1. Heavens Above: AstroPhoto Exhibition, Antrim, 9 November. 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 Arts Centre in Antrim, and the Island Arts Centre in Lisburn.
IAA Members are invited to the special VIP launch in the CAC Antrim on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. http://www.
The Clotworthy Arts Centre will be hosting the event from 9 November until 3 December. Free admission. A MUST SEE! http://www.
You can get directions here http://www.
2. Taurid Meteors: These slow but infrequent meteors are noted for producing a higher than usual percentage of fireballs. They are active up to the middle of November, but are rather spoiled this year by the bright Moon.
3. "SuperMoon", 14 November.
An example of a mixture of hype and getting things wrong is here:
4. IAA Public Lecture Meeting, 16 November; "Beginners Astrophotography", by IAA President Paul Evans; and "The Space Academy" by IAA Council Member/schools Officer learn Edwards. This meeting is aimed at newcomers/beginners, and will cover everything you need to know about getting started in astrophotography, using just your camera, and leading on to simple imaging through a telescope. Eleanor will then describe her involvement with the UK's Space Academy, and how it relates to teaching astronomy and space science in schools.
TIME: 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/
5. TV Interview with Emeritus Professor Director Mark Bailey.
"Behind the Science: Geoff McGimpsey talks to the former director of Armagh Observatory, Professor Mark Bailey". This broadcast can now be viewed at http://www.nvtv.co.uk/on-
6. ISS The International Space Station continues its series of morning passes over Ireland on Nov 3, continuing until Nov 20. Details for your location, along with lots of other useful information on space and astronomy on the excellent free site www.heavens-above.com. This new link may also help http://earthsky.org/human-
7. Venus is now becoming more readily visible in the early evening twilight as it moves out from the Sun, and the angle of the ecliptic gradually improves for us in these latitudes.
8. IFAS Calendar 2017 . The FREE edition of the IFAS Calendar for 2017 is now available as a 735Kb pdf for download. It does not include the photos taken by IFAS members but these will appear in a printed edition of the calendar which will be available for purchase (details to be announced during October on the IFAS site www.irishastronomy.org). The pdf contains extra pages with various useful tables of data. Grab your copy of the 2017 calendar now at https://www.dropbox.com/s/
10: 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.
11. Newport Astronomy Society: Next talk is Tuesday 29th November, upstairs in the Grainne Uaile Pub, Newport at 8pm. Topic: 'The Drake Equation and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence' by Derek Dempsey - admission FREE - everyone welcome! #mayodarkskies
12. IAA Public Astronomy Outreach Event, Cullyhanna, Co Armagh, 4 December, 5 p.m. More details later, but mark your diaries now.
13. 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/
14. ESO Astronomy Camp Date: 26 December 2016 to 1 January 2017; Location: Aosta Valley, Italy. More information: http://www.eso.org/public/
15. IAA Subscriptions now overdue: Your Last chance to pay! Any members who have not renewed their subscriptions by the time the next issue of STARDUST is being sent out will be deemed to have lapsed, and will not receive that or any further issues. 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.
16: IAA NEW YEAR PARTY - 7 January. More details later.
17. Galway Astrofest, 28 January. Another top programme of events is already lined up. More details later, but save the date now.
18. FUTURE EVENTS ALERT: Note the dates:
COSMOS 2017: 31/3 to 02/04. Athlone.
SSP: Major Event: The International Space Studies Programme (SSP) will be coming to Ireland next year. It will be based at Cork Institute of Technology, running from 26 June to 25 August.
20: Interesting Weblinks:
A Tsunami of stars and gas produces eye-shaped feature in galaxy https://www.sciencedaily.com/
HST images the Toucan https://www.sciencedaily.com/
The 'Pillars of Destruction' https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Nearly 'naked' Black Hole from close encounter https://www.sciencedaily.com/
New profile of dark matter https://www.sciencedaily.com/
EARTH & MOON
New clues on origin of life https://www.sciencedaily.com/
Detection of water on asteroid Psyche https://www.sciencedaily.com/
The mission involves astronauts making the journey to their captive space rock by hitching a ride on the next-generation Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.
After the Orion and the asteroid are attached, the astronauts take a spacewalk to the captured object.
Once the Orion docks with the remote-operated asteroid capture device, the crew performs a spacewalk that sees them climb almost the length of the conjoined vehicles to an exposed section of the asteroid they take photos of and scoop samples from, the video shows.
After the mission is complete, Orion returns to Earth on the same path it journeyed out on, loops around the moon included, and splashes down in an ocean - likely the Pacific - 10 days later.
The mission is seen as an important step towards eventually sending humans to Mars and returning them safely."
- Can anyone tell me what this has got to do with getting humans onto Mars? How does visiting a tiny space rock in orbit around the Moon relate to getting a human crew to Mars?
(I can see how it might be useful in planning for an asteroid redirect mission, but not for getting to Mars.)
Unusual region on Mars https://www.sciencedaily.com/
22. JOINING the IRISH ASTRONOMICAL ASSOCIATION is easy: This link downloads a Word document to join the IAA. http://documents.irishastro.
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