News from the President

We have resumed our series of in-person public lectures starting in September 2022.

I hope you can attend either in-person or on-line using Zoom. Please note there is no charge.

From Hubble to Webb


by Kevin Nolan

Hybrid meeting on Monday, 30th January 2023 (at 20:00 Irish Time).

Please note the different venue.
In person Venue: Insight Research Centre, O'Brien Centre For Science, UCD Belfield, Dublin 4.
Parking is free on campus after 17:00.

Online Zoom: You can join the meeting a few minutes before the event by clicking on this Zoom link.

All welcome, free event.

The Hubble space telescope revolutionised astronomy and the James Webb telescope will continue to do so. This talk by Kevin Nolan of TUD will examine how both will work in tandem in the near future. It will be suitable to non-experts and seasoned astronomers alike; and will be bang up-to-date with the latest releases from both Hubble and Webb.

The talk is visually impressive. Kevin has spent a lot of time sourcing and aligning ground-based, Hubble and James Webb images of the same object and fields to give a sense of just how much of an advance beyond Hubble the James Webb is. Particular attention will be paid to the Carina Nebula including a generous look over Hubble's great 29,000 pixel image of that nebula, within which we also find James Webb's already iconic "Cosmic Cliffs" image.

The talk will also look at the near-future context for the James Webb: the ELT, LSST and other similar telescopes to be constructed in this decade.

Sky-High 2023

skyhigh 2023

Our yearly almanac Sky-High 2023 is now available. It is now in its 31st year.

Sky-High has articles on upcoming events regarding Planets, Asteroids, Comets, Meteors, Eclipses and Variable Stars. It has a detailed Diary tailored for Irish Observers. It includes a handy table of sunset and twilight times as well as Moon phases. It also features a number of guest articles.

Please see more details, that includes information in obtaining a copy.

Please note that paid-up IAS members have been mailed a free copy. Sky-High 2022 has been added to the free Archive.

Celestial Calendar 2023

calendar 2023

Member John Flannery has produced a Celestial Calendar for the IAS. It includes sky events and historical events. Each month has a colour image.

It may be downloaded for free. Please note that paid-up IAS members have been mailed a free printed copy by the IAS.

Mars just before its Lunar Occultation 2022

mars & moon

Photograph by our President Michael McCreary on 2022 December 8. Canon 600D DSLR on a C11 (28 cm SCT).