Weds 13th April - Annual General Meeting

Total Solar Eclipse
Wednesday 13th April marks the date of the 42nd 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.
 
We have also had a sub-committee sitting to decide whether or not the prestigious Aidan P Fitzgerald Award should be awarded this year, and if so, who the recipient should be. 
 

IAA at Benburb Castle, Sat 9th April, 7 p.m

Benburb Castle
The IAA has been invited to hold another one of our ever-popular public astronomy events at a new venue, Benburb Castle, Co Tyrone. We will have observing (if clear) of a lovely young crescent Moon, magnificent Jupiter, and maybe even glimpse the innermost planet, elusive little Mercury. Plus of course all the usual Deep Sky Objects visible in this darks-sky location.
 
There will also be a very good pass over by the brilliant ISS.
 

Lecture - 17th Feb - Prof Andy Shearer (NUIG) - “What we don’t know (Dark Energy and Dark Matter)”

Prof Andy Shearer
We know a lot about the universe but what makes astronomy a continuously fascinating subject is what we don’t know. This includes 96% of the energy of the universe which is in the form of either dark matter or dark energy. Apart from these major considerations there are many other aspects of the universe we don’t understand including :  Where do the highest energy cosmic rays come from? Is there life elsewhere in the universe? What are neutron stars made of? 
 

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