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IAS Astronomy Classes

On Tuesday 2nd October 2018 the IAS will begin a new course on elementary astronomy. It consists of 12 weekly one-hour sessions. The venue is the People's College in the Teachers' Club, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

The cost is Euro 115 for the complete course.

For more details and about how to enrol please see People's College or contact the People's College beforehand - Telephone: (01) 8735879, or email the College at info@peoplescollege.ie


Special event: Space for Everyone

Wed 17th October 2018 at 19.45 at the Papal Cross, Phoenix Park, Dublin.

View the Moon and the planets Mars and Saturn - Free family friendly outdoor education event hosted by Irish Astronomical Society in conjunction with the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre of the OPW.

Note that this event is rescheduled from the previous month.



Images of Starlight is back!

IAS Astrophotography Exhibition

Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin

11th November - 2nd December 2018.

astro photo

The IAS (with help from IFAS) has a very special touring exhibition to showcase the work of Irish backyard astronomers astrophotography. Splendid images of the Stars, the Galaxy and the Solar System are featured. The opening hours are the normal gardens hours.

The exhibition returns home to the Botanic Gardens, Dublin with new images. The venture started here in February 2016 before moving to venues around the country.

Right: Photo (by member Brendan Kinch) is of the nebula IC 1396 in Cepheus. It's nickname is the Elephant's Trunk.

Images can be submitted at skyimagebotanic (at) gmail.com
The closing date for submitting images is the 28th September 2018. Rules for submitting images may be found at the IFAS forum.



Members observe Total Solar Eclipse of 9 March 2016 from Indonesia

solar eclipse

Angela O'Connell reports:

A view of totality from the MS Volendam, on the starboard bow, mid-ship. We were located in the Makassar Strait between the islands of Borneo and Sulawesi, about 1½ degrees south of the equator. The sea was surprisingly calm and the ship was steady allowing those of us with tripods to relax and concentrate on the spectacle which lasted 2 min 46 sec approximately. Photo (at left) taken 08:34 (local time), 9th March 2016 with Lumix GM5 on automatic night scene setting.


solar eclipse

Terry Moseley reports:

The solar corona during totality. Photo taken 08:36 (local time), 9th March 2016 with Canon Power Shot with x42 zoom.

The next total solar eclipse occurs in August 2017, only touching land in USA.



Total Lunar Eclipse of 28 September 2015 was well seen by most

lunar eclipse

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.



Comet Lovejoy 2014 Q2 near Polaris

In late May 2015, the comet passed about 1° from the pole star Polaris. Remarkably, it was still visible (as of 23 May) in binoculars, at just below mag 8. It was 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.

comet lovejoy

comet lovejoy


What's on?

2018 Oct 2 IAS Classes begin.

2018 Oct 19 Dublin Sidewalk Astronomy at Sandymount.

2018 Oct 20 Dublin Sidewalk Astronomy at Clontarf.

2018 Nov 11 - Dec 2 Images of Starlight, Botanic Gardens, Dublin.

Please see EVENTS/opposite 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.

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