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BBC Stargazing Live!
Pictures of the events the IAA were involved in on 16th, 17th and 18th January appear in the Stargazing Live 2012 Gallery
Photos of the 2 hour Radio Programme event on 27th January are available in the Starry, Starry Night Gallery
Miscellaneous photos of IAA events and Astrophotography are now in the IAA Events and Astrophotography 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.
The following week over 500 turned out to Delamont Country Park where the Night Sky was perfect!
This wonderful video of the QUB Jupiter Watch event was made by Ting-Wan (Janet) Chen of the QUB ARC
IAA Lecture 22nd February
Cosmic Cuilcagh 25th and 26th February
This event returns for a second year at Marble Arch Caves Geopark on 25th and 26th February
This is one of the darkest sites in Ulster, lying about 10 miles SW of Enniskillen. It's near Florencecourt NT property, and can be accessed from the A32 Enniskillen to Swanlinbar / Ballinamore Road. It will be on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February. AP staff will be providing the Stardome mobile planetarium, a selection of meteorites, and other hands-on activities.
"Cosmic Cuilcagh" aims to bring the universe down to earth in Fermanagh, and is named after the mountain which dominates the area.
The IAA will be providing a selection of powerful telescopes for observing if clear, or on display if cloudy, together with the usual selection of the best astronomical photos and posters from all the world's leading earth-based and space-based telescopes, some of our own meteorites, and other items and information.
It will start at 11.00 on Saturday morning, running on until late that evening if the sky is clear, and then again on Sunday from 11.00 to 17.00. Celestial highlights will include a lovely crescent moon with Earthshine, brilliant Venus ('the evening star'), giant planet Jupiter with its belts and four large moons, and Mars rising later in the evening. And of course all the usual deep sky wonders from one of our nearest neighbour stars, through double stars, clusters and nebulae, or nearest big neighbour galaxy in Andromeda, out to members of the Leo/Virgo cluster of galaxies.
See http://www.marblearchcavesgeopark.com/ for location and other details.
The Visitors Centre has a cafe, and refreshments will be available.
IAA Lecture 8th February
IAA Lecture 25th January
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Family Membership (all members of a family at one address): £25 or €30
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