The IAS and IFAS have organised a special exhibition to showcase the work of Irish backyard astronomers astrophotography. Images of the Stars, the Galaxy and the Solar Syatem will be on view.
The exhibition is takes place in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin from Tuesday 2nd - Sunday 21st February 2016.
Friday, Feb 12th 2016 (8pm):
Saturday, Feb 13th 2016 (8pm):
Free, all welcome to both nights.
Our yearly almanac Sky-High 2016 is available for ordering.
Please see details for obtaining a copy.
Please note that IAS members were mailed a free copy.
Some coming notable sky events for the rest of January are given in this extract (below) from the Sky-High 2016 Diary.
Data from Sky-High 2016.
We were treated to a fine total lunar eclipse.
The photo of the eclipse was taken by J. O'Neill, at 02.21 UT, with a 106 mm refractor at f/8. This was 10 min after the start of totality.
The next total lunar eclipse visible from Ireland occurs in July 2018.
Members please report any observations, drawings or photographs to our Director of Observations, Liam Smyth for inclusion in the next issue of Orbit.
Membership renewals are due from the 1st August 2015. Please note that the rates have increased this year. This is the first increase in many years and is needed to cover increased postage costs and rental fees for the hall for our lectures.
In late May, the comet passes about 1° from the pole star Polaris. Remarkably, it is still visible (as of 23 May) in binoculars, at just below mag 8. It is an excellent time to image the comet with a fixed camera, as trailing would be slight.
The photo (below) of the comet is by John O'Neill and was taken on 9-10 January 2015 (cropped; 200 mm camera lens). The drawing of 19 January 2015 is by Deirdre Kelleghan, with details appended.
Please report any observations, drawings or photographs to our Director of Observations, Liam Smyth.
Photo of the Very Large Telecope in Chile, courtesy of E.S.O.
2016 Feb 2-21 Images of Starlight (Botanic Gardens, Dublin)
2016 Feb 12 Dublin Sidewalk Astronomy at Sandymount.
2016 Feb 13 Dublin Sidewalk Astronomy at Clontarf.
2016 Feb 29 Talk in Ely House (by Dr Martin Topinka).
Please see EVENTS for more details and further events.
If you would like to attend Dunsink Observatory Public Open Nights that are supported by the IAS, you can find more details at Dunsink Observatory. These recommenced in October 2015.
Malahide Community School is starting an astronomy course on 2 Feb 2016.