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Conjunction of the Planets - around 12th March
Keep an eye on the western sky after dusk - the two brightest objects in the sky after the Sun and the Moon are moving together for a close conjunction around 12th March when they will approach within 3 degrees of each other. They will be close enough a couple of nights either side of this date that both objects will focus onto the most sensitive part of the eye thus appearing extra-bright. Note that Mercury will also be apparent lower down for the first half of March - but beware - don't go looking for it until the Sun has completely set! With the Moon out of the way, this is also a good time to be looking for the Zodiacal Light!
IAA Lecture 21st March
IAA at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, 30th March
DETAILS: Friday 30th March: 6.30pm 'til late:
'Supper with the Stars': Join the Irish Astronomical Association for a spectacular evening of stargazing and culinary delights at the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre.
There will be star shows in a mobile planetarium commencing at 7.30pm, followed by celestial views of the First Quarter Moon, brilliant Venus ("the Evening Star"), and fascinating Jupiter with its four large Galilean moons, plus a lot more! All this is of course weather dependent.
There will also be an exhibition of the best photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and the best ground-based observatories plus some amazing ones by IAA members, a display of telescopes and binoculars, and some amazing meteorites.
£5 entry for stargazing experience.
£15 includes the stargazing and a two course meal (6.30pm, Loughside Café, LNDC).
Booking is essential for this event. Please contact the Interpretative team at the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre on 028 3831 1673 for further details and to book a place.
IAA Lecture 7th March
As always, this was an excellent presentation from Dave combining a serious look at science and history together with some added humour that made for a great evening's craic!
Dave also made us aware that we had Three "Asteroid Men" present, so at John McConnell's suggestion we took the opportunity to catch a photo of the three...
L-R 21782 Davemcdonald, 16993 Moseley, 9929 McConnell
Cosmos 2012 - April 13th to 15th
This Spring, the 20th annual Cosmos Star Party will once be presented by Midlands Astronomy Club and will again take place in the rural and secluded surroundings of Annaharvey Equestrian Farm, Tullamore in County Offaly. This location affords MAC many advantages, such as being 3 miles from Tullamore on the Portarlington Road, and thus away from most of the light pollution, private surroundings, secure location, and overall a great and relaxed atmosphere.
The speakers this year include:
Further details will appear on the MAC website here..
IAA Lecture 22nd February
Cosmic Cuilcagh 25th and 26th February
This event returned for a second year at Marble Arch Caves Geopark on 25th and 26th February and was a great success
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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