If you've ever wanted to see what a meteorite looks like then Friday 7 Sep is your chance! Dr. Matthew Parkes from the Natural History Museum will bring a selection of meteorites to incorporate into his talk, allowing you to see and feel what meteorites are like close-up. Free event from 18:00 open to all, includes family-friendly workshops and Cosmos at the Castle
near-Earth asteroid will be readily observable for Irish/UK observers between September 4-14 during which time it will exceed magnitude 15.0. It is probably between 200-500 m diameter. It will be brightest around September 10-12 when it will reach visual magnitude 13.6 on average. It passes closest to us around 05h UT on Sep 14 at a range of about 7.4 lunar-distances (0.019 AU).
2012 QG42 is a potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA) and is unusual in that it passes very close to the opposition point on September 7. The circumstances of this close approach therefore makes it a good target for photometry (using a V, R or r' filter if possible) as well as other physical studies. An ephemeris with visibility details for UK observers is available at:
If you are planning to observe this target then please consult the Minor Planet Center ephemeris service:
http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/MPEph/MPEph.html to obtain exact positions for an observatory location near to your site at the time you require.
Saturday, September 22nd, is when telescopes worldwide will be pointed at our lovely space neighbour for members of the public to observe the Moon. More details later.
8. "Meteorites Tamed" Lecture Series, Ulster Museum, by Dr Mike Simms
Mondays at 7.30pm, 22nd October – 26th November 2012
Free. Booking for each lecture essential: Go to www.nmni.com, Telephone 028 9044 0000
(Lines open Tue – Sun 10am – 6pm), Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SYNOPSIS: Every year visitors from Outer Space arrive on Earth. These are meteorites, messengers from beyond our planet. This series of six lectures from Dr Mike Simms will explain what meteorites are, where they come from, how they get here, and what they can tell us about the far reaches and earliest history of our Solar System.