019 Meeting & AGM PDF Print E-mail

The final meeting of 2019 will be on Monday 13th May, it starts at 8pm sharp in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture Theatre. Directions can be found here.

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 Lawrence Hanna will be giving us a short talk on 'Astrophotography'.

Following this, for the forth 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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