Dr Stefano Bagnulo is an astronomer working at Armagh Observatory. He and his team are carrying out pioneering work that makes it easier to detect signs of life on other planets by filtering out the overwhelming light form the parent star. In this lecture Dr Bagnulo will explain how it's done and what it means for the future of exoplanet expoloration.
Sunspot AR1944 caused something of a stir in early January as it unleashed the most promising Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) of the current season toward Earth just in time for our Stargazing Live evening! Sadly, it missed and we didn't get the Northern lights that evening. The sunspot lived on however and reappeared as AR1967 and incredibly returned again as AR1990. Just as it appeared around the limb it let go with an X4.2 flare - huge but not Earth directed, we were only expecting a glancing blow. But the Earth's magnetic field was very favourable, and we got a good display - even the weather was good!
To celebrate the first anniversary of the Chelyabinsk meteorite fall in Russia, the Ulster Museum are holding a Meteorite Day from 13:00 to 16:30 on Saturday 15th February - details here....
Members of the IAA will on hand to answer any telescope queries and there may be Solar Observing if the sky is clear!
Prof. Gerry Gilmore will give the Michael West Spring 2014 lecture on "GAIA mission and the origin of the Milky Way".
Please note the following:-
This lecture will take place in the Larmor Theatre accessed by the West side of the Physics Dept towards the Whitla Hall