5: Comet is almost at Naked-Eye Visibility Comet Catalina is now higher up in the morning skies, and Andy McCrea in particular has been getting some nice images - see the IAA website. As it gets higher, now well above Venus, it's in a darker sky, though it is gradually fading.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
12. Interesting Weblinks
Imaging the first PREDICTED Supernova! Read how they did it - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3364560/Action-replay-Astronomers-predict-study-exploding-star-time-blew-10-BILLION-years-ago.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3365879/Clumpy-donut-spotted-supermassive-black-hole-Ring-dust-gas-distant-galaxy-lumpy-astronomers-don-t-know-why.html, and http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151217154313.htm
Quasar outburst throws light on early universe http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151216105309.htm
Gamma rays from very distant galaxy
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151215134527.htm A light year is about 6 billion, not 6 trillion, miles
The Force Awakens in a new born star: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151217160946.htm
Results from the world's most sensitive Dark Matter detector: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151214084740.htm
Galaxy clusters: clues on Dark Matter http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151215093943.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3362895/Have-scientists-huge-new-Higgs-Boson-Cern-discovered-tantalising-signs-mysterious-particle.html If it's real, it's either an extra heavy Higgs, or maybe the long-awaited Graviton.
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