1. IAA Public Lecture Meeting, 5 October; Prof Jose Groh of TCD, will give our next public lecture, entitled "Live fast and die hard: the evolution and death of massive stars".
This is a World Space Week Event
Stars more massive than 8 Suns end their lives in dramatic supernova explosions. But before dying, these monster stars have tumultuous lives when they blow winds, suffer giant eruptions, and interact with companion stars. In this talk, Prof. Jose Groh (TCD) will give an overview on the fast lives of the most massive stars in the Universe and how they evolve. He will also discuss the roles of massive, monster stars as cosmic engines of the Universe.
I had the pleasure of hearing Prof Groh give an excellent talk on this subject at the recent INAM conference in Dublin, so I know we're in for a superb lecture.
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/
2. Stargazing, Wicklow, Oct 1 The Dublin Stargazers Meetup Group plan to observe from the Sugar Loaf car park in Wicklow if the sky is clear Saturday evening. See http://www.meetup.com/The-
3. The Burren Star Party, hosted by the Shannonside Astronomy Club, is an observing weekend at the Poulnabrone Dolmen Car Park. This year it is on the nights of Sept 30th and Oct 1st. More details at http://www.
4. SKY AT NIGHT on Rosetta , BBC 4, OCT. 2 & 6. the Rosetta Landing on Comet 67P will be showing 'Goodbye Rosetta:A Sky at Night Special ' on Sunday October 2 at 10pm, repeated on BBC FOUR on October 6 at 7:30pm.
5. 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.
6. World Space Week Events
· Oct 4-10: World Space Week. Ireland events listed at http://spaceweek.ie/
In Cork: Space Week at BCO, Cork; "Our Planet - Our Space - Our Time". Space Week is Ireland's newest national STEM week in parallel with World Space Week. It is YOUR week to focus on the wonders and realities of the Universe around us. Taking place from October 3 – 8, Space Week will enable all people to explore how, as 21st century citizens under one sky, we can use the power of critical thinking, science, technology, engineering and maths to shape our understanding of life on Earth and our place in Space.
Plan an event: Organise an event in your school or community and register your details on www.spaceweek.ie. All registered events will receive Space Week merchandise and promotional materials.
Attend an event: Family-friendly events, stargazing, workshops and more will take place nationwide. Or discover the Universe in your own home using the fun space activities on spaceweek.ie.
Discover Your Universe! Find or register events on spaceweek.ie, #SpaceWeek16
CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork. Tel 021 4326120
PLUS: Various other activities throughout Ireland, including
· Oct 2: "Calendars, Clocks, and the End of Irish Time", Dunsink Observatory at 7pm. Book at https://payments.dias.ie/
· Oct 4: Gamma-Ray Burst Astrophysics: playing detective with the Universe, 6:30PM, Icon Theatre (H1.13 UCD Science Hub)
· Oct 4, Rosetta: To Catch a Comet! – Prof. Mark McCaughrean
Prof. Mark McCaughrean well give a public talk on the Rosetta mission which, after 12 years and 6
billion km, crash-landed on a comet at the end of September, garnering important new results
as it does so.
Bio: Prof Mark McCaughrean is Senior Science Advisor in the Directorate of Science at the European
Space Agency. He is also responsible for communicating results from ESA's astronomy, heliophysics,
planetary, and fundamental physics missions to the scientific community and wider general public.
Following a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, he worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight
Centre, followed by astronomical institutes in Tucson, Heidelberg, Bonn, and Potsdam, and taught as
a professor of astrophysics at the University of Exeter before joining ESA in 2009. His personal
scientific research involves observational studies of the formation of stars and their planetary
systems, and he is also an Interdisciplinary Scientist for the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space
Tuesday 4th October 19:30-20:45, Schroedinger Lecture Theatre, 2nd floor, Fitzgerald Building, Trinity College Dublin, (wheelchair accessible)
Location: For location and directions click on the following link: http://www.tcd.ie/Maps/map.
Free: tickets should be booked on eventbrite for the TCD Rosetta talk. There is a strict limit of 120
on the capacity of the Schroedinger lecture theatre.
· Oct 5: "21st Century Astronomy", Dunsink Observatory at 7:30pm. Book at https://payments.dias.ie/
· Oct 5: "Heartbeat of Space", Fitzgerald Building, TCD at 7:30pm. See http://spaceweek.ie/sessions/
· Oct 5-9: Prints from the "Images of Starlight Exhibition" on display in the Fitzgerald Library, TCD. See www.tcd.ie/Physics/news-
· Oct 6: Miscellaneous talks for Space Week, DCU from 6:30pm. See http://spaceweek.ie/sessions/
· Oct 7/8: Dublin Sidewalk Astronomers. See http://www.irishastrosoc.org/
· Oct 7: Talk on "William Rowan Hamilton and Space Navigation", OPW Head Office (Dublin) at 4pm. See http://spaceweek.ie/
7. IFAS Calendar 2017
8. 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/
(Thanks to John Flannery for some of the above information)
9. 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 the Island Arts Centre in Lisburn, and Clotworthy House in Antrim. More details later. Free admission. A MUST SEE!
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. Mercury visible in morning sky from late Sep to Mid Oct - See Stardust for details
12. Rosetta Impacted Comet 67P, 30 Sep. This amazing spacecraft made a very gentle touchdown, or 'controlled crash', on Comet Churyumov - Gerasimenko on 1 October, sending back data as it descended. The end to a fantastically successful mission.
13. Stargazing at Silent Valley, Mourne Mountains, 8 October: This is also an event for World Space Week: The IAA has been invited back to this really dark sky site for another stargazing evening. More details later.
14. Armagh Observatory event at Beaghmore Stone Circles, Co Tyrone, 15 October. More details later.
15. 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/…/
17: 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.
18. IAA Subscriptions due: 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.
19: IAA NEW YEAR PARTY - 7 January. More details later.
21: Interesting weblinks:
Spiral arms in protoplanetary disc https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Fermi finds record breaking binary close by https://www.sciencedaily.com/
ALMA finds curious chemistry https://www.sciencedaily.com/
X-rays that don't come from any known source https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Cosmic dust demystified https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Our long arm of the Milky Way http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
Colourful end to a sunlike star https://www.sciencedaily.com/
ALMA explores the Hubble UDF
How to merge two Black Holes https://www.sciencedaily.com/
EARTH - MOON
The latest on the formation of the Moon https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Mars Crust contributes to atmosphere https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Rosetta provides first UV image of a comet https://www.sciencedaily.com/
New low-mass objects could refine planetary evolution https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Area on Mars may once have been habitable http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
Pluto's watery 'heart' https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Australian technology on world's largest radio telescope https://www.sciencedaily.com/
UFOs Aliens, etc
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.
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. You can also make a donation via Paypal if you wish: just click on the 'Donate' button. See also www.irishastro.org.