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