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The new season is nearly here and we are excited to share with you, the details of the first meeting in September! It takes place at 8pm on Monday 7th September in our usual venue of Ballyclare High School Lecture Theatre. Directions can be found here.

We have put together a great range of talks for this season, with a lot of new speakers and we are starting with a bang for our September lecture. For the first time to the society we are really pleased to have Lisa-Marie Browne all the way from NUI Galway. The title of her talk is Globular Clusters! 

Lisa_marieLisa-Marie is currently working towards her Phd at The Centre for Astronomy at NUI Galway, she also is the founder and past chairperson of the award winning NUI Galway Astronomy Society.

Globular Clusters is one of Lisa-Marie's research areas, so who better than her to tell us all about them. More information about the talk and Lisa-Marie's bio can be seen below.

We are really looking forward to getting started ths season, our diary is filling up and the dark skies are coming! Please come along and give a great NIAAS welcome to Lisa-Marie Browne. It will be great to catch up and have a chat after the meeting with our usual free refreshments!

If you wish to support us and become a member of the NIAAS, you will have a chance to do so before and after the meeting! 



· Graduated in 2010 with a BSc in Physics and Astronomy from NUI Galway.
· In 2011 graduated with an MSc in Medical Physics from NUI Galway.
· In 2012 started a PhD in the centre for astronomy, NUI Galway, under the supervision of Dr Ray Butler and Prof Andy Shearer.
· Finalist at the Ross medal competition at this year's IOP Spring Weekend in Cork in March.

 NUI Galway Astronomy Society
· Founder of the NUI Galway Astronomy Society.

· Chairperson from 2012 to 2014. In 2014 the society won two university awards for Best Departmental Society and Best New Society. The society then went on to win Best New Society of Ireland at the Board of Irish College societies awards, which was hosted in Belfast in April 2014.
· While chairperson we had a number of events, which included a science fortnight, rocket building competition and a number of public talks, the highlight being a talk by the renowned Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

Globular Clusters: The globular cluster system of the Milky Way extends out to more than 100 kpc, with 158 globular clusters known to exist. In other galaxies, globular cluster systems are readily observable, providing important constraints on galaxy formation and helping to trace the history of star formation in the universe. A cluster is formed when a giant molecular cloud collapses; its stars have identical compositions and were formed within a short period of time. Multiple generations of stars exist in all globular clusters, with no two clusters having the same multiple generation pattern. This is revealed in their colour-magnitude (temperature-brightness) diagrams and in the chemical properties of the stars and it was recently voted as one of the Hubble Space Telescopes top discoveries. This talk will cover the main topics of globular clusters and the different objects that have been found to date.


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