From: TerryMoselat

Subject: 4 Lectures, Play, TV, Eclipse, ISS, ISON, CERN @ UCD, GSP, S-L, Weblinks etc

Date: 16 October 2013 13:15:23 BST

Hi all,


1. IAA LECTURE, 16 October. Dr Deirdre Coffey, UCD. "Exploring the Cosmos: the View from Hubble and Beyond".

   The iconic Hubble Space Telescope has pushed the frontiers of astronomical knowledge further outwards in many different fields, as well as giving us some of the most stunning views of our amazing universe ever seen. But a much more powerful telescope is planned to replace it - the James Webb Space Telescope. In this talk, Dr Coffey will outline some of the major achievements of the HST, and look forward to the JWST, and other important new instruments.

     The lecture is free and open to all, including free refreshments. It will be held in the Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Queen's University, Belfast, at 7.30 p.m. 

   Thanks to the Astrophysics Research Centre, QUB, for help in hosting these lectures.


2. RAeS Lecture, by Robert Hill.  Room 02/026, Peter Froggatt Centre, QUB, on Thursday 17th Oct. Developing The Final Frontier: the Space Revolution:

   All are very welcome to attend this free lecture, being presented by Robert Hill from Armagh Planetarium. Robert is the Director of the Northern Ireland Space Office, and an amazing speaker. The Peter Froggett Centre is on the N side of the main campus, and adjoins University Square. The lecture is due to commence at 7 PM, with refreshments available from 6:30 PM


3: TV - HORIZON: Thursday, 17 Oct. BBC4 8.0 - 9.00pm. "The Horizon Guide to Mars"  Dr. Kevin Fong draws on 45 yrs. of footage from the Horizon archives. (Thanks to Peter Paice for the alerts)


4.  ISS: the ISS has started a new series of evening passes over Ireland. For details for your location, see:  


5. COMET ISON - LATEST: Now brightening significantly; it's now up to about mag 10, so there is still hope.


and for a bit of fun:


6. CERN exhibition at UCD:  The new Science Centre at University College Dublin hosts an exhibition about CERN from now to Oct 28th. The exhibition is self-guided and open to the public 9am to 9pm on weekdays. A guided tour can be arranged with the faculty in UCD beforehand though. See for details.


7. PENUMBRAL LUNAR ECLIPSE: The moon slides through the northern part of the Earth's penumbral shadow in a 'partial penumbral lunar eclipse' on Oct. 18 - 19. In this type of eclipse, the Moon misses the central, or umbral, shadow of the Earth, but passes wholly, or in this case partially, through the outer fainter penumbral shadow.

   The eclipse begins at 22.51 and ends at 02.50. At mid-eclipse, at 00.50, 76 per cent of the moon's diameter will be immersed in the penumbra, probably deep enough to cause a faint, yet discernible darkening of the moon's lower limb. 


8. Irish Astronomical Society talk on October 21st:  Dr Masha Chernyakova (DCU) will give a talk entitled "Puzzling Gamma-Ray Binaries: Theory and Observation". See for details.    


9. "The Life of Galileo" -- November 8th to 10th, at 7:30pm.  As part of the lead up to Science Week, Brecht's "The Life of Galileo" will be staged by the Greenwood Theatre Company in Dunsink Observatory in a specially adapted version by David Hare. As the observatory is over 200 years old, it seems like the perfect venue in which to set the play. Most of the performance will be staged in the Meridian Room where "Dublin Time" was kept but the audience will have the chance to move into the South Dome (with its large Victorian Grubb Telescope) and the Solar System Room for a number of scenes. Seating is very limited for the 3 performances and tickets (15 euro) can be booked through the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies website by following the links to the "The Life of Galileo".  See for details.


10. RIA LECTURE, CORK, 12 November: The  RIA's biennial McCrea lecture will  hosted by UCC on 12 November. Venue: G10 Lecture Theatre, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork. Date: Tuesday 12 November 2013, 6 pm. 

Royal Irish Academy and University College Cork Biennial McCrea Astronomy Lecture for Science Week 2013: Are the Laws of Physics Changing? by Professor John D Barrow FRS, University of Cambridge

Abstract: Astronomers have investigated whether the laws and constants of physics are the same today as they were billions of years ago. We will look at what these high-precision observations have been telling us and see why many physicists believe that the laws of physics may be different elsewhere in the Universe.

Biography: John D Barrow is an English cosmologist, theoretical physicist and mathematician. He is currently Research Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. He was elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society in 2003 and was awarded the Faraday Medal and Prize in 2008. He is Director of the Millennium Mathematics Project. See:


11. Galway Star Party. 1 February 2014.

“City of Stars" is the theme for the 2014 Galway Astronomy Festival which takes place on February 1st at the Westwood House Hotel with an emphasis on how exploration of the Cosmos has inspired communities and cultures in our city that would not otherwise do so, to think about the Universe.  From its humble beginnings in January 2004 to the present day our Astronomy Festival has become Ireland’s biggest annual gathering of amateur astronomers who come here from around the country to meet in friendship and to exchange information, successful stargazing and mutual progress.

   The event will follow the same format as last year with six talks split into two sessions in the morning and evening. A new lunchtime interlude with two mini observing workshops and in the late evening we present the new Sir Patrick Moore Memorial Lecture. 

1. Dr Deirdre Coffey, UCD. title tba

2. Dr Matt Redman, Director of Centre for Astronomy, NUI Galway: "Star formation and Star Destruction"

3. Guy Hurst, Editor of "The Astronomer magazine" UK: "The Glory of Globular Star Clusters"

4. Tom O'Donaghue: “Cosmic Vistas: The Universe in

5. Professor Paul Mohr: "The genius of the Greek naked-eye astronomers: Measuring the Cosmos with dioptra and trigonometry

6. Michael O’Connell: "From the Big Dipper to the Southern Cross: Observing the southern sky Down Under”

2 x 25 min workshops: Paul Byrne IFAS: “Double Stars: Celestial Couples 

2nd workshop TBC

   Paul Mohr is provisionally launching his new book about Greek Astronomy for the amateur astronomer

   Tom will exhibit his photos

   Paul Byrne is a double star enthusiast from Dublin

The Sir Patrick Moore Memorial Talk: Guy Hurst: "The Astronomer: The First 50 years" celebrating their Golden Jubilee 1964-2014


12. STARGAZING LIVE returns on 7 - 9 January 2014. The IAA has once again been asked to be principal partner with the BBC for this prestigious event. More details later, but mark your diaries now.


13. INTERESTING WEBLINKS:,  Where will it all end? Will the ending be good, or bad? Who knows.... TM^headlines


14. TWITTER: Follow the IAA on Twitter:  at signIaaAstro


15. NEW LINK! JOINING the IRISH ASTRONOMICAL ASSOCIATION is easy: This link downloads a Word document to join the IAA.

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Clear skies,

Terry Moseley

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