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Upcoming Events

  • 15th Jun - Total Lunar Eclipse - Scrabo Tower, Co Down
  • 18th Jun - Fun Day at Glenavy - Stardome and Solar Observing
  • 25th Jun - IAA Summer Barbeque - Armagh Observatory
  • 22nd Jul - Public Astronomy Lecture at QUB - details TBA
  • 3rd Aug - Public Astronomy Lecture at QUB - details TBA
  • 12th/13th Aug - Perseid Meteor shower - details TBA
  • 14th Aug - Solar Day at Castle Espie


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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 astrophotographers.

IAA Events in June

We have a packed programme of events coming up in June!

Weds 15th June - Total Lunar Eclipse

On 15th June the Moon will rise in the East already totally eclipsed. We will be observing this from Scrabo Tower. We will start with a Barbeque from 7:30pm onwards with the Moon rising at 9:55pm with totality ending at 10:02pm. Late stayers will be able to view the partial phases and Saturn which will be very close to the star Porrima


Note this is a weather dependent event so please check the IAA Forum at 6pm on the evening for a go/no-go decision.

Sat 18th June - Stardome and Solar Observing at Glenavy Fun Day

As part of the Glenavy Festival Week we will be attending with the Stardome and, if the weather holds up, Solar telescopes.

We will be running star shows from 11am until 4pm as well as solar observing and exhibitions of meteorites and other astronomical paraphenalia.

The event is being held in and outside The Village Hall adjacent to St Aidan's Church in the middle of Glenavy - map and photo below.....


Google Maps link...

This should be a fun day for all who attend!

Sat 25th June - Barbeque at Armagh Observatory

Our annual midsummer BBQ will be returning to one of its most popular locations this year - the beautiful grounds of Armagh Observatory.

Admission is free to all IAA members and guests, but bring all your own food and drink, and eating items (cutlery, plates, glasses (preferably plastic), BBQ tongs etc if you have them) and folding chairs or waterproof rugs. We will provide the actual BBQs for cooking. We will aim to eat around 4 p.m., and finish about 6 p.m.


There will be a tour of the Observatory, which we hope will include the new 'State of the Art' robotic telescope, and the world-famous Human Orrery, and the fascinating Astropark and 'Hill of Infinity'. We may also have a quiz and or/other competitions.


We will have at least one large gazebo to provide shelter if necessary.

If you are planning to attend, please email Terry Moseley so we will have some idea of numbers.

If the weather looks like being really bad, check the IAA forum in advance for the Go/No-go decision.


All night ISS Passes

The International Space Station is currently making a series of excellent late-night passes, on some nights being visible four times during the night! See here...

STS-134 - Endeavour's Last Flight - latest news

The STS-134 Endeavour mission is now complete.

The STS-135 Atlantis mission has been approved - this will carry a four man crew since there will be no backup shuttle available - in the event of Atlantis being unfit to return to Earth the crew will return from the ISS on a Soyuz capsule. Launch is currently scheduled for 8th July

The remaining mission schedule is thus as follows:-

8th July 

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135

Launch Time: TBA

Image: NASA

Membership renewals and New Joiners

Members are reminded that subscriptions for the 2011/12 Year are due from September 1st.

New Joiners can download an application form here...

Anyone joining the Association from now onwards will get membership through 'til August 2012

Membership fees are as follows:-

Single membership: £20 or €25

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

The benefits of membership include 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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