1. IAA Opening Public Lecture Meeting, 21 Sep; Prof Alan Fitzsimmons of QUB, will be the star opening speaker, on the Topic "Sungrazing Comets - Falling Into Hell". Alan is one of our greatest supporters and most popular speakers, and has given us more superb lectures than I can count! This once again promises to be an excellent start to our new lecture season.
7.30 p.m., Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, QUB. Free admission, including light refreshments.
2. AstroPhoto Exhibition, Linenhall Library, Belfast, until 30 Sep. We're delighted to have in Belfast the amazingly popular and successful astrophoto exhibition that featured recently in Dublin. This runs until 30 September. Free admission. A MUST SEE!
3. INAM 2016, UCD, 7-9 Sep: The 3rd Irish National Astronomy Meeting (INAM 2016) will be held between Wednesday 7th and Friday 9th September 2016 in UCD. Currently it is expected that the meeting will consist of themed science sessions over two full days, Thursday 8th and Friday 9th, with a welcome reception on the evening of 7th.
There will be a free public lecture on Thursday at 8.00, see http://www.astrophysics.ie/?
NB, the main meeting is a professional level event, but members of societies affiliated to the ASGI, such as the IAA, are welcome to attend, at a reduced fee of €15.
4. 50th anniversary of Star Trek, 8 Sep: the first broadcast of the first episode of the classic "Star Trek" TV series was on the 8th of September 1966. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
5. Annular solar eclipse, Africa, 1 Sep. This was only visible in Africa, Madagascar, S. Arabia, and parts of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. I was invited to lead the Independent Traveler group to Katavi National Park in Tanzania to see it. We got a superb view in totally clear skies - I'll try to show a few photos at the start of our meeting on Wed 21, if there's time. And the safari drives were amazing too.
For another story, see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
6. Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, 16 Sep. Visible when underway at Moonrise. A very slight darkening of the N limb of the Moon may just be visible
7. Recent Podcasts by Kevin Nolan of the Planetary Society: From Kevin -
Two 'online outputs' I've been involved with recently as Coordinator to Ireland for The Planetary Society, are a Podcast about Mars Exploration run by the Irish Times, and a blog I've just written targeted at the non-expert (and expert alike) about the Proxima Centauri planet discovery.
Irish Times Podcast with Kevin Nolan of The Planetary Society about Mars Exploration: http://www.irishtimes.com/
Blog about the Proxima Centauri Planet discovery offering background details, and thoughts on the science, sociological and future impact of the discovery. the blog aimed at non-expert and expert alike: http://planetarie.wordpress.
8. Autumn Equinox, 22 Sep at 15.21 BST/IST. Start of Autumn in N. Hemisphere.
9. The Annual Institute of Physics Teachers Conference
10. Mercury visible in morning sky from late Sep to Mid Oct - See Stardust for details
11. Mercury just above thin crescent Moon before sunrise, 29 Sep. Look from about 30 to 45 mts before local sunrise.
13. Rosetta Impacts Comet 67P, 30 Sep. This amazing spacecraft will make a very gentle touchdown, or 'controlled crash', on Comet Churyumov - Gerasimenko, sending back data as it descends. The end to a fantastically successful mission. Note that Rosetta has now found Philae: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
14: World Space Week, 4 - 10 October. Various activities.
15. Blue Shift, Dublin, 7-8 October. See http://www.smartfutures.ie/
16. Stargazing at Silent Valley, Mourne Mountains, 8 October: The IAA has been invited back to this really dark sky site for another stargazing evening. More details later.
17. Armagh Observatory event at Beaghmore Stone Circles, Co Tyrone, 15 October. More details later.
18. Uranus at opposition in Pisces. See Stardust for details.
19. Mayo Dark Sky Festival, 27-30 October. Ronan Newman asked me to mention this new link to the Mayo Dark Sky Festival website https://mayodarkskyfestival.
20. End of the World religious nonsense starts again: http://www.aol.com/article/
21. Interesting Weblinks.
ARCHAEOASTRONOMY: Stonehenge astronomy: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
Milky Way's early blow-out: https://www.sciencedaily.com/
The rise and fall of galaxy formation. https://www.sciencedaily.com/
A galaxy made of 99.9% Dark Matter http://earthsky.org/space/
Life on Earth started really early: https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Earth's carbon indicates early massive collision https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Could new nearest exoplanet, Proxima B, be habitable? https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Determining if alien planets are habitable https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Bringing new life to exoplanets https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Twin stars host three giant exoplanets https://www.sciencedaily.com/
'Hot Jupiter' atmospheres https://www.sciencedaily.com/
No Alien signal this time http://earthsky.org/space/hd-
New outer solar system objects https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Ice geology on Ceres https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Jupiter's N Pole revealed, and it's weird: https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Extraordinary compounds in Uranus and Neptune: https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Mystery craters on Phobos explained http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
Russia tests first pulse-detonation super rocket http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
US Astronaut logs record 534 days in space http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
Launching cubesats from high-flying jets http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
China unveils its Mars Rover http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
Looking for life below Martian surface http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
NASA to test 'Impossible' EM Drive http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
Asteroid Redirect Mission: https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Origin of solar wind found. https://www.
Solar storm effects: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
New ultra-wide field binoculars http://alpha-lyrae.co.uk/2014/
22. TWITTER Follow the IAA on Twitter: @IaaAstro.
23. JOINING the IRISH ASTRONOMICAL ASSOCIATION is easy: This link downloads a Word document to join the IAA. http://documents.irishastro.
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