The Irish Astronomical Association will be holding another of their very popular astronomy evenings at the Museum beside Bangor Castle, on Saturday evening, 3 May, at 6.00 p.m. Once again we'll have a selection of powerful telescopes and binoculars for viewing the night sky, an exhibition, short astronomy and space films, a selection of meteorites (rocks from space) which you can actually hold, and of course the Stardome mobile planetarium (courtesy of Armagh Planetarium) just in case of bad weather. And you'll have a chance to meet our own 'Ulsternaut', Derek Heatly from Groomsport, who is booked to fly into space with Virgin Galactic.
There will be regular free shows in the Stardome: these MUST be booked in advance on arrival at the Museum
Early evening observers will be able to view the Sun safely through our special telescopes for an hour or so before it sets. Night sky observing will begin about 9.30 p.m. The highlights will be a beautiful crescent Moon with the Earthshine, popularly known as 'the Old Moon in the New Moon's Arms', providing unforgettable
views in the telescopes. In addition we will get a great view of giant Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System, with its four large Moons. And later in the evening we'll look at our fascinating neighbour, the Red Planet, Mars. All those of course are weather dependant.
Irish astronomer discovers previously unknown supernova
Dave discovered the Type 1c Supernova nearly two weeks ago, but it has now been confirmed by a team of professional astronomers in China and announced by the International Astronomical Union on Saturday. It has been named "Supernova 2014as". The explosion occurred 170 million years ago in the spiral galaxy NGC 5410.
This is also on our forums here: http://www.irishastronomy.org/index.php/kunena?view=topic&catid=11&id=99955
6 New Science website: If you have an interest in Science then this site will be invaluable: http://www.worldscienceu.com/
Led by Prof Andy Shearer: this will be a fascinating look at the future of astronomy as offered by Extremely Large Telescopes, and ever increasingly sensitive detectors. See www.astro.nuigalway.ie/speeadandsensitivity or www.htra.ie/speedandsensitivity
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