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  • Registered Users Posts: 352 ✭✭ jfSDAS


    Hi everyone,

    Good morning, hope all is well.

    We have invited well-known Vatican Observatory astronomer Br Guy Consolmagno, SJ to speak in Dublin on Thursday, March 21st.

    Br Guy is a globally recognized populariser of astronomy and speaks widely about the Church and Science. He is Curator of the Vatican Observatory Meteorite Collection and also sits on a number of Committees of the International Astronomical Union.

    Br Guy will be in Dublin on March 20th and 21st, and is giving a public lecture in Gonzaga College, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 on Thursday, March 21st at 7:45pm. All are welcome and admission is FREE.

    Br Guy is co-author of the popular "Turn Left at Orion" book that is regularly recommended as a must-read book for amateur astronomers.

    A Wikipedia entry can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Consolmagno

    Feel free to get in touch with me if you need any other information. Send me a PM through the boards message box or my mobile is 086-8181931.

    John

    John Flannery,
    South Dublin Astronomical Society


  • Registered Users Posts: 226 ✭✭ murphyme2010


    Hello All,

    Just a note to let you know that the IAS will be holding our monthly Sidewalk Astronomy on Friday 15th March.
    It will be held as usual at the Martello tower in Sandymount at 8PM.

    Please be sure to check our website after 6PM on the day to check that the event is going ahead.

    Regards,

    Michael.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,795 ✭✭✭ Seanie M


    The next Midlands Astronomy Club (MAC) public lecture takes place in the Presbyterian Hall, High Street, Tullamore, as follows:

    Date & Time: Tuesday April 2nd @ 8pm.
    Speaker/Topic: Mr. Seanie Morris, MAC Secretary
    Title: 'Quasars and Beyond: Looking Back in Time'
    Admission: €2.00, all are welcome.

    The latest club magazine (Réalta) and April's SkyMaps will also be available on the night. See www.midlandsastronomy.com for more details.

    Clear Skies,

    Seanie Morris.


  • Registered Users Posts: 226 ✭✭ murphyme2010


    Hello All,

    Just a note to let you know that the IAS will be holding our monthly last Sidewalk Astronomy of the season on Friday 19th April.
    It will be held as usual at the Martello tower in Sandymount at 8PM.

    All are welcome.

    Regards,

    Michael.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,795 ✭✭✭ Seanie M


    The next Midlands Astronomy Club (MAC) public lecture takes place in the Presbyterian Hall, High Street, Tullamore, as follows:

    Date & Time: Tuesday August 6th @ 8pm.
    Speaker/Topic: Mr. John Lally, MAC Vice-Chairperson
    Title: 'Meteors & Meteorites: The Connection'
    Admission: €2.00, all are welcome.

    The latest club magazine (Réalta) and August's SkyMaps will also be available on the night. See www.midlandsastronomy.com for more details.

    Clear Skies,

    Seanie Morris.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 226 ✭✭ murphyme2010


    Hello All,

    The IAS will be holding our first sidewalk astronomy event for the season on Friday 13th from 8 to 10 PM.

    We will be meeting at the car-park near the Martello tower in Sandymount.

    Join us to see the first quarter moon. If you are a beginner and would like to get advice on buying or using a telescope please come along and we will answer any questions you have.

    This is a free event and all are welcome.

    Regards,

    Michael.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,795 ✭✭✭ Seanie M


    The next Midlands Astronomy Club (MAC) public lecture takes place in the Presbyterian Hall, High Street, Tullamore, as follows:

    Date & Time: Tuesday October 1st @ 8pm.
    Speaker/Topic: Mr. Seanie Morris, MAC
    Title: 'Comet ISON: Comet of the Century?'
    Admission: €2.00, all are welcome.

    The latest club magazine (Réalta) and October's SkyMaps will also be available on the night. See www.midlandsastronomy.com for more details.

    Clear Skies,

    Seanie Morris.


  • Registered Users Posts: 226 ✭✭ murphyme2010


    Hi,

    A bit late I know but I forgot to post earlier.

    A talk that is sure to interest all astronomers (because it affects us so much!).

