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IAA 40th Anniversary Dinner - Friday 28th November

Nov
28
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the formation of the IAA (formerly the Belfast Centre of the Irish Astronomical Society) in 1974, we are having a Celebratory / Seasonal Dinner on Friday 28 November, in a private suite in the Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Upper Newtownards Road, Stormont, Belfast. We have got an excellent deal on this so it's not to be missed!
 
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IAA Lecture, 19th November, Dr Mike Simms - "What meteorites tell us about the early Solar System"

Nov
19
Dr Mike Simms

How can we determine the age of a meteorite, or even the Solar System? How can we unravel the processes that formed Earth and the rest of the Solar System from the primordial dust cloud? The presence, or absence, of particular elements and isotopes in meteorites and their components, and the physics and chemistry of those elements, provides abundant clues to what happened in those first few million years.

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Huge Fireball over Ireland and Scotland

Nov
18
Fireball 18th Nov 2014
At 17:30 on Tuesday 18th November IAA President Terry Moseley received a call from an IAA member at the Met Office in Aldergrove reporting a fireball "as bright as the Moon". The still frame above was taken from Low Craighead Farm, near Girvan, Ayrshire (please contact us if this is yours!) and shows the fireball, and to the right of it, Altair, a first magnitude star, the 12th brightest in the sky!
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IAA Lecture 5th November - Prof Andy Shearer: "Feeding the giant - science possibilities of the next generation of extremely large telescopes."

Nov
05
Prof Andy Shearer

Synopsis: "Over the next ten years a number of new giant telescopes will come on line - these include the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and in X-rays, Athena. Each one of these will dramatically change our view of the universe. At a recent workshop in Galway, "Speed and Sensitivity: Expanding Astronomical Horizons with ELTs" the possibilities from the current generation of instruments as well as the next generation of instruments for ELTs were discussed.

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World Space Week - Elements of the Universe, Ulster Museum 11th October

Oct
11
Sun in Hydrogen Alpha light

The IAA will be running a major public astronomy & space outreach event in conjunction with the Ulster Museum on Saturday 11th October.

This will be at the Museum on Stranmillis Road, from 11:00 to 16:30.

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IAA World Space Week Lecture, 8th October: Prof Don Kurtz, UCLAN: "The Kepler Mission: Exoplanets and Asteroseismology"

Oct
08
Prof Don Kurtz

Prof Kurtz is a very highly regarded speaker on a wide variety of topics, and this one for World Space Week will focus on one of the most successful space missions ever: the Kepler Spacecraft. This has now detected well over 1,000 planets going round other stars, some of which are like planets in our own solar system, including a few which are fairly like Earth, and some which are amazingly different from our own familiar ones.

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IAA New Season Opening Lecture 24th Sept: Latest Science Results from Rosetta, by Leo Enright

Sep
24
Leo Enright at the IAA
The Rosetta spacecraft is now in a sort of 'orbit' round Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, sending back some jawdropping photos. After studying the 'binary' surface in more detail, it will land a probe on the surface. 
 
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17th August - IAA Solar Day at Castle Espie

Aug
17
Inside the Stardome

On Sunday 17th August we will be holding another of our very popular Solar Days at WWF Castle Espie in County Down  - as usual from 2pm to 5pm. This venue has become a regular on the Summer calendar over the last few years and as well as Solar Observing we will be offering displays of meteorites and other astronomical paraphenalia and of course Star Shows in the Stardome. 

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The Noctilucent Cloud Season begins

May
27
Noctilucent Clouds over Larne

From around the end of May until the beginning of August these mysterious white clouds can be seen from Northern latitudes. As luck would have it, Northern Ireland is ideally placed for observing these clouds - further north and the sky is too light, further south and the clouds are too close to the horizon to be seen, although in recent years there have been sightings from Southern England.

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17th-24th May - 'Seeing the Universe in all its light' Roadshow at QUB

May
17
Following the success of last year's CERN event at QUB the Science and Facilities Council (STFC) are returning once again to host the 'Seeing the Universe in all its light' roadshow from 17th-24th May and features stunning science images and interactive exhibits bringing the Universe to your fingertips!
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