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BBC Stargazing Live!
Those who remember last year's series
will be pleased to hear that "Stargazing
Live!" is returning to BBC 2 in the New Year
for another three nights of astronomy presented
again by Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain. This
year the series of three programmes will be bigger
and better than before, and the excellent news is
that the IAA will be partnering Armagh Planetarium, Queens
University Astronomers and the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
for the main event in Northern Ireland, currently
scheduled for Tuesday 17th January. The programmes
themselves will be on BBC 2 from 8:00 until 9:30PM
on 16th, 17th and 18th January. Also, we expect the
News and Weather teams in BBC NI to take an
We will be involved in events over this period as follows:-
16th January 1800-2100 - Public
Jupiter Watch in conjunction with the
Astronomers at Queens University Belfast. In the
event of inclement weather Dr Chris Watson will
deliver a Public Astronomy Lecture in the Larmour
17th January 1800-2100 - The Main event at
Discovery Centre nr Lurgan - programme of
events as follows....
In other words, something for
everyone! Note that we are hoping for clear skies on
both of these nights and it is likely to be cold, so
please wear warm clothes - ie coats, hats, gloves
Wednesday 18th January - events as follows:-
Armagh Observatory in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency will be presenting a series of events at An Creagán and Beaghmore Stone Circles - details on the Observatory website here...
Armagh Planetarium will be presenting a Stargazing Live event - details on the Planetarium website here...
Date & Venue TBC - Talk by IAA Webmaster Paul Evans "Getting Started in Astrophotography"
IAA Lecture 11th January
Amazing Sungrazing Comet!
Comet Lovejoy was originally thought
to be one of many comets that appear on the Solar
monitoring telescopes, dive into the Sun and are
never seen again. This one was different however. On
16th December Comet Lovejoy passed within 75,000
miles of the Sun and survived the trip! It is now
visible - sadly only in the Southern Hemisphere - as
a spectacular object before sunrise. It has also
been filmed from the ISS where astronaut Dan Burbank
has described it as "the most amazing thing I have
ever seen in space!"
IAA Lecture 14th December
IAA New Year Party
A date for the diary - the IAA New Year Party will be held again at McBrides Restaurant in Comber, County Down at 5:30PM on Saturday 7th January followed by a film, "Cowboys and Aliens" at the Tudor Cinema in Comber afterwards. Regular features including Terry's Hot Punch, and of course the Quiz will be included. Further details on the booking form 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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