IAA Zoom Lecture -Weds 17th March – John Flannery

“Charles Messier: His Life and his Legacy”

Synopsis:

Two hundred and fifty years ago this year the French astronomer Charles Messier (1730-1817) submitted the first draft of a catalogue that would guarantee him lasting fame. Now recognised as a list of the sky’s showpiece objects, it contains highlights such as the Great Nebula in Orion (designated M42); the Andromeda Galaxy (M31); and the beautiful Pleiades star cluster (M45).

Tonight’s talk by Irish Astronomical Society member John Flannery will tell a little about the life of Charles Messier, how his catalogue came into being, and its importance in astronomy.

Bio:

John is editor of the IAS quarterly journal and is active in astronomy outreach. His main interests as an amateur astronomer are the sky lore of world cultures; binocular observing; and astronomical history, Reporter Buzoian.

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Topic: John Flannery
Time: Mar 17, 2021 07:15 PM London

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IAA Zoom Lecture Weds 3rd March 7:30pm – Kevin Nolan

Title: Mars, the Search for Origins.


Abstract:

Mars shared an early history not dissimilar to Earth, and so the origin of life there is considered plausible. This talk looks at the history of our engagement with Mars; and examines the present day multi-decadal robotic exploration campaign to characterise the planet and what it has to reveal about life origins processes.

The reasoning for exploring the planet are considered, and the resulting scientific priorities, mission and instrument characteristics outlined. Finally, key results to date are presented, what they reveal about the planet and how they will shape the next missions there.

 

Biography:

Kevin Nolan is a lecturer in physics at TU Dublin, Tallaght campus. Having returned to academia from industry, Kevin is also working on a part-time PhD under Dr. Niall Smith, Head of Research at CIT. The project originally involved developing a software pipeline for the ESA Integral / OMC camera in association with Prof. Lorraine Hanlon, UCD; and now involves the data analysis of AGN photometric data derived from the mission.

Kevin is also involved in science outreach and has been a Volunteer for The Planetary Society (founder Carl Sagan) since 1998. In 2008 Kevin had a popular science book published titled “Mars, a Cosmic Stepping Stone” examining the motivations for the robotic exploration of the planet Mars. Kevin also makes frequent contributions to Astronomy Ireland magazine, The Irish Times and RTE in the areas of space science and exploration. 

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Topic: Dr Kevin Nolan
Time: Mar 3, 2021 07:15 PM London

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The Messier Marathon

This is an ideal time of year to see many of the Messier Catalogue in a single night. Paul Evans has produced a guide and simulation as to how one might go about this. From lover latitudes it is indeed possible to see all 110 objects in one moonless clear night, however a few are too low to see from Ireland.

Messier Marathon 2021

IAA Zoom Lecture Weds 17th Feb 19:30 – Dr Ernst De Mooij (QUB)

Title: Investigating the atmospheres of alien worlds


Abstract:

It has now been over 25 years since the discovery of the first exoplanet around a Sun-like star. Since then, thousands of exoplanets have been discovered, most in systems that do not resemble our own Solar System. What is more, we have been able to study the atmospheres of some of these worlds.

In this talk, I will discuss how we can study exoplanet atmospheres and what we have learned so far. 

Biography:

Dr. Ernst de Mooij is a lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast. He obtained his PhD from Leiden University, after which he became a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto. Subsequently he moved to Queen’s University Belfast as the Michael West Fellow, following on from that he was an assistant professor for 3 years at Dublin City University.

His research is focused on the characterisation of exoplanets and their environment, including their atmospheres and exo-rings.

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Topic: Dr Ernst de Mooij
Time: Feb 17, 2021 07:15 PM London

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IAA Zoom Lecture Wed 3rd February 19:30 – Pete Williamson FRAS

 “Remote telescopes for Public and Educational Access”

Synopsis. 

This talk will cover what is available in access to remote observatories, and how you c an get involved with the educational networks. There is also a section on the growing amount of RAW data coming in from space missions that we ourselves can manipulate and process.

This resource is of particular interest and value during the current lockdown.

Biography.

Pete is a very well known astronomer, broadcaster, lecturer and astronomy outreach enthusiast, perhaps best known for his amazing photos using remote telescopes from all around the world, including the 2-meter Faulks telescopes, as well as his own near the Welsh border. You can check him out at www.peterwilliamson.co.uk

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Topic: Pete Williamson FRAS
Time: Feb 3, 2021 07:15 PM London

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IAA Zoom Lecture 20th Jan 19:30 – Prof Lorraine Hanlon (UCD)

‘Gamma-ray bursts and the gravitational wave connection’

LORRAINE HANLON is Full Professor of Astronomy at University College Dublin (UCD) and is Director of C-Space, UCD’s Centre for Space Research.

She did her undergraduate (BSc) and graduate (MSc and PhD) degrees in Experimental Physics and was a research fellow and an EU Human Capital and Mobility fellow at the European Space and Technology Research Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands, ESA’s establishment for space mission development. 

 She joined the academic staff of UCD in 1996, serving as Head of the School of Physics between 2008 and 2011. She is currently Chair of ESA’s Astronomy Working Group and of the INTEGRAL Users’ Group, is a member of the THESEUS Science Study Team, the Space Science Advisory Committee and a member of Council of the Royal Astronomical Society. 

Lorraine is programme director of UCD’s MSc in Space Science and Technology. Her main research interests are gamma-ray bursts, multi-messenger astronomy, robotic telescopes, and space instrumentation. She is the Endorsing Professor for EIRSAT-1, Ireland’s first satellite, a CubeSat being developed by an interdisciplinary team of UCD students and staff under ESA’s ‘Fly Your Satellite!’ programme.  

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Topic: Prof Lorraine Hanlon
Time: Jan 20, 2021 07:15 PM London

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