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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.



IAS Astronomy Classes

On Tuesday 2nd October 2018 the IAS began 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 €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


Stars, Comets and Mince Pies

Held at Dunsink Observatory, Dublin 15 on Friday 14th December 2018 from 19:30 to 22:00.

The IAS is organising this special social event, for amateur astronomers, to mark the festive season.

Light refreshments will be available including mince pies and plenty of chat before a warm log fire. The night is for amateur astronomers and their friends. The IAS would specially like to extend the invitation to our many friends in IFAS Clubs and in the various astronomy groups. Most of all it is hoped this event will be an opportunity for like minded people to meet old friends and make new ones and we look forward to seeing you there.

This year's event will include an entertaining talk by Immunologist Professor Luke O'Neill of Trinity College. People will be familiar with Luke through his weekly science slot with Pat Kenny on the Irish national radio station Newstalk. In 2018 he published 'Humanology - a scientist's guide to our amazing existence'. With good humour and wit, Luke takes us on an incredible journey across centuries and galaxies, explaining how it all began, how it all will end and everything in between. He will select topics from the book for his talk on the night.

Please note earlier start time.


IAS Public Star Parties


Observing at Sandymount

Sandymount, Dublin

Wed, Dec 12th 2018 (20:00)

The Dublin Sidewalk Astronomers meet at the car park, on Strand Road, just south of the Sandymount Martello Tower, Dublin 4. Free, all welcome.

Members bring along their telescopes and share the wonders of the night-sky with the public.

Photo by M.Murphy.



Clontarf, Dublin

Thursday, Dec 13th 2018 (20:00)

This is our Dublin north-side venue of the Dublin Sidewalk Astronomers of the IAS. The venue is the seafront car park, on Clontarf Road, opposite the Clontarf Bus Garage, Dublin 3. Free, all welcome. Geminid Meteors on view!



Other Events

Malahide VEC astronomy course

Beginners may be interested in the astronomy course run by IAS member John Daly at the Malahide VEC. The course began on 2nd October 2018. The duration is 10 weeks. For Enrolment please ring 01-8460949. Any queries to John Daly (mobile phone 086-8188783).

Note that this is not run by the IAS.

2019 Dates to Save

January 26: Galway Astrofest, Galway City.

September 6-8: BAA Meeting, Armagh.

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