Michael West lecture - Prof Lawrence Krauss - "Cosmic Connections: from the Big Bang to life on earth and beyond"

Prof Lawrence Krauss

Prof. Lawrence M. Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist and acclaimed teacher and lecturer. His studies include the early universe, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics. He is currently the Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Department, and Inaugural Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University.

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

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"

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

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

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

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

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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IAA President receives BEM Medal

Terry Moseley, BEM with son and daughter
The hot news of last Summer was that Terry Moseley, now commencing his 10th year as IAA President, had been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Astronomy Education. Well, he has now received his medal and here is Terry's own account of his day.....
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The 40th Annual General Meeting - 16th April

IAA meeting
Wednesday 16th April marks the date of the 40th Annual General Meeting of the Association. The purposes of the meeting are to review the activities of the past year, elect a new Council for the coming year and for the Council to receive feedback from the membership on how they - that's you - would like to see the Association develop.
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