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IAA President Paul Evans managed to capture Venus and Mercury setting over the Antrim Hills just after sunset on 1st June - this was within 100 hours of the Transit! Venus and Mercury were within a degree of each other moving in opposite directions - Venus was 0.7% illuminated at this point, Mercury by contrast was 96% illuminated.
Image: Paul Evans
We have a solid programme of outreach events lined up for the Summer season.
Carnfunnock 16th June
Firstly, on Saturday 16th June we will return to Carnfunnock Country Park after a break of a couple of years. This venue offers tremendous scenery looking out towards Scotland across the North Channel and boasts a maze in the shape of Northern Ireland. We will be there between 2pm and 5pm and will be offering Star Shows in the Mobile Planetarium and Solar Observing through filtered white light and Hydrogen Alpha telescopes outside, weather permitting of course. The former are best at showing sunspots while the latter scopes show prominences and filaments on the Sun, and with Solar Cycle 24 getting into its stride, there should be plenty of both on offer!
Note: In spite of the weather, this event is going ahead - we will have the Mobile Planetarium set up and other Astronomical paraphenalia on display, though we are unlikely to see the Sun today.
Image: Paul Evans 2007
Summer Solstice 21st June
Secondly, later in the
week we will be celebrating the Summer Solstice on
Thursday 21st June with an event at Beaghmore
Stone Circles and An
Creagan Visitors Centre where we will be
working with Armagh Observatory
and the Northern
Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) - full
details of the event are on the Observatory
Castle Espie 12th August
On Sunday 12th August we
will return to WWF
Castle Espie in County Down for another Solar
Day - again from 2pm to 5pm.
Perseid Meteor Shower
This date also coincides
with the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower - that
actual peak is 10am on 12th this year, and the
conditions are very good with The Moon in a waning
crescent phase not visible until the early hours of
the morning. Our intention is to hold the annual
Perseid Barbeque at Delamont Country Park on the
night of Saturday 11th August, however given that
the peak straddles two nights we will hold the night
of Sunday 12th in reserve in case we are rained off
or clouded out on the Saturday night.
Image: Paul Evans 2004
The eagle-eyed may have noticed a new tab on the drop-down menu - "IAA History". This is a work in progress - the Webmaster is pulling together, piece by piece, some items of history related to the past of the Association. Thus far we have records of Awards given by the Association together with past Presidents going back to the establishment of the Belfast centre of the Irish Astronomical Society in 1946.
In progress are the collection of all past officials and past speakers, as well as an improved archive of "Stardust", the quarterly magazine of the Association, so keep an eye on this new Tab - it will expand in months to come!
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