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12th/13th August - Perseid Meteor Shower - BBQ and Observing - evening to be determined

15th August - WWT Castle Espie - Solar Day

22nd AugustNT Mount Stewart - Solar Day TBC

16-19 Sept - International Meteor Conference - Armagh Observatory

13th October - WWT Castle Espie – Evening Observing with Mobile Planetarium


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Summer with the IAA

Just because observing, at least Deep Sky objects, has become a little difficult due to the twilight lasting all night, it doesn't mean there's nothing to see or do!

During the Summer the IAA will hold a Perseid observing session as well as two Solar Days at Castle Espie (Sun 15th August) and Mount Stewart (Sun 22nd August) - the former being a new venue for this event previously held at Carnfunnock.

Ballynoe Event - Sat 19th June

This was an excellent day out - Picture gallery here...

Image: Danny Collins

Total Solar Eclipse - 11th July 2010

Unfortunately this eclipse is total across almost the the full width of the Pacific, barely making any landfall with the exceptions of Easter Island and a couple of other small islands in the region of Tahiti. Towards sunset the eclipse hits the Chilean coast and ventures part way into Argentina. The best bet is either TV or webcast from Tahiti televison here... http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tahiti-eclipse-2010-july-11th

Totality along the eclipse path will run from 1700 UT until 2100 UT with a maximum duration of 5min 20sec.

Full details from NASA here... http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2010/TSE2010.html



IAA ‘Snap the Logo’ Competition

This is a simple competition anyone can enter over the holiday period!

Simply download an image of the I.A.A. LOGO and take an unusual or quirky snap incorporating the logo. It could be with a personality, up in a hot air balloon, underwater - the choice is yours. The photograph that raises awareness of the Association and produces some publicity may get extra points! The winning entry will be chosen by the I.A.A. President and the prize will be a £25.00 book token. The winner will be announced the October meeting.

How to enter.

Take your photograph and either ‘post’ it on the I.A.A. forum at www.irishastro.org, or e-mail it to iaaphil@googlemail.com


Entries to be received by 30/09/10.

No Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, etc. to be used.

Only one entry per person, so pick your best!

All entries, including the winning one, are free for use by the I.A.A. for display in our magazine ‘Stardust’, as well as on our web page or in any other I.A.A. publication.

Good Luck!

Revised Membership Rates

Regrettably due to rising costs we have had to increase the subscriptions for IAA membership. For the 2010/2011 season these will be as follows:-

Single membership: £20 or €25

Family Membership (all members of a family at one address): £25 or €30

Note that this is the first rate increase in five years and still includes an unmatched programme of lectures, observing nights, other events and a subscription to our highly regarded quarterly magazine, "Stardust", delivered to your door.

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