Upcoming IAA Events:
IAA Lecture Programme begins on 23rd September. See here for details...
IAA Observing Programme begins on 25th September. See here for details...
Further details on IAA News
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The Irish Astronomical Association was formed in 1974 and
draws its 200 members from both the UK and Ireland. The IAA membership ranges from
complete beginners to accomplished observers and astro photographers.
Lecture Season starts Weds 23rd September
Image: Paul Evans
The opening lecture of the Irish Astronomical Association's new season
will be given by Prof Tom Ray of the Dublin Institute of Advanced
Studies and the Royal Irish Academy. It is entitled "Planning Hubble's
Successor, the James Webb Space Telescope".
Prof Ray is eminently
qualified to talk on this topic, as he is involved in the design of
some of the instrumentation which will be going on the telescope! We
have had several excellent lectures from Tom before, and we are
delighted to welcome him back again. It's on WEDNESDAY 23 SEPTEMBER, at
7.30 p.m., in the Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Queen's
University, Belfast. ADMISSION IS FREE, as always, and includes light
refreshments. Everyone is welcome.
9th European Dark Skies Symposium a great success
The 9th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky took place in Armagh from 17th-19th September - many members of the IAA were involved in the organisation of the event and were present in the audience along with may others from all over the world which included not just Astronomers but also those with interests in Energy Conservation and the Environment - Light Pollution is a subject which cuts across many disciplines. One particular emphasis
was on the aspect of energy - the amount of light radiated upward not only spoils our view of the heavens, it also represents millions of watts of wasted energy which could be far better used. Fortunately those who matter do seem to be listening and there are improved designs of lights which both use less power and direct the light more effectively, but there is still a long way to go!
Here's the IAA's own Terry Moseley with Irish Broadcaster Leo Enright and Professor Mark Bailey of Armagh Observatory.
More information including links to video replays of the talks here...
Image: Paul Evans
Run of ISS Passes coming to an end
IAA/IYA 2009 -"Space and Aliens Competition"
There is still time to enter this competition - deadline now 30th November!
As part of International Year of Astronomy 2009, the Irish
Astronomical Association (IAA) is running a major public
competition, with substantial prizes, for all ages, and in various
categories, so that anyone can enter. Full details here...
Excellent M27 image
Is this the Hubble Space telescope? No, this image of the Dumbell Nebula in Vulpecula, or M27, was taken by Past President of the IAA, Dr Andy McCrea from Bangor, with the Moon only 20 degrees away in the sky. Not bad at all considering this was Andy's first outing with his Orion ODK12 telescope!