Monday, 1 October 2018

Public lecture, Asteroid double, Observing nights, Europlanet, New Eso show, ISS, WSW, SWI, Moon night, AOP events, Mayo DSF,

Hi all,
1. IAA Public Lecture: "The Dawn of Multi-messenger Astronomy". 3rd October By Prof Luke Drury, Emeritus Professor, Dublin Institute for advanced Studies. Until very recently, all we have ever been able to find out about the universe has been via the electromagnetic spectrum. Originally this was just by visible light, and although the range has since been extended to gamma rays at one end of the spectrum to radio waves at the other, it was all still E-M radiation. With the recent detection of Gravitational Waves, a whole new window on the universe is available. And with the recent 'simultaneous' detection of GW's and E-M radiation from the same event, we now have Multi-messenger astronomy. This is one of the most significant developments in our study of the Cosmos, and hol;ds great promise for future research.
   Prof Drury's expertise in this area promises to give us a fascinating and highly significant lecture.
Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics building, QUB, 7.30 p.m.
   All welcome. Free admission, including light refreshments.
2. Successful double landing on asteroid!
3. IAA Observing Nights, Delamont Country Park, 5 or 6 Oct. The next sessions are planned for the weekend of 5 or 6 October. The procedure is that if the first evening is clear, we go ahead. If it's cloudy, we try again on the following night. If both those nights are cloudy, we postpone until the following w/e, 12-13 October.
    Check the IAA website,, on each of those days to see if the observing will be going ahead or not.
4. Europlanet Society launched: The Europlanet Society, a new membership organisation to promote the advancement of planetary science in Europe, has been launched at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2018 in Berlin. The Society is open to individual and institutional members and builds on the heritage of 15 years of Europlanet projects funded by the European Commission. See: Europlanet Society website:
5. The Sun, Our Living Star: New ESO Planetarium Show
ESO is proud to announce a brand new addition to its collection of free high-quality planetarium materials produced by world-renowned astrophotographers, artists, technicians, and musicians. The Sun, Our Living Star tells the story of our nearest star — our planet's powerhouse, the source of energy that drives Earth's winds and weather, and the ball of light that allows the very existence of life. The Sun, Our Living Star is currently being shown in the planetarium of the ESO Supernova, since 7 September, and is also available to download for free from the ESO website.
6. ISS. The ISS continues its series of evening passes until 10 October. Details for your own location, and lots more info on space and astronomy, on
7. World space Week 4- 10 October. Various activities throughout Ireland. 
8. Space Week Ireland
Space Week 2018 will take place from the 4th to the 10th of October, with events occurring all around the country. Space Week is an excellent opportunity for people to reflect on the inspirational topic of Space. To find an event in you area, or for information on how to register your own, visit
DCU Space Careers Roadshow
On October 4th, Dublin City University will host a Space Career Roadshow in conjunction with Science Foundation Ireland, ESERO Ireland and CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory. These roadshows provide students with an excellent opportunity to engage with space industry professionals, and third level institutions, so that they can get a taste of the exciting opportunities that a STEM career in Space has to offer. The keynote speaker will be Matt Taylor of ESA. Further information here:
    CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory Open Night
On October 5th, CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory will host an open night. CIT BCO's Education Officer Frances McCarthy will give a talk "40 Years of Mars" from 7pm – 8pm.
Cork Astronomy Club volunteers will lead stargazing in the courtyard from 8pm if weather permits. Details here:
    CIT Space Careers Roadshow
On October 10th, Cork Institute of Technology will host a Space Career Roadshow in conjunction with Science Foundation Ireland, ESERO Ireland and CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory. These roadshows provide students with an excellent opportunity to engage with space industry professionals, and third level institutions, so that they can get a taste of the exciting opportunities that a STEM career in Space has to offer. Speakers include former NASA Astronaut Dan Tani, and Prof Elizabeth Tasker of JAXA. Details here:
    CIT - A Pint and A Chat With Astronaut Dan Tani
On Tuesday October 9th. Grab yourself a drink, pull up a chair, and settle in for a cozy chat with former NASA astronaut Dan Tani. This event will take place at a secret location in Cork, and tickets will be issued via competition. Details on how to win one here:
    Space Week Competition
Every school that registers an event for Space Week will be entered into a draw to win one of three Ktec telescopes signed by NASA Astronaut Dan Tani! Submissions end October 10th. Full details here:
9. Junior Cycle Conference for Teachers; BCO, 6 October - Teaching Earth and Space in the Junior Cycle
Practical workshops, inspirational speakers on space and panel discussions supporting the Earth and Space Strand. Join us from 9:15am - 5pm on Saturday 6th October 2018 at Birr Castle and Science Centre, Birr, Co. Offaly. Book through Eventbrite. Further details and booking here:

10.  International Observe the Moon Night: 20 October 2018:  
11. Armagh Observatory and Planetarium events
   TODDLER TAKEOVER TUESDAY, at the Planetarium, October 23. There will be plenty to do for little ones - stories, songs and arts and crafts (all with a Space theme of course!)  Next session: 23 October, Time: 1.15pm - 1.45pm, Price: £2 per child. Booking required.

