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The 2011-12 Season begins!

Lecture Programme

The Lecture Programme for 2011/12 is now complete and is available here....

Needless to say the lineup is again an excellent mix catering for varying levels and aspects of interest in the subject.

All are welcome - meetings start at 7:30pm sharp in the Bell Lecture Theatre, Oueens University, Belfast. Map and photo here...

Image:Paul Evans

Observing Programme

The new Observing Programme is available here..

The IAA observing nights are planned with a degree of flexibility to accommodate our variable weather. The sessions are designed to cater for all levels of capability and beginners of all ages are most welcome.

We will usually have the IAA's 16" Meade Lightbridge telescope available for viewing of Deep Sky objects and members will bring a range of telescopes suited to viewing different objects. For early arrivers there's generally a Fry-Up in progress before the sky darkens - bring your own frying pan, bangers, bacon etc!


Image:Paul Evans

Hot News - Supernova in M101

Details here...

Comet P1 2009 Garradd

We have a new Comet for the Autumn! Comet P1 2009 Garradd is currently moving through the lower part of the Summer Triangle at mag 8 and is expected to peak at mag 6 early in January. Further information at Aerith.net Finder chart and pictures from Dr Andy McCrea in the gallery here...

This is the comet passing M71 in Saggita on the night of 26th August.

More on this Comet from Sky&Telescope here...

Image:Andy McCrea

QUB Astronomer of the Month

The QUB Astrophysics Research Centre have begun a series of video interviews with professional astronomers describing their work. These interviews can be found on the QUB ARC YouTube channel here...

World Space Week

By order of the United Nations General Assembly, the week 4th - 11th October is designated World Space Week, the purpose being "To celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of  space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition". More about this here...

Summer with the IAA - Gallery

We've had a good range of events over the Summer - a Total Lunar Eclipse - shame about the clouds - an excellent family day at Glenavy with the Glenavy Development Partnership, talks at QUB, a BBQ at Armagh Observatory,  and an excellent afternoon at Castle Espie. A Photo Gallery with snaps of these events is here...



Members are reminded that membership fees are now due for the 2011/12 year as of 1st September. Rates are of course the same as last year and are as follows:-

Single membership: £20 or €25

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

This includes an unmatched programme of lectures, observing nights, other events and a subscription to our highly regarded quarterly magazine, "Stardust", delivered to your door.

You can now join or renew your IAA Membership online by PayPal or Credit or Debit card online here...

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