1. "aroundNorth" returns to Northern Ireland
In March last year, Robert Jarvis together with the Armagh Observatory launched the first permanent installation of Robert's "aroundNorth" sonic-art installation (see http://star.arm.ac.uk/press/
Pole, a point in the sky that lies close to the pole star, Polaris. See https://aroundnorth.wordpress.
Robert has brought a portable version of the installation back to Northern Ireland this week, and performances will be given from 6.00pm on Saturday 15th October in the evocative Neolithic site of the Beaghmore Stone Circles, roughly halfway between Cookstown and Omagh (see
This performance, which is supported by Armagh Observatory and Planetarium
and the host organization, is free and everyone is welcome and very much
encouraged to attend.
2. IAA Public Lecture Meeting, 19 October; Dr Morgan Fraser, Cambridge University / UCD: "Gaia: Mapping the Milky Way and Beyond from Space": GAIA is possibly the biggest development in astrophysics since the start of this millennium! This is a ,lecture not to be missed!
Abstract: Gaia is the European Space Agency's flagship mission for this decade, and is revolutionising our understanding of the Milky Way and beyond, by allowing astronomers to measure distances to a billion stars.
I will outline the Gaia mission, and some of the technology that makes this possible. As the first public Gaia data release was made in September 2016, I will highlight some of the key science results to
date, and discuss some of the things to look forward to from Gaia in the future. Finally, I will talk about the Gaia Alerts project, which uses Gaia data to find transients, and how amateur astronomers are getting
7.30 p.m., Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, QUB.
Free admission, including light refreshments. Free parking on QUB campus after 5.30 p.m. http://irishastro.org.uk/
3. ISS. The International Space Station is visible during early evening passes over Ireland until Oct 19. Full details, and lots more, on the excellent free site www.heavens-above.com
4 Astronauts Tim Peake and Tim Kopra. The Ulster Hall in Belfast hosts an evening on October 18th with astronauts Tim Peake and Tim Kopra. See http://www.nisciencefestival.
5. A HUGE, HUGE Universe! The universe is now thought to contain two trillion galaxies. An international team of astronomers, led by Christopher Conselice, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Nottingham, have found that the universe contains at least two trillion galaxies, ten times more than previously thought.
6. IFAS Calendar 2017
7. Exomars: Joint ESA-Roscosmos mission ExoMars will arrive in orbit around Mars on October 13th and deploy the Schiaparelli lander which will touch down on the surface of Mars on October 19th. See http://exploration.esa.int/
8. AstroPhoto Exhibition. We're delighted to announce that all the local photographs in this exhibition will feature in a further series of exhibitions, at venues including Clotworthy House in Antrim, and the Island Arts Centre in Lisburn. More details later. Free admission. A MUST SEE!
9. AMAZING PHOTO of EARTH & SPACE: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.
10. Spot Chinese Space Station, Tianggong-2 It may be possible to spot China's latest space station during one of its passes over Ireland. Tiangong-2 was launched on September 15th, marking the next phase of China's project to develop a permanently manned orbiting lab. Two taikonauts are scheduled fly to the station on October 16th for what is planned to be a 30-day stay. See http://spaceflightnow.com/
Tiangong-2 will make a series of morning passes over Ireland for a few days beginning on October 14th. It may be possible spot the manned Shenzhou 11 in orbit after launch on Oct 16th as it chases the station before docking.
11. Mayo Dark Sky Festival, 27-30 October, Update. Mayo Dark Sky Festival website https://mayodarkskyfestival.
TIME TO REGISTER NOW: Time to pre-register for the upcoming Mayo Dark Sky Festival in Newport County Mayo 28-30 October! By pre-registering (no payment necessary) your itinerary, programme and tickets will all be ready for you at the Fast Track Desk in Hotel Newport before the start of the festival and can be done at https://docs.google.com/forms/
13: Gravitational Waves; A New Astronomy, Monday, 21 November 2016 from 18:30 to 20:00 (GMT), Theatre D (ICON Theatre), UCD Science Hub, UCD, Belfield.
14. Fly A Rocket: The European Space Agency is looking for students for its new "Fly a Rocket!" programme. ESA's Education Office is looking for twenty students to participate in an online course about rocketry. Following completion of the course, the students will have the opportunity to take part in a full launch campaign at the Andoya Space Center in Northern Norway, and to launch a rocket. The course is aimed at younger university students, and it is accepting applications from education, media, and management students, showing that careers in the space sector do not necessarily require a detailed technical or mathematical background. Learn more about the program here: http://www.esa.int/Education/
15. ESO Astronomy Camp Date: 26 December 2016 to 1 January 2017; Location: Aosta Valley, Italy. More information: http://www.eso.org/public/
16. IAA Subscriptions now overdue: You can pay by Paypal via the IAA website www.irishastro.org. If you are a UK taxpayer, please tick the 'gift-aid' box, as that enables us to reclaim the standard rate of tax on your subscription, at no cost to you.
17: IAA NEW YEAR PARTY - 7 January. More details later.
18. Galway Astrofest, 28 January. Another top programme of events is already lined up. More details later, but save the date now.
19. The 2017 TSE in USA: Online course about 2017 Eclipse. On August 21, 2017, the United States of America (USA) will experience the first total eclipse of the Sun visible in the continental territory in almost 40 years. The total eclipse will only be visible within a narrow band, and everyone in North America located outside this band will see a partial solar eclipse. On 15 October 2016 the US National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is promoting the virtual conference "The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 — Are You and Your Students Ready for the Sky Event of the Decade?". This course is open to international participants for a fee. There is a free booklet (in PDF format) about the eclipse and safe viewing, from NSTA's recently published book Solar Science, and it can be found here: http://bit.ly/2bkGSvA . Find out more about this online course here: http://learningcenter.
21: Interesting weblinks:
ASTROPHYSICS: Second Ring found round Butterfly Nebula: https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Oxygen traces galactic evolution https://www.sciencedaily.com/
ALMA studies star formation https://www.sciencedaily.com/
VISTA reveals hidden stars https://www.sciencedaily.com/
No sign of Sterile Neutrinos yet https://www.sciencedaily.com/
EARTH - MOON
Solar wind effects on Earth's radiation belts https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Two stars surrounded by THREE planet-forming discs https://www.sciencedaily.com/
The death of a planet nursery? https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Sounds of Jupiter's aurora https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Space can damage your brain: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
New record rocket engine efficiency: https://www.sciencedaily.com/
SUN, SOLAR EFFECTS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
UFO's, Aliens etc
Detecting Dark Matter https://www.sciencedaily.com/
23. TWITTER Follow the IAA on Twitter: @IaaAstro.
24. JOINING the IRISH ASTRONOMICAL ASSOCIATION is easy: This link downloads a Word document to join the IAA. http://documents.irishastro.
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