    Ireland’s Weather: A Journey through Time
    by Dr Evelyn Cusack (Mét Eireann)
    Date/time: Monday 30th Sep 2013 at 8pm
    Admission: free, all welcome.
    Venue: Ely House, 8 Ely Place, off St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.
    (near the Shelbourne Hotel. Convenient to buses, Luas & trains. Best bet for car parking is on Merrion Sq).

    See you there,

    Michael.


  • Registered Users Posts: 226 ✭✭ murphyme2010


    Hello All,

    The IAS will be holding our October sidewalk astronomy event on Friday 11th from 8 to 10 PM.

    We will be meeting at the car-park near the Martello tower in Sandymount.

    Join us to see the first quarter moon. If you are a beginner and would like to get advice on buying or using a telescope please come along and we will answer any questions you have.

    See www.irishastrosoc.org for details of the location.

    This is a free event and all are welcome.

    Regards,

    Michael.


  • Registered Users Posts: 226 ✭✭ murphyme2010


    Our October lecture will take place on Monday 21st October at 8PM in Ely House.

    The speaker is Dr Masha Chernyakova from DCU and she will be talking about 'Puzzling Gamma-ray Binaries : Theory and Observations'.

    In this talk Masha Chernyakova will present these objects and discuss what makes them so special. The Gamma- ray sky is very different from what we are used to viewing at lower energies.
    In particular only 5 binaries are seen at TeV (tera electron-volts) energies. The public are encouraged to submit questions to the speaker in advance of the presentation.

    This is a free event and all are welcome.

    Details of the venue are on our website www.irishastrosoc.org.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,795 ✭✭✭ Seanie M


    The next Midlands Astronomy Club (MAC) public lecture takes place in the Presbyterian Hall, High Street, Tullamore, as follows:

    Date & Time: Tuesday November 5th @ 8pm.
    Speaker/Topic: Mr. Dave Connolly, MAC
    Title: 'Photographing The Winter Night Sky'
    Admission: €2.00, all are welcome.

    The latest club magazine (Réalta) and November's SkyMaps will also be available on the night (both FREE). See www.midlandsastronomy.com for more details.

    Clear Skies,

    Seanie Morris.


  • Registered Users Posts: 226 ✭✭ murphyme2010


    Hello All,

    Just a reminder that our Monthly sidewalk astronomy event will be help this Friday 15th November at the car-park by the Martell tower in sandymount.
    We will be viewing the 11 day old Moon along with Jupiter which should be visible from 9 onwards.

    If you have a telescope, please bring it along - the more the merrier.

    The event is free and all are welcome.

    More details at www.irishastrosoc.org

    Michael.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,795 ✭✭✭ Seanie M


    As part of Science Week, Midlands Astronomy Club will be hosting a Stargazing in Stradbally event in, well, Stradbally in County Laois this Saturday night, November 16th from 8pm. It will take place in Stradbally Library, and will see MAC members host a series of short talks and demonstrations. If the weather is good, we'll ditch the talks and head outside with the telescopes!

    Fun for all the family, FREE event, and open to all.

    Facebook Event for some more info:
    www.facebook.com/events/245927425564244/

    IFAS Forum info here.

    For more details email [email protected]

    Clear Skies,

    Seanie Morris,
    MAC Secretary.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,795 ✭✭✭ Seanie M


    Date & Time: Tuesday December 3rd @ 8pm.
    Speaker/Topic: MAC Members
    Title: 'Open Night on Astronomy'
    Admission: FREE, all are welcome.

    On Tuesday December 3rd next from 8pm, members of Midlands Astronomy Club will host an Open Night on Astronomy in the Presbyterian Hall on High Street in Tullamore that will give you an opportunity to learn more about Amateur Astronomy and the night sky. With a focus on telescopes and their accessories, this event will allow visitors (members and non-members) to bring their telescope and ask questions, view demonstrations and take home free aides that will help them in their quest to observe the wonders of deep space. It will also be a night to ask questions that maybe Santa would ask in time for Christmas, if he were here and posed with a letter asking for a telescope.

