17 March 2020: All IAS in-person meetings and observing nights are cancelled until futher notice.
We urge each of you to take care and we look forward to seeing you all when the Government recommendations change. In the meantime, we might have some clear skies and I hope you can make best use of them.
19 April 2020: Please note that Orbit is not being printed at this time. A PDF copy of the April 2020 issue has now been emailed to members.
7 July 2020: A PDF copy of the July 2020 issue of Orbit has now been emailed to members.
28 July 2020: As soon as feasible and in line with Government guidelines we hope to resume our monthly "Sidewalk Astronomy" observing sessions in Sandymount and Clontarf, as well as occasional events at other locations.
We have started on-line talks. Please see more information.
by Dr Emma Whelan (Maynooth University)
Monday, 29th March 2021 (at 19:30 Irish Summer Time).
Venue: online zoom.
You can join the meeting a few minutes before the event by clicking on this Zoom link.
This talk will explore the field of exoplanets - planets outside our own solar system. As of this month over 4000 exoplanets or new worlds have been discovered. The techniques astronomers use for finding new planets will be discussed along with the research currently being done at Maynooth University
Dr Whelan is an Assistant Professor and lecturer in Experimental Physics at Maynooth University. She is a former Irish Research Council awardee and is also a research associate at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS).
Our yearly almanac Sky-High 2021 is now available. It is now in its 29th 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 2020 has been added to the free Archive.
Celestial Calendar 2021
Member John Flannery has produced a Celestial Calendar. 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.
Comet NEOWISE 2020 F3
Sky-High Extra has been updated with information on this object. Photograph by member John Flannery on 2020 July 6 at 3 h IST.