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  • 8th February - Lecture - Dr Mike Simms - "Giant Impacts: Evidence from Britain"
  • 17th or18th February - Observing at Delamont Country Park
  • 22nd February - Lecture - Professor Bill Napier (Univ of Cardiff) - "Spiral Arms, Giant Comets and Mass Extinctions of Life"
  • 25th and 26th February - Cosmic Cuilcagh Event at Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre, Co Fermanagh - details TBA
  • 7th March - Lecture - Dave McDonald (IFAS) - "Discovering Asteroids ad Other Achievements
  • 16th or 17th March (or 23rd or 24th) - Messier Marathon - Delamont Country Park
  • 21st March - Lecture - Derek Heatley (IAA) - "Stop the World and Let Me Off"
  • 30th March - Observing and Event at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island - details TBA

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Friday 27th January - Starry, Starry Night

STARGAZING LIVE - 'A Night Under the Stars' at Delamont Country Park

Image:Paul Evans

This was a magnificent event - over 500 people turned out to take part in this Live Radio Outside Broadcast under perfect clear skies. Many Thanks to all those who came and of course to the guys from Radio Ulster who, with their TV colleagues have done our hobby proud over the last two weeks.

Photos of the event are available here...

The Radio Programme will be available for a short time here....

BBC Stargazing Live!

Pictures of the events the IAA were involved in appear in the Stargazing Live 2012 Gallery

Many Thanks to all who took part - the response was phenomenal with over 600 attending the Jupiter Watch at QUB on Monday 16th, then 1200+ at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre on Tuesday 17th and 50+ at Beaghmore Stone Circles on the Wednesday afternoon with many more at the An Creagan Centre before and after.

This wonderful video of the QUB Jupiter Watch event was made by Ting-Wan (Janet) Chen of the QUB ARC


IAA Lecture 8th February

February's first lecture features Dr Mike Simms who is the Curator of Palaeontology at the Ulster Museum. Those who have attended our outreach events will be familiar with Mike - he's the guy with the meteorite collection! Tonight he will be talking to us about "Giant Impacts: Evidence from Britain". This promises to be an excellent talk from an acknowledged expert in the field.

The lecture  is on Wednesday 8th February in the Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Queens University belfast and starts at 7:30pm sharp. Admission, as always, is free and all are welcome.


IAA Lecture 25th January

The second lecture of 2012 was presented by IAA Webmaster Paul Evans.

Paul has held a keen interest in spaceflight since Apollo 7 in 1968 when, as a schoolboy he followed the moon landing programme from start to finish. This also kicked off his interest in astronomy. In this talk entitled "Manned Spaceflight, the First 50 years", Paul gave us a potted history of how the Space Race got started, how the US won the race to the Moon, and what has happened since.

This was supported by many photos from Paul's visits to the NASA centres in the US.

The warm-up talk was delivered by Andy McCrea - both talks are available on our YouTube Channel.

Image:Andy McCrea

IAA Member is IFAS Astronomer of the Year

Congratulations are due to IAA member Neill McKeown who has been voted IFAS Astronomer of the Year by the members of the IFAS website.

For over 5 years Neill has produced a monthly observing guide for IFAS which is used on the IAA website, and in a modified form at our lectures.

So well done indeed to Neill, a wholly justified award for all the hard work!

Neill is seen here being presented with a little something as a token of the IAA's appreciation for his work.

Image:Paul Evans


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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