Thankyou to all EAAS members who turned up at such short notice at the
Collin Picnic Park. Mars was shining brightly throughout the
evening as we slewed the scopes to M13, M27, M31, M33, M45, M51, M57,
M81, M82, M101 and more. Uranus was a beautiful turquiose blue and the
milky-way was like a blanket of stars. The star party commenced at 9pm
and went on for over 4 hours as the conditions were excellent. We had
many passing visitors who wondered at the starry sky and were able to
view the wonders through the range of telescopes and binoculars on offer.
The BBC were also there to record the event which was broadcast the
next morning on BBC Radio Ulster. Mars' closest approach ever was remarkable
with the polar caps and surface details visible, even with modest equipment
and over the next few months, Mars will be well worth viewing.
Out of this night, one photo was featured on the NASA Astronomy Picture Of the Day which brought thousands of visitors flooding to the EAAS website.