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The Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society (NIAAS)
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The next meeting of the society is on Monday 14th November, starting at 8pm sharp in Ballyclare High School lecture theatre. Directions can be found here

Our speaker for November is Dr.Rubini Kotak from Queens University Belfast. Dr.Kotak will be giving a talk on Supernovae, and as you can see below, this is a subject she is an expert on! This is the first talk that Rubini has done for us, so it's one to look forward to.

Rubina Kotak's main research interests lie in the area of supernova explosions, of both the thermonuclear and core-collapse varieties. She is also interested in stellar evolution immediately prior to explosion, in the direct influence of supernovae on their environments, and in the use of supernovae as probes of the distant Universe. For her multi-wavelength obervational work she uses a range of ground- and space-based facilties such the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Very Large Telescope array in Chile.

 She also has more than a passing interest in asteroseismology of compact objects (the subject of her PhD thesis).

Rubina Kotak did her MPhys (Astrophysics/French) degree at the University of Kent at Canterbury, and obtained her PhD in 2002 from Lund Observatory (Sweden). Since then, she has held postdoctoral fellowships awarded by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, hosted at Imperial College London, and a European Southern Observatory fellowship held at ESO headquarters in Garching, Germany. She joined the supernova group at Queen's as a staff member in January 2007.


I'm sure there will be a great turnout for this night and as always, refreshments are available after the meeting!


Suggested Admission Donation:

Members: Free
Associate Members: £2
Non-Members: £3


September Newsletter PDF Print E-mail
This months newsletter in pdf format can be downloaded here. (note: this is print format layout and may not read normally if viewing on screen). To download: right click and Save as..
New Season! PDF Print E-mail
Our new season of speakers is now almost complete. Click here now to check out what we have planned for 2011 & 2012
Associate Membership PDF Print E-mail

Due to the great increase of interest, we are very proud to introduce a new associate membership pack!

Are you interested in local astronomy and would like to become a member of the NIAAS but you're unable to attend our meetings in Ballyclare? Then Associate Membership is for you!