IAA Lecture 17th December: Dr Ernst de Mooij (QUB) - "Characterising the atmospheres of exoplanets"

Artist's conception of an exoplanet. Art by Karen Teramura. (c) NASA

Over the past two decades more than one thousand planets have been discovered outside our Solar System. What is even more interesting is that we have started to investigate atmospheres of these planets using telescopes both on the ground and in space. In this talk I will show how we can study the atmospheres of these alien worlds, and what we have learned from these observations.

Lecture 3rd December: Prof Tom Ray, of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Title: "The Einstein Lens and a Tale of Two Eclipses.”

This lecture will present some exclusive new findings about the trips that were made to various parts of the world to observe the Total Solar Eclipse in 1919: the first attempt to check the predictions of General Relativity. see http://www.earthmagazine.org/article/benchmarks-solar-eclipse-proves-rel...
 
There are two important local connections –
 

Public Astronomy Night at Slieve Gullion, Sunday 30th November

NGC 7000
The IAA will be holding another public astronomy outreach event, this time at a new dark sky venue, the visitor's centre at Slieve Gullion Forest Park, near the village of Meigh, SW of Newry. 
 
VENUE: Visitors Centre, Slieve Gullion Forest Park. •Signposted off B113 from Newry to Forkhill, past the village of Meigh. It has nice dark skies. The entrance is at N 54 deg 6' 36.5"; W: 6 deg 24' 19"
 

IAA 40th Anniversary Dinner - Friday 28th November

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!
 
There is free parking at the venue. Directions to venue will be given later
 

IAA Lecture, 19th November, Dr Mike Simms - "What meteorites tell us about the early Solar System"

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.

Huge Fireball over Ireland and Scotland

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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