New Lecture and Workshop Program Starting in September
Galway Astronomy Club ar delighted to announce details of their new Lecture program that will held in in the Westwood House Hotel starting on September 7th.
This season we have ten wonderful talks by some of Ireland's leading astronomers and astrophysicists including two speakers from the European Space Agency. Typically we start at 7.30pm with our very informative "Sky Report" a ten minute talk describing events to look out for the month ahead in the night sky.This is quickly followed by the main talk given by an academic speaker that lasts for an hour or so, after which we have a 5-10 minutes of audience questions.
The lecture over, tea/coffee & coffee is available free of charge. At this time members are free to mix and discuss the latest astronomical news and events. The meeting finishes at 9.30pm. New-members are also welcome to attend!
In addition to this and as part of our outreach program we offer a series of free monthly "Back to Basics" beginner workshops held at NUI Galway where both the public and club members can expand their knowledge and observing skills as well as meeting new people. Workshops start at 7.30pm and take place at Room 220 in the Physics Department in NUI Galway just off the main concourse. We hope to see as many as you at them and remember entry is free, Beginners are most welcome. To see details of both programs click the "Meetings 2015/16" tab at the top of the page.
A Mid Summers Night Dream
This dramatic photo of the Aurora Borealis was captured from Inis Oírr on June 23rd by local schoolteacher, Cormac Coyne. Auroras are produced when charged particles from the sun interact with the earth's upper atmosphere - and were spotted unusually far south in the UK and Ireland due to a series of solar storms that week. Cormac shot his photos at around 1am on June 23 looking north over Galway Bay and the lights of Spiddal in the background against an awesome backdrop swathed in purple light.
The photos were taken with a Canon 7D camera and an f2.8 lens, mounted on a tripod to facilitate long exposures of up to 15 seconds. As amateur photographer Cormac teaches Science and Maths in Coláiste Ghobnait on Inis Oírr and carries out astronomy outreach with his pupils. Cormac says he "loves photographing landscapes, nature, wildlife and the world around me and have recently tried my hand at astrophotography," he says.
Skellig Star Party
The Skellig Star party is an annual non-profit astronomy event that takes this August is the heart of the Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve. It is split into two events, lectures and dark sky observing. The lectures takes place at the Cable O'learys in Ballingskelligs on Saturday August 15th with speakers like Brian MacGabhann of Galway Astronomy Club, UK astronomer Nick Howes, and Pluto bound New Horizons mission scientist Dr Kimberly Ennico-Smith. Although they are free, they only have a limited number of tickets available. So anyone interested in attending the talks, go ahead and register for your tickets from our Eventbrite page link at http://tinyurl.com/q2aco8c
The observing will take place on both nights (weather permitting) at the Skellig Lodge see a photo HERE. The Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve has been designated Ireland's first International Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark-Sky Association (www.darksky.org), one of only 3 gold tier Reserves on the planet, and the only gold tier Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere. For further information go to http://skelligstarparty.com/