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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.
Excellent Aurora photographed from Northern Ireland
Martin McKenna was observing the setting planets from the North Coast on the night of 27th/28th March when a surprise Aurora lit up the sky! The Aurora lasted approximately 6 hours with two major outbursts lighting up the sky - this shot from Ballintoy Harbour!
Photo Opportunity 3rd April - The Eight Sisters
IAA Lecture 4th April
Cosmos 2012 - April 13th to 15th
This Spring, the 20th annual Cosmos Star Party will once again 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 on the MAC website here..
Magnificent Image of M31 by Martin Campbell
Those of you who have seen the astrophotography of IAA member Martin Campbell will know that he is a master of the art. Martin's latest creation is well up to the usual standard - this is a stack of 131 frames of 5 mins each taken through a Takahashi Epsilon 180 Astrograph with a Canon 5D Mk2 camera on the end and post-processing work in Photoshop CS5. Stunning! Click on the image to access the full size version - warning, 3.5MB file
IAA Lecture 21st March
The Warm-up talk was delivered by Andy McCrea and can be seen here...
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...
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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.
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