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The 2011-12 Season begins!
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...
The new Observing Programme is available here..
The sessions are designed to cater for all levels of capability and beginners of all ages are most welcome.
Hot News - Supernova in M101
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...
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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