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Sky-High 2015

skyhigh 2015

Our yearly almanac Sky-High 2015 is available for purchase at the Cosmos 2015 weekend at Athlone, starting Friday 17th April.

A special discount price of €4.00 (i.e. 20% off the normal price) of is available to attendees.

See more details of Sky-High 2015.



Orbit April-June 2015

30 Mar 2015: This issue has been mailed.

The issue (of 28 A4 pages) focuses on Observation Reports and Images by members. It also includes Sky Notes for the period and an article by Peter Denman "Astronomy in a Floating World".



Phenomena from Earth's Middle Atmosphere

Dr.Frank Mulligan

by Dr. Frank Mulligan, Maynooth University

Monday April 27th 2015 (8 pm).
Venue: Ely House, 8 Ely Place, Dublin 2. Time: 8 pm. All welcome, free event.

Dr Frank Mulligan is from the Department of Experimental Physics at Maynooth University.



Partial Solar Eclipse from Ireland, 20 Mar 2015

partial eclipse

Despite a poor weather forecast and the day starting very grey and grim, many saw the eclipse through thin cloud or holes in the cloud.

The photo was taken by J. O'Neill, a little after maximum, through a hole in the clouds (85 mm refractor at 600 mm focal length).

The next partial solar eclipse visible from Ireland occurs in 2017, while for a total solar eclipse, the wait is for 2090!



Comet Lovejoy 2014 Q2 slow to fade

Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 continues to be a nice object these evenings. 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.

As March began the comet was about 6th magnitude. During the month the comet will fade a little, but still be an easy binocular object, as it moves in Cassiopeia. On the evening of 15th March it was very near (about 10') the bright star Delta Cassiopeiae. Did any members get any images?

Please report any observations, drawings or photographs to our Director of Observations, Liam Smyth.

comet lovejoy

comet lovejoy



Sky-High 2015

skyhigh 2015

Our yearly almanac Sky-High 2015 is available for purchase.

Please see details for obtaining a copy.

Please note that IAS members have been mailed a free copy.


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2015 Apr 24 Dublin Sidewalk Astronomy at Sandymount. See Facebook Posts.

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