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7th April - Dr Chris Watson (QUB) - "Exoplanets and Extraterrestrial Life"

9th-11th April

Cosmos Star Party at Tullamore

Co. Offaly

16th or 17th April  - ‘Springtime Galaxies’ Global Astronomy Month - Delamont CP – Check Forum


21st April - IAA AGM

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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.

IAA lecture, 7th April 2010 - Dr Chris Watson

"Exoplanets and Extraterrestrial Life"

Dr Chris Watson is currently a lecturer in extrasolar planets and low-mass stars at Queen's University Belfast (QUB). He has recently moved research fields and  is currently interested in the removal of the effects of star spots on exoplanet searches, as well as detecting and characterising the atmospheres of extra-solar planets.

This promises to be an informative and entertaining account of the latest research in this fascinating field of astronomy.

Image: QUB

April 2010 - Global Astronomy Month

Global Astronomy Month (GAM 2010) is Astronomers Without Border’s response to the desire to continue IYA2009 into the future. New ideas, new opportunities and more participation. Connecting people around the world in these events will create an even greater sense of sharing, just as in AWB’s motto and the slogan for GAM – One People, One Sky.

The IAA will be taking part in this event with a Public Observing night at Delamont Country Park on the night of either Fri 16th or Sat 17th April - the weather will decide the night nearer the time - watch the Forum!

Image: Paul Evans

IAA/IYA 2009 "Space and Aliens Competition" - Results!

The judges deliberations are over! The results are out!

Congratulations go to Overall Grand Winner, Martin Campbell from Dungannon. Congratulations also to all those winners and placed in the specific categories.

There was a very large number of entries in the art category, particularly in the junior and intermediate sections. The standard was very high, and judging was very difficult! And the standard in the photographic section was exceptional!

The full results in all the categories are here...



New! Observing Information page and Search Engine

http://irishastro.org.uk/observinginfo.html This new addition to the website gives live and up to date information on Weather, Moon phase, ISS, Sunspots, Corona and Aurora conditions as well as a monthly Sky map. Well worth a look before planning an observing session! Also, entering any search term into the search box above will bring up a Google results page listing occurences of the term on this site, in IAA news or on the IAA forum!

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