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Stargazing Live Event at Armagh Planetarium PDF Print E-mail

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On Tuesday 7th January, the NIAAS will be back at the Armagh Planetarium for another action packed night of activities. This is our forth year of doing this stargazing live event at the Planetarium and if its anything like the last three, you shouldn't miss it!

The start time is 7.00pm and we'll be there with our telescopes giving advice and showing you the night sky in all its glory! For the young astronomers, the Planetarium will have a space based arts and crafts session.

But that's not all, they will be screening free presentations of their Theater Show Beyond The Blue(Seats for the shows must be pre-booked in advance to avoid disappointment!)
Visit the Armagh Planetarium website for more info.

For more info on this event visit the BBC Things To Do Website!

If you have got a telescope and want some expert advice bring it along to this event and we will be more than happy to help you, or if you are looking at getting into stargazing come along for a friendly chat.

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Newgrange Trip Report PDF Print E-mail

On Saturday 19th October 2013 the society ran a trip to Newgrange Neolithic tomb in County Meath.


Ten members got up early and travelled down together.


Newgrange is about 5000 years old and is older than the pyramids and Stonehenge and also holds the distinction of being a UNESO world heritage site.

Brian Smyth PDF Print E-mail

brian_smythIt comes with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our friend and colleague Brian Smyth who passed away yesterday (Tuesday 2nd April).

Brian was made an honorary member of the society last year for his long service. He was a past treasurer and secretary of the society and his enthusiasm at the meetings will be sorely missed by all.

On behalf of the society committee, members and friends of the NIAAS we would like to offer or thoughts and prayers to Brian's family at this sad time.

Sir Patrick Moore PDF Print E-mail

Sir Patrick Moore.

The author, broadcaster and renowned amateur astronomer, Sir Patrick Moore, has died peacefully at his home in Sussex, at the age of 89.

Sir Patrick first presented the BBC programme, "The Sky at Night" back in 1957, and continued to do so up until last week. He inspired generations of beginners to take up the hobby of astronomy, with his enthusiasm, knowledge, and presentational skills.

He wrote over 100 books, many on his favourite subject, the Moon. He was editor of the "Yearbook of Astronomy", and penned countless magazine articles. He was also a skilled musician, and composed his own works.

His passing is a great loss to the world of amateur astronomy, and he will be badly missed.



December 2012 Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The next meeting of the NIAAS will be held on Monday 3rd December 2012 in Ballyclare High School Lecture Theatre, starting at 8pm. Our speaker for the night will be Dr. Matt Redman from the Centre For Astronomy, National University of Ireland, Galway. His talk is titled 'Star Destruction' 

This is the first time Dr.Redman has been with us and i'm sure there will be a good turnout at this meeting, the last of the year!
About Matt:
I'm from Manchester, UK originally. I did a degree in Physics at Durham University 1991-1994 followed by a PhD in Manchester University 1994-1997. My thesis was a theoretical investigation into the lifetimes and shapes of ultracompact HII regions. I worked then at University of Leeds and Jodrell Bank Observatory 1997-2000 carrying out optical observations and modeling of planetary nebulae and supernova remnants. Then at University College London between 2000-2003 I carried out millimetre observations and modeling of cold dark star forming molecular clouds. I moved to Ireland in 2003 to the Dublin Insitute for Advanced Studies and since 2004 have been lecturing at National University of Ireland Galway. My current research spans both star formation and star destruction processes using observations and numerical models. 

Refreshments are available after the meeting (mince pies?)!

Suggested Admission Donation:

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


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