1. IAA LECTURE, Wed 15 Nov, 7.30 p.m. "Astronomical Spectroscopy for Amateurs" by Dr David Lisk. Spectroscopy is probably the single most important tool available to the astronomer, allowing us to determine the composition of everything in the universe from aurorae and meteors in our upper atmosphere, through planets, moons, comets and asteroids in our Solar System, to the atmospheres of exoplanets, the stars and nebulae in our own galaxy, and out to the most distant galaxies and quasars in the far reaches of the universe. Come and discover how amateurs like ourselves can use this amazing technique to learn more about our fantastic universe
Wed 15 November 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.
2. Cavan Monaghan Science Festival, Renowned astrophotographer Tom O'Donohue from Dublin will be doing a Workshop in Monaghan on Tuesday 14th at 7pm as part of the Cavan / Monaghan Science week activities. The workshop will be on DSLR Astrophotography. He will discuss camera settings, objects to shoot, timing your photos, and tips on composition and set up. This will be followed by demos of processing images in Lightroom and Photoshop. Also, ten of his pics will be on exhibit in the Market house for two days. See
3. Cavan Monaghan Science Festival, Nov 15; Lecture by Prof Michael Burton (AOP). Prof Burton will be giving his second lecture at this Festival, entitled "Wonders of the Cosmos - as seen by the telescopes of the European Southern Observatory". Given the recent ROI decision to join ESO he will also talk about what ESO actually is, as well as show some of the spectacular imagery.
Wed 15 Nov: Clones 7pm (Note there is currently the wrong date listed for this under Monaghan events in the link below, but the booking system comes up with the right date)
Details and bookings via http://www.
4. Cavan Monaghan Science Festival, 17 November, Observing at Cavan Burren Centre. I will be conducting an astronomy observing event for this festival at the Cavan Burren Centre, near Blacklion, Co Cavan.. I'll have a selection of telescopes and binoculars for observing,and if it's cloudy I'll be talking about choosing and using telescopes and binoculars, and I'll have some meteorites - 'actual rocks from space' - on display. Starts at 7 p.m.. See http://www.
cavanmonaghansciencefestival. and www.cavanburrenpark.ie ie
5. IAA Photo Exhibition, Carrickfergus Our very successful photo exhibition continues at its latest venue, Carrickfergus Museum and Civic Centre, until 6 January. Be sure to watch the excellent video display of some recent aurorae and other phenomena such as eclipses and conjunctions. Also on display are various antique telescopes and other astronomical equipment on loan from Armagh Observatory and Planetarium and myself, and some space items on loan from Dr Andy McCrea.
It continues there until 6 January.
For further information please contact Carrickfergus Museum, T: 028 9335 8241 or E: carrickfergusmuseums@