2. Tim Peake to become First British Astronaut since Helen Sharman, on 15 Dec:
3. Tim Peake Launch event at Armagh Planetarium
On 15 December 2015 British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake will be launched on his mission to the International Space Station.
To celebrate this historic event Armagh Planetarium will be hosting special events including screening the launch and docking with the ISS, presenting special showings of our Digital Theatre show Astronaut, running workshops for schools throughout the day. Workshop themes include astronaut training, astronaut nutrition and exploring the universe. In the evening there will the chance to taste astronaut ice cream, make your own clay astronaut and you even (weather permitting) see the ISS pass over Armagh. It's your chance to wave at Tim!
Our regular free open night will also be going ahead that evening offering our visitors the chance to see the stars for themselves, making this truly a day to remember.
Call in on Tuesday to join in the celebration. Armagh Planetarium will be open from 10am until 9pm. Call us on 028 37 523689 for more information on our FREE Digital Theatre shows.
NB Similar events are happening at W5 in Belfast, but only open to the public for the special event in the afternoon.
4. ISS. Started a new series of evening passes over Ireland on 6 December. Details at www.heavens-above.com
Here is an opportunity for astrophotographers in Ireland to showcase their work, presenting the wonders of the Cosmos at the Botanical Gardens in an exclusive exhibit in a collaboration between the Irish Astronomical Society (www.irishastrosoc.org) and the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies (www.irishastronomy.org), which includes members of its member clubs.
The Details: Irish astrophotographers are invited to submit an image to be showcased to the public as part of a display highlighting the wonders of the Universe for a limited time from February 2nd to 21st 2016. The Botanical Gardens in Dublin has freely allowed the use of their lobby to display 100 images mounted for display, and incorporate additional items like (a limited number of) telescopes, large format poster displays and more.
The Criteria: Your photo can be submitted in digital or printed format. The following are guidelines:
1. Digital prints must be at 300dpi and in its largest format aspect ratio.
2. TIFF format is preferred, or high resolution (300dpi) JPEG is also allowed (RGB or CMYK is allowed).
3. Physical prints must be of a high quality (uncurled or folded) and can have a gloss or matte finish. Do not send mounted prints.
4. All photos will be fitted in an A3 mount and frame, and therefore may be subjected to cropping, if necessary.
5. All images submitted MUST have information about how the image was taken (equipment, location, software and techniques used, etc.), information about the object(s) shown, and the photographer's information.
Interested? Digital images can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment (do not include off-site links to images), while postal images are to be sent to Botanical Exhibition ℅ Seanie Morris, Anstee, Daingean Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
CLOSING DATE: All considerations must be received by Friday January 8th 2016.
You can submit your images and relevant details to email@example.com
The Star of Bethlehem is an iconic astronomical event whose true origin remains unknown even today, in spite of years of speculation and research. The show will guide the viewer through some of these investigations and the most likely causes of this interesting cosmological object which was remarkable enough to make the wise men travel across the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem to see the new born baby.
You will also explore possible dates for the birth of Christ and look at the historical records of significant astronomical events which occurred at this time.
The show opens on Tuesday 1 until Wednesday 23 December 2015.
Monday – Friday (1-18 Dec) at 2pm
Saturday/School Holidays at 1pm and 4pm
Evening shows every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-17 December at 7:30pm
Tel - 028 3752 3689 to pre-book your seats
Laurence is a native of Mullingar and graduate of NUI Maynooth and UCC. He has been working with the European Space Agency on space missions since 1996, including the first launch of the Arianne 5 system in 1997, the Herschel Space Telescope and of course the Rosetta Mission.
The talk is free and open to all, and will take place at 7.30 pm on Monday the 21st Dec at the Westwood House Hotel. See you there!
14. Interesting Weblinks
Storm on small star; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151212075710.htm
Ancient cluster reveals infancy of MW: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151210095321.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_science+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+Science+News%29
Explosive star scenarios computed http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151208150514.htm
Blue straggler stars explained? http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151208134843.htm
Spectacular galactic collision http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151209090456.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3352680/Vampire-blue-straggler-stars-stay-young-feeding-neighbours.html First it was 'Zombie' stars, now it's 'Vampire' stars. What next - "Werewolf stars"?
Thinnest ever cosmic gas cloud: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151207081834.htm
Origin of elements uncovered: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151208094056.htm
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