    The event is a free one, and members will have on display various tools, such as books and CDs, free downloadable help guides, software tutorials, as well as telescopes, eyepieces and tips on cleaning your telescope and accessories.

    It begins at 8pm, everyone is welcome to attend, and there will be plenty of opportunities for 1-on-1 questions and answers. For more information, contact the Secretary (Seanie Morris) on 087 6825910 or email [email protected] (website is www.midlandsastronomy.com)


    Clear Skies,

    Seanie Morris,
    MAC Secretary.


  • Registered Users Posts: 226 ✭✭ murphyme2010


    Hello All,

    Just a reminder that our Monthly sidewalk astronomy event will be held at 8PM this Friday 13th December at the car-park by the Martell tower in sandymount.
    We will be viewing the 10.5 day old Moon along with Jupiter.

    If you have a telescope, please bring it along - the more the merrier.

    The event is free and all are welcome.

    More details here.

    Michael.


  • Registered Users Posts: 226 ✭✭ murphyme2010


    Hello All,

    The IAS’ monthly Sidewalk Astronomy session will be held on the 10th January at the Martello tower car-park in Sandymount from 8 to 10PM.
    We will be observing the 9 day old Moon and the planet Jupiter.

    This is a free event and all are welcome.

    As this event is weather dependant remember to check our website www.irishastrosoc.org on the day to see if we are going ahead.

    Regards,

    Michael.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8 newmanr1


    Galway Astronomy Festival takes place on Feb 1st where members of the public are invited to a special event dedicated to unravelling the mysteries of the Universe. It is being held at the Westwood House Hotel and it's theme is "City of Stars" with the emphasis is about how our exploration of the Cosmos has inspired communities and cultures in our city that would not otherwise do so; to think about the Universe.

    The Galway Astronomy Festival is a celebration and exhibition of astronomy. A spectacle of stars, planets and space with presentations from top names in the world of astronomy from the UK and USA, activities, trade stands, advice, observing, big telescopes and guidance, a monster raffle and much more

    See our promo move https://vimeo.com/83172183

    The event includes six talks split into two sessions in the morning and evening. A new lunchtime interlude with two mini observing workshops and a visit to the NUI Galway Observatory.

    Full details can be seen here at
    http://www.galwayastronomyclub.ie/index.php/31-general/general/110-astronomy-festival-2014

    Thank You

    Ronan Newman
    Chairman
    Galway Astronomy Club
    IFAS Irish Astronomer of the Year 2012


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,795 ✭✭✭ Seanie M


    The Annual General Meeting of Midlands Astronomy Club takes place in Clonamore House Hotel, Arden Road, Tullamore as follows:

    Date & Time: Tuesday January 21st @ 8pm.
    Speaker/Topic: Members and the public
    Title: Midlands Astronomy Club AGM
    Admission: FREE, all are welcome.

    This is the annual general meeting where all club matters are discussed openly and publicly, a new comimittee is elected, a review of the past year and a look forward to the Club's plans for the forthcoming year. All welcome.


    Clear Skies,

    Seanie Morris.


  • Registered Users Posts: 226 ✭✭ murphyme2010


    Hello All,

    The monthly meeting of the IAS for January will take place on Monday 27th in Ely House at 8PM.Our speaker is Dr. David Malone from NUIM. The topic is 'How to tell the time'.
    More details are here.


    All are welcome and admission of free.


  • Registered Users Posts: 226 ✭✭ murphyme2010


    Hello All,

    The IAS' monthly Sidewalk Astronomy session will be held on the 7th February at the Martello tower car-park in Sandymount from 8 to 10PM.
    We will be observing the 7 day old Moon and the planet Jupiter.

    This is a free event and all are welcome.

    As this event is weather dependant remember to check our website www.irishastrosoc.org on the day to see if we are going ahead.

    Regards,

    Michael.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 226 ✭✭ murphyme2010


    Not quite sure if this is an event,


    Juts a head's up that the new look Sky at Night returns to BBC next week.


    This month's episode looks at Jupiter.


    Broadcast times are:


    Sun 9th Feb @ 22:00 BBC4
    Thu 13th Feb @ 19:30 BBC4
    Fri 14th Feb @ 00:30 BBC4


  • Registered Users Posts: 226 ✭✭ murphyme2010


    Hello All,

    The IAS February monthly lecture will be held on Monday 24th at 8 PM in Ely House.


    Full details are available on our website www.irishastrosoc.org.


    This is a free event and all are welcome.
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  • Registered Users Posts: 226 ✭✭ murphyme2010


    Hello All,

    The IAS' monthly Sidewalk Astronomy session will be held on the 7th AND 8th March at the Martello tower car-park in Sandymount from 8 to 10PM.
    We will be observing the Moon and the planet Jupiter.

    This is a free event and all are welcome.

    As this event is weather dependant remember to check our website www.irishastrosoc.org on the day to see if we are going ahead.

    Regards,

    Michael.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,795 ✭✭✭ Seanie M


    The next Midlands Astronomy Club (MAC) public lecture takes place in the Clonamore House, Arden Road, Tullamore, as follows:

    Date & Time: Tuesday March 4th @ 8pm.
    Speaker/Topic: Mr. Seanie Morris, MAC Secretary
    Title: 'What was it really like on Apollo 11?'
    Admission: Members are free, non-members €2, all are welcome.

    There will be a scale replica to accompany the huge achievement of landing and returning an astronaut on the Moon with technology that had as much computing power as your current day washing machine! For more information about MAC check out www.midlandsastronomy.com or check us out on Facebook.

    March's SkyMaps will also be available on the night FREE.


    Clear Skies,

    Seanie Morris.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,795 ✭✭✭ Seanie M


    Hi All,

    April 4th to 6th sees the annual COSMOS Star Party take place, this year at the 4 star Shamrock Lodge Hotel in Athlone. Hosted by Midlands Astronomy Club since 1992, this is now Ireland's biggest weekend star party and boasts an impressive line up of guest speakers, exhibits, air-powered rocket launches, Cosmic Dinner, Observing and much more.

    This year has seen kind sponsorship by Ktec Telescopes (www.ktectelescopes.ie or just click on their banner in this forum)

    Programme for Cosmos 2014
    (Times are subject to slight variations)

    Friday April 4th
    19:30 - Registration Opens
    20:00 - Awards Presentation to the pupils with the Westmeath Examiner (Details will follow)
    20:30 - Declan Molloy, Strange Universe


    Saturday April 5th
    9:30 - Registration Opens
    10:15 - Opening Address by MAC Chairperson, Mr. Jason Fallon
    10:30 - Mr. John McKeon, Planetary Astrophotography - Tips and Tricks
    11:30 - Refreshments
    12:00 - Dr. Xavier Pellicer, Eskers in the Irish Midlands: Analogs for Ridge-like Features on Mars
    13:00 - Lunch, includes Solar Observing
    Lunch is provided onsite at extra cost, please inquiry at the Registrations Desk with our Treasurer, Paul Fitzgerald
    13:45pm - Air-powered Rocket Launches
    14:45 - Ms. Mary Mulvihill, The Ingenious Irish: The Great Irish Ideas and Inventions that Changed the World
    15:45 - Refreshments
    16:15 - Mr. Will Gater, Alien Worlds: The Extraordinary Inhabitants of the Milky Way

    17:30 - Break / IFAS Annual General Meeting, for IFAS Club Reps only.

    19:30 - Cosmic Dinner, extra cost. Please inquiry at the Registrations Desk with our Treasurer, Paul Fitzgerald (limited places)
    21:00 - Table Quiz over Tea/Coffee/Drinks
    22:15 - Observing (weather permitting)


    Sunday April 6th
    9:30 - Registration Opens
    10:00 - Mr. William Bean, Astronomy: Beyond the Backyard
    11:00 - Refreshments
    11:30 - Prof. Eamon O'Gorman, The Biggest and Baddest Stars at Radio Wavelengths

    12:30 - Lunch, includes Solar Observing
    Lunch is provided onsite at extra cost, please inquiry at the Registrations Desk with our Treasurer, Paul Fitzgerald

    14:00 - Mr. Gearoid O'Brien, Midlands Astronomers of Note
    15:00 - Refeshments
    15:30 - Mr. Michael O'Connell, The Antikythera Mechanism
    16:30 - Raffle
    17:00 - Farewell Address and Close

    More information can be found by clicking on www.midlandsastronomy.com or checking out the forum on www.irishastronomy.org for additional talk on the event.


    COMPETITION!
    Checkout any of the following newspapers from yesterday's editions (repeated next week too) for your chance to win some great prizes, also kindly donated by Ktec Telescopes:

    Westmeath Examiner
    Westmeath Independent
    Cavan Anglo Celt
    Meath Chronicle
    Leinster Express


    Clear Skies,

    Seanie Morris.
    www.midlandsastronomy.com
    [email protected]
    www.facebook.com/pages/Midlands-Astronomy-Club/177773508924371


  • Registered Users Posts: 226 ✭✭ murphyme2010


    Hello All,

    The IAS March talk will be held on Monday 31st March at 8PM in Ely House, 8 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
    This month's talk will be given by Kevin Nolan and the topic is 'Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth'.

    This is a free event and all are welcome.

    Details will be available on our website www.irishastrosoc.org.


  • Registered Users Posts: 226 ✭✭ murphyme2010


    Hello All,

    The IAS' monthly Sidewalk Astronomy session will be held on the 4th April at the Martello tower car-park in Sandymount from 8 to 10PM.
    We will be observing the 4 day old Moon and the planet Jupiter.

    These are free events and all are welcome.

    As these event are weather dependant remember to check our website www.irishastrosoc.org on the day to see if we are going ahead.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2 KSSmith


    Hi All

    We are pleased to announce another public event with free entry at Rathbeggan Lakes just 10 min from the M50. We will meet up for Super Moon Sunday whereby there will be a full moon at its closest point to earth (perigee) for 2014 18:09 UTC. Bring your telescope or binoculars if you have some and join in the fun. The perseid meteor shower is also due to start around the date and you never know - you may just see a meteor through the moonlight. Starts at 18:30. Free Entry if you mention Meath Astronomy on entry.

    Hope to see you there & Clear Skies!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,795 ✭✭✭ Seanie M


    The next Midlands Astronomy Club (MAC) public lecture takes place in the Clonamore House, Arden Road, Tullamore, as follows:

    Date & Time: Tuesday August 5th @ 8pm.
    Speaker/Topic: MAC members and Friends
    Title: 'Dedication and Memorial Night'
    Admission: Free, all are welcome.

    MAC-dedication-night-invitation-2014-small.jpg

    This night is a celebration and dedication to some of our members who were staunch supporters of Midlands Astronomy Club (Tullamore Astronomical Society) since it was founded in 1986. There will be sandwiches and refreshments, slideshows, and a dedication to the late:

    - Vincent McDonnell (founder, long-time Treasurer and our first Librarian, died July 2005).
    - Carthage Morrissey (long-time member, staunch supporter of our Site clean-up days and maker of 2 observing chairs, died November 2012).
    - Ollie Walsh (long-time member and maker of a 10 inch Dobsonian telescope, died December 2013).
    - Trevor Rainsberry (former Chairperson, Librarian and the man responsible for allowing MAC (TAS) to purchase our 1/2 acre in Clonminch for the Observatory, the first of its kind of any club in Ireland, died April 2014).

    August's SkyMaps will also be available on the night FREE.

    We hope you can come along and celebrate with us!


    Clear Skies,

    Seanie Morris,
    MAC Secretary.
    [email protected]
    www.midlandsastronomy.com


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  • Registered Users Posts: 226 ✭✭ murphyme2010


    Hi All,

    A heads up for this months Sky at Night.

    Michael.

    This Months Sky at Night is 'How to catch a comet'.


    Times are:

    Sunday 10th BBC4 @ 23:00

    Wednesday 13th BBC4 @ 19:30

    Thursday 14th BBC4 @ 01:00


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