Michael O'Connell

Lecture Weds 14th November – Michael O’Connell – “Amateur Observations of Meteors”

Lecture Intro:
This talk outlines where meteors are from, why we have meteor showers and how to observe them.
Michael describes the meteor science that amateur astronomers can play an active role in.  
In particular, the talk outlines how to detect meteors using visual techniques, with cameras and via radio.
The talk also outlines why it's useful to observe meteors as part of a group effort.
Speaker Bio:
Michael OConnell is the former chairperson of the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies and Midlands Astronomy Club.
Aside from assisting Dunsink Observatory with outreach projects and organising the annual SOLARFEST solar conference,
Michael is an active member of NEMETODE, a group of amateur astronomers across the UK and Ireland who monitor the night sky for meteors.
During his free time, Michael observes the night sky from his observatory in Monasterevin, Co Kildare. 
Doors open about 7.15pm. There is free parking available on the campus in the evenings. Admission Free, including light refreshments. We are located in the Bell Theatre, Department of Mathematics and Physics, QUB – details here……
With thanks to the Astrophysics Research Centre, QUB, for assistance with this event.


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