   Halloween Half-Term

Mon 29 Oct - Fri 2 Nov 2018. Dome Theatre Show Programme: Open 10am-5pm
More show information and to book online:
Weather permitting we will be launching rockets and will have a super space-themed craft activity for the children. Spend your half-term with us!

   Murder Mystery at Armagh Observatory, Tuesday 30 October. Scandal, jealousy, anger and revenge are thick in the air and murder is just around the corner on Tuesday 30 October at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium.

* If you fancy yourself as a bit of a sleuth and think you can solve our out of this world mystery, then join us and put your powers of deduction to the test.
* Session Times: 7pm & 9pm. Price: £25 per person. Duration: Approx 2.5hrs

* Light refreshments will be served 30mins before the event begins

* A Dome show and short tour of the Planetarium and Observatory are included

* Adult Only Event

* While we make every effort to accommodate wheelchair users and others with mobility issues, by virtue of the nature of the building, the Observatory is accessed by steep narrow stairs

12: Mayo Dark Sky Festival, 2-4 November  
* The latest speaker to be added to our programme is ÉANNA NÍ LAMHNA, renowned botanist and broadcaster, who will give a talk on Nocturnal Animals
* Childrens Workshop added to the line-up - The GREAT EGG-DROP CHALLENGE! (Children will work in teams to design and build a device that can keep a raw egg intact when dropped from a height)
* KTEC TELESCOPES will have a selection of telescopes and accessories on display at the festival and will be on hand to answer your questions
* Tickets go on sale online 30th AUGUST (we will send you the link on or before that date)
* Thanks to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), we will be running a FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE between the festival venues over the weekend of the festival
* CHILDREN UNDER 16 will be admitted FREE to all events
With lots more speakers and events to come, please do keep a close eye on our website for regular updates
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13.  ESA-GTTP Teacher Training Workshop 2018 
The ESA/GTTP Teacher Training workshop 2018 will take place from 20 to 23 November at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. This series of ESA teacher workshops is run in association with the Galileo Teacher Training Programme (GTTP) and returns for its ninth edition. Applications are due by 09:00 CEST on Monday 1 October 2018.
Find more information here
14. NEW: Advance Notice The Galway Astronomy Festival takes place on Saturday January 26th  2019.
The festival will take place in our new venue, The Harbour Hotel, New Docks Road,Galway.
 We were very happy with last year's festival and hopefully this coming year's festival will be equally successful.
15. Centenary of IAU in 2019:  IAU100: Uniting our World to Explore the Universe
In 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) will celebrate its 100th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, the IAU will organize a year-long celebration to expand awareness of a century of astronomical discoveries as well as to support and improve the use of astronomy as a tool for education, development, and diplomacy under the central theme "Uniting our World to Explore the Universe". The celebrations will stimulate worldwide interest in astronomy and science and will reach out to the global astronomical community, national science organizations and societies, policy-makers, students and families, and the general public.
   For any inquiries, please contact Jorge Rivero González, the IAU100 Coordinator at: rivero[at]
16. Starmus V — Star-studded Lineup for 2019  
Created by Garik Israelian, a researcher at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC), the Starmus Festival is a combination of science, art and music that has featured presentations from astronauts, cosmonauts, Nobel Prize winners and other prominent figures from science, culture, the arts and music. Now celebrating its fifth year, and timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, Starmus V will take place in Bern, Switzerland, from 24 to 29 June 2019. The IAU is a partner organisation of Starmus and among the confirmed speakers will be IAU Secretary General, Piero Benvenuti, and IAU President-elect, Ewine van Dishoeck.  IAU announcement: 
17. Interesting Weblinks (Disclaimer - Use of material herein from various sources does not imply approval or otherwise of the opinions, political or otherwise, of those sources).  NB: If the title in the weblink does not indicate the subject matter, I give a brief simple intro before the link. I may also comment about the link afterwards.
   Why some supernovae produce so much manganese and nickel
   Oumuamua's 'home star' is shortlisted But there's a major flaw in this report: those stars may not have been where it originated, maybe just the last stellar system it passed through! Thus if some other civilisation tracks it through their SS sometime in the future, they would track its path back to the Sun. But of course that's not where it originated!
   Other sun-like stars have much higher differential rotation rates (faster at their equators than at high latitudes), compared to our Sun
   Matter falling into SMBH at 30% of the speed of light
   Brown dwarfs can be bigger than we thought, without becoming stars
   Earth's phosphate came from deep space
   Hyabusa lands robots on Ryugu
   Complete catalogue of planetary maps:: "International Catalogue of Planetary Maps", available at
   Four young asteroid families identified
Origami architecture for habitation on Moon and Mars
   Plasma thruster to remove space debris
   Software picks best sites for Mars landers
18. IAA subscriptions for the coming year were due on 1 September. A reminder was included with the latest issue of Stardust, which all members should have received.
19. JOINING the IRISH ASTRONOMICAL ASSOCIATION. This link downloads a Word document to join the IAA.
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 .
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DISCLAIMER: Any views expressed herein are mine, and do not necessarily represent those of the IAA.
Clear skies,
Terry Moseley

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