To see a list of the speakers for our exciting Autumn Program of talks (including some from the European Space Agency) look HERE
Early Summer Aurora
At our May 11th meeting there was a short talk by our Aurora buff; Ronan Newman showing recent photos of these nocturnal celestial lights, he forecasted at the time that there could be a display visible in the days ahead. Sure enough a beautiful display was photographed during the early morning of May 13th by Mayo based amateur astronomer and photographer; Steve Hanley. This photo was taken at the beautiful Lough Talt, a glacial lake in the Ox mountains, Co. Sligo using a Cannon 5D mark3, a 16mm lens @ F2.8 and a 15 sec exposure at ISO 1600.
Solar Fest 2015
Set your diary for Solar Fest taking place from the 19th -21st of June 2015 , an annual event at Dunsink Observatory and Rathbeggan lake that that combines the best of solar astronomy lectures with observing and solar imaging. Some members of the club intend travelling to the main event that takes place on the Saturday so please have a chat to us a the AGM and we will see what we can organise regarding transportation. See the promotional poster HERE while updates including a list of speakers will shortly be posted HERE
Crescent Moon and Earthshine from Inishsheer
Cormac Coyne a native of Inishsheer, the smallest of the Aran Islands sent in this image of the Crescent Moon and Earthshine. It is a composite photo put together from several photos taken with a Canon 7D on the back of a 8 inch Edge HD SCT with Advanced VX Mount. Cormac has only started Astrophotography recently and hope's by this time next year he will be producing better photos as his equipment list grows.
Earthshine is most readily observable from shortly before until shortly after a New Moon, during the waxing or waning crescent phase. When the Moon is new as viewed from Earth, Earth is nearly fully lit up as viewed from the Moon. Sunlight is reflected from the Earth to the night side of the Moon. The night side appears to glow faintly and the entire orb of the Moon is dimly visible.