Club News & Events
Interest in Jupiter rises as Opposition approaches PDF Print E-mail

With the newly observed hole in Jupiter's Southern polar region, there has never been a better time to become familiar with Jupiter's bands and storms.

From the beginning of August, Jupiter will be rising at 21:50, and by the end of August it will rise at 19:40, visible in the constellation of Capricornus.

Why not take a look and see for yourself?

The NIAAS will be holding star parties, the next of which will coincide with the Perseid meteor shower - more details will be on the NIAAS Forum.

04/2009 IYA Moonwatch PDF Print E-mail

On Wednesday 1st April 2009 the NIAAS decided to take advantage of the clear skies and have their first moonwatch. The night turned out to be a resounding success.
We met at ASDA in Ballyclare at 8.30pm, and set up two Meade Lightbridges, a 12" and a 16", both fitted with widefield 2" eyepieces. The 12" showed the moon at approx 40X, while the 16" was showing 100X.
In the hour and a half until closing time, almost 100 people had a look through the telescopes,

A New Observatory for Northern Ireland PDF Print E-mail
Congratulations To Kieran Rooney!

Following on from his successfull workshop at Monday night's NIAAS meeting, Kieran has had some great news. Here is a press release from Dave McDonald:

Kieran Rooney, of the Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society (NIAAS), was smitten by the astronomy bug when he was a child. After graduating from University, he worked in the mineral exploration industry and ended up in Mozambique. On returning home to County Down and dark skies, he began imaging the night sky and sharing his results. He is renowned for these wonderful images taken from his observatory but he recently became interested in asteroids - dark, cold, rocky objects that orbit the sun and are remnants from the birth of the Solar System.

NIAAS Chair On Radio Ulster PDF Print E-mail

Congratulations to NIAAS chair Maria Hanna, who features on this week’s ‘Your Place And Mine’ show on BBC Radio Ulster.

Maria is interviewed by the show’s host Anne Marie McAleese and she talks about the society, IYA2008 and even her rendition of the Galaxy Song!

The show was broadcast on Saturday Morning 17th January at 0800 and is repeated today on Sunday 18th January at 1500.

Dave Grennan Receives NIAAS Award PDF Print E-mail
As you know, at the NIAAS launch party on Monday 5th January, we presented Dave McDonald with a gift, on behalf of the society, for being the first person in Ireland to discover an asteroid in 150 years. Unfortunately Dave Grennan was not able to make the night, which was a pity as we were hoping to present him with a gift for his great discovery as well. But Dave McDonald was kind enough to accept it on his behalf. On the night Dave said that he would try to think of a way to present him with it, rather than just handing it over! Little did we know what he had planned!
NIAAS Launch Night A Great Success PDF Print E-mail

The Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society got off to a great start last night at Ballyclare High School. Almost 50 people turned up on a very cold night to join in the launch of the new society and also the beginning of the International Year of Astronomy. We were pleased to welcome some distinguished guests and great friends of the society, Prof. Mark Bailey, Dr David Asher and Dr Miruna Popescu from Armagh Observatory, as well as Pat O'Neill, president of the Irish Astronomical Association. Our special guest and speaker was Dave McDonald, along with his wife Fiona.

New Year, New Name, New Website! PDF Print E-mail

Happy New Year!
Welcome to the new look website for the NIAAS. As all of our members know, as of the 1st January 2009 the East Antrim Astronomical Society (EAAS) has changed its name to the Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society (NIAAS).

To celebrate this event our January meeting on Monday 5th is our Launch Party. This will be a very special evening for us all, with both telescopes and members' photographs on display, and refreshments will be available on the night.

In addition we will be honouring Dave Mc Donald, an IFAS Astronomer of the Year and recent discoverer of the first asteroid from Ireland since 1848, in Great Famine times.

Dave McDonald with John McConnell Dave has also agreed to give us a talk on his discovery titled: "Celtic Rock - Hunting for Asteroids"

We look forward to seeing all our members along on this special night!


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