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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!

 
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!

 
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