The meeting will take place in the Department of Physics and Astronomy from 9:30am until 5:30pm on
Saturday 21st September, and will consist of a series of popular-level talks given by professional
astronomers on their research here in Northern Ireland.
Additionally, on Sunday 22nd September there will be an organised visit to Armagh Observatory.
Visitors will be given a guided tour of the observatory and astropark, followed by a lunch reception
hosted by the Lord Mayor of Armagh. Please note that this visit is restricted to 45 people due to venue
and transport limitations.
More details and bookings can be made at the following website: https://sites.google.com/site/spabelfastmeeting
Attendance at the meeting is free, but we ask that people register so that we can estimate numbers
Best Wishes, Prof. Alan Fitzsimmons, Astrophysics Research Centre, Queen's University Belfast
I know that there are some amateurs (and professionals) in Ireland who have suitable equipment to attempt this observation, which could yield some very useful information not obtainable in any other way. Of course, even negative observations are valuable, as they constrain the maximum size of the object.
6. Patrick Moore Event, Leicester:
Further details, along with a booking link, may be found at: http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/special-events/patrick-night
7. COMET ISON - LATEST: This comet has now been imaged several times after its reappearance after 'conjunction' with the Sun, and it does indeed seem that it has not brightened as much as expected. It has now just crossed the 'snow/frost line', where water ices sublimate, creating more of a coma and tail and should therefore have increased the brightness. So it doesn't look as promising as we had hoped.
Description: This project aims to survey and evaluate the public understanding, perception and value of (and expectation from) science in Ireland. Subsequent to development of a comprehensive survey, numerous means will be used to conduct it across all cohorts across society, including best traditional practices as well as using Web portals, social networks and science centres. The successful candidate will also engage a one week outreach internship at Blackrock Castle Observatory (BCO) Science Centre, one of the centres due to run the survey. Results will be published in a peer reviewed journal and presented at conference; providing new insights into science education and outreach as well as into national science priorities.
The project is fully funded for two academic years, including college fees, a monthly stipend of 833 Euro (net), costs for conference and BCO internship, among other usual costs. The interested candidate should have an honours degree at 2.2 or higher in one of: Science, Engineering, Computing, Scientific Communications, Science Education, Social Science, Scientific Journalism or a related area. Interested candidates should send an email expressing their interest to Kevin Nolan at: Kevin.Nolan@ittdublin.ie
9. Talk By Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, NUIG Astronomy Society, Tuesday, 24 September, 19:00.
In the most ambitious global outreach and education campaign for WSW to date, teams of researchers, explorers and educators will carry out Mars simulations and tests of rovers, spacesuits and other hardware at locations world-wide. Activities will include the WSW 2013 Mission to Mars, a 4-day simulation of a human Mars expedition at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. The 6-person crew will be led by Jon Rask from the Space Biosciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center. The Mission to Mars and all
satellite events will be co-ordinated from the WSW 2013 Mission Control Center, located at the Headquarters of the Austrian Space Forum in Innsbruck, Austria.
'Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth' is organized by the World Space Week Association, in partnership with the Space Generation Advisory Council, the Mars Society, the Austrian Space Forum and Kiwispace Foundation.
Remco Timmermans, Executive Director of WSW said, "The 'Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth' analogue campaign incorporates science, engineering and education activities related to living and working on Mars. We are reaching out to millions of people around the world with the message: We are on the brink of an exciting new era and you can be part of it!"
Gernot Grömer, President of the Austrian Space Forum, said, 'We are honoured to take on the task of operating the Mission Control Center, connecting many of the world's premier analogue research teams for planetary exploration. This year's Word Space Week will be an impressive showcase of what the solar
system exploration community has achieved up to now."
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