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IAA helper rota

ARC hosts the Irish Astronomical Association's public lecture series. The lecture programme for is available on the IAA Website. A member of ARC will be present each evening to ensure things go smoothly.

The meetings start at 7.30pm sharp, and the IAA start arriving just after 7pm. So ARC staff should be at the front door of the Physics and Astronomy Building at 7pm. The IAA do not have keypad access so it will be necessary to stay on the door until around 7.45pm (or an agreeable time with the IAA) to let in the late comers. The lectures are held in the Bell, and they have refreshments after the main lecture if you wish to stay for the talk.

The Bell lecture theatre is not locked, and should be open at all times. If you have any major problems you can phone Stephen on 07876014103, Ken on 07740374775 or Alan on 07834318834. The people in charge at the IAA are Paul Evans (paul.g.evans@gmail.com), Pat O'Neil, and Terry Moseley (TerryMosel@aol.com).

The rota for 2019/2020 is:

Date ARC Volunteer Speaker Lecture Title
Sep 25 2019 Christine Collins Dr Mike Simms (UM) 1969; a special year for space rocks (and not just from the Moon)
Oct 09 2019 Peter Clark Dr Gavin Ramsay (AOP) Wide-field Space Photometry: From Corot , Kepler, Tess, and Gaia to Plato
Oct 23 2019 Rick Smith Dr Ernst de Mooj (QUB) Exoplanets
Nov 06 2019 Jean Costes MIke Foylan (IAA) Backyard Science for the Aamateur Astronomer - REsearch isn't just for the professionals
Nov 20 2019 Christopher Dillon Dr Meg Schwamb (QUB) New Perspectives Big and Small of the Trans-Neptunian Region
Dec 04 2019 Owen McBrien Dr Matt Redman (NUIG) The Shaping of Planetary Nebulae
Dec 18 2019 Sean Quinn Brian Beesley and Adam Jeffers (IAA) Members night
Jan 08 2020 James Gillanders Dr. Chris Watson (QUB) The Terra Hunting Experiment - Finding Alien Earthlike Worlds
Jan 22 2020 Ryan Campbell Dr. David Jess (QUB) TBC
Feb 05 2020 Aaron Monson Dr. A McCrea and Mr. Terry Moseley (IAA) Members night
Feb 19 2020 Matthew McCollum Dr. Laura Murphy (TCD) The First Stars in the Universe
Mar 04 2020 Dominik Kiersz Dr. John Quinn (UCD) Gamma-ray and Optical Astronomy with VERITAS
Mar 18 2020 Michael Fulton Prof. Peter Gallagher (TCD) TBC
Apr 01 2020 Fionntan Callan TBC TBC
Apr 15 2020 Laura Buchanan AGM

The rota for 2018/2019 is:

Date ARC Volunteer Speaker Lecture Title
Sep 19 2018 Peter Clark Dr Frank Prendergast DIT From Neolithic to Iron Age - Case Studies in Irish Archaeoastronomy
Oct 03 2018 Scott Houston Prof. Emeritus Luke Drury DIAS The Dawn of Multi-Messenger Astronomy
Oct 17 2018 Rick Smith Prof. Gerry Doyle AOP The Probability of a Doomsday Solar Superflare: Fact or Fiction?
Oct 31 2018 David O'Neill Dr Marc Sarzi, AOP Supermassive Black Holes
Nov 14 2018 Christine Collins Michael O'Connell Midlands Astronomy Club Amateur Observations of Meteors
Nov 28 2018 Robert Wells Prof. Smartt ARC QUB Kilonovae and the birth of multi-messenger astronomy
Dec 12 2018 Jamie Robinson Paul Evans IAA Apollo 8 - Christmas Around the Moon
Jan 09 2019 Owen McBrien Dr Andy McCrea IAA Everything you wanted to know about Telescopes
Jan 23 2019 Chris Dillon Dr Neale Gibson ARC QUBExploring Alien Worlds: How to find life in the Universe
Feb 06 2019 Sean Quinn Dr Kate Maguire ARC QUB Gravitational Waves - Ripples in Spacetime
Feb 20 2019 Stephanie Merritt Dr Norah Patten Inspire Space From Mayo to Space
Mar 06 2019 Mandy Hewitt Prof Peter Gallagher DIAS
Mar 20 2019 James Gillanders TBC
Apr 03 2019 Shannon Matthews Prof Alan Fitzsimmons QUB DART and Hera - moving an asteroid
Apr 17 2019 Chris Gibson AGM

The rota for 2017/2018 is:

Date ARC Volunteer Speaker Lecture Title
Sep 20 2017 Peter Clark Prof Mark Bailey, Emeritus Director of Armagh Observatory Ancient Stones and Comets: Developing the Giant-Comet Hypothesis
Oct 04 2017 Rachel Booth Dr Sophie Murray, TCD Cloudy with a chance of flares: the importance of space weather forecasting
Oct 18 2017 Matthew Hooton Dr Laura Keogh: InspireSpace Space law: owning stars, mining asteroids and Asgardia
Nov 01 2017 Scott Houston Prof Tom Ray, DIAS Preparing for Science with the James Webb Space Telescope
Nov 15 2017 Stephanie Merritt David Lisk Astronomical Spectroscopy for Amateurs
Nov 29 2017 David O'Neill Dr Stuart Sim, QUB How Antimatter Formed
Dec 13 2017 Ondřej Procházka Andy McCrea & Terry Moseley Moon Shadow: The Great American Eclipse
Jan 10 2018 Sean Quinn Brian MacGabhan Einstein made (relatively) simple
Jan 24 2018 Thomas Seccull Prof Carl Murray, QMUL The Cassini Mission to Saturn: The End of an Era
Feb 07 2018 Robert Wells Dr. Stephen Wilkins, Sussex Univ. Exploring the End of the Dark Ages
Feb 21 2018 Daniel Gay Dr Erin Higgins (AOP) Live Fast and Die Young - Stellar evolution and the fate of massive stars
Mar 07 2018 Owen McBrien Dr. Patrick Harkness Mars Sample Return technology: development and testing in Antarctica
Mar 21 2018 Christine Collins Prof Alan Fitzsimmons, QUB First Contact: Uncovering An Interstellar Visitor
Apr 04 2018 Jamie Robinson Daniel Williams (U of Glasgow) Gravitational waves
Apr 18 2018 Richard Smith AGM

The rota for 2016/2017 was:

Date ARC Volunteer Speaker Lecture Title
Sep 21 2016 Andrew Thompson Prof Alan Fitzsimmons, QUB Sungrazing Comets - Falling Into Hell
Oct 05 2016 Conor Diamond Dr Jose