1. Monday 3 March, 20.00. EAAS Lecture "The W5 of Irish Astronomy" by Terry Moseley (Irish Astronomical Association). Lecture Theatre, Ballyclare High School, George Avenue (off Rashee Road), Ballyclare, Co. Antrim. All welcome.
2. Monday 3 March, Channel 4, 21.00 - 22.00: "STEPHEN HAWKING: "Master of the Universe". First of two programmes.
3. Tuesday 4 March, BBC2, 21.00 - 21.50: "HORIZON: "Are we alone in the Universe"
4. Wednesday 5 March, 19.30: Irish Astronomical Association Public Lecture: Change of programme, speaker Seanie Morris, talk entitled "Cosmic Dust: Is that all we are?". The Bell lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Queen's University, Belfast. Admission free, including light refreshments. All welcome.
The IAA lecture programme is held in association with the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen's University Belfast. See: www.irishastro.org
5. COSMOS 2008: April 4 - 6. Hosted by the Tullamore Astro Society: Ireland's second longest running Star Party takes place at Annaharvey Equestrian Centre, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Preliminary details are on the TAS website: www.tullamoreastronomy.com, with more going up soon. Speakers so far confirmed include: Dr David Asher, Dr Miruna Popescu (both from Armagh Observatory), Mr Trevor O'Donoghue (Kerry Astronomy Club), Mr Pat O'Neill (Irish Astronomical Association), Prof John Zarnecki (Open University), and a TAS speaker tba. It runs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, and is always a great event.
6. SDAS 2008 Sky Guide: John Flannery has produced a FREE 20-page guide to the night sky for 2008 for Ireland. The booklet is a 1.15Mb pdf that can be downloaded by right-clicking on the following link and selecting "Save As": http://www.southdublinastronomy.org/w/images/6/6c/Sky_guide_2008.pdf
The almanac gives a month-by-month summary of planetary phenomena, detailed notes on the Sun, Moon, visible comets, meteor showers, eclipses, minor planets, variable stars, space missions in 2008, and much more. He notes that the meteor shower notes and space mission details originally appeared in the IAS's Sky-High magazine (see www.irishastrosoc.org for details). Thanks to John for this fine & free gesture.