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. 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
3. SKY AT NIGHT on Rosetta , BBC 4, OCT. 6. the Rosetta Landing on Comet 67P will be showing 'Goodbye Rosetta:A Sky at Night Special ' on BBC FOUR on October 6 at 7:30pm.
4. Around North, Antrim Castle Gardens, Oct 13.
All members of the Irish Astronomical Association are invited to "aroundNorth" at Antrim Castle Gardens on Thursday 13th October 2016. This sound installation, by Robert Jarvis in conjunction with Armagh Observatory, will consist of - a Workshop: 10.30am-12pm, a Talk: 2-3pm, and the Sound installation: 6.30-10.30pm. IAA members will bring along telescopes, for sky viewing if it is clear.
"aroundNorth" is a sound installation that takes its inspiration from the apparent rotation of stars around Celestial North Pole. As the Earth rotates and the stars appear to slowly move around Polaris, the North Star, the installation tracks the stars' movements and interprets them as an evocative musical score. Stars passing virtual lines in the sky trigger musical notes whose qualities are informed by their brightness, size, temperature and distance from Earth, creating a mesmerising sound map of the universe as viewed from our turning planet.
Music & Astronomy workshop: 10.30am to 12.00pm - Age 16 and over. For musicians interested in using their musical skills in an astronomical setting. This workshop will explore the feasibility of using musical skills to interpret star catalogue data. It is suitable for those who already have expertise in playing an instrument and are interested in extending performance skills and new ways of composing. All musicians should have their own instruments and be willing to play in an ensemble setting.
Science and Astronomy talk, 2-3pm - Age 16 and over; Robert will explain the process he used to create the work and track the movements of the stars.
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 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. Stargazing at Silent Valley, Mourne Mountains, 8 October: This event has been canceled, due to circumstances outside our control. It may be re-arranged for some later date.
13. Armagh Observatory event at Beaghmore Stone Circles, Co Tyrone, 15 October. More details later.
14. 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/…/
16: 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.
17. 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.
18: IAA NEW YEAR PARTY - 7 January. More details later.
19. Galway Astrofest, 28 January. Another top programme of events is already lined up. More details later, but save the date now.
21: Interesting weblinks:
ASTROPHYSICS: Our galaxy's oddest star is even odder! https://www.sciencedaily.com/
EARTH - MOON
Huge Space Telescope could be assembled by robots https://www.sciencedaily.com/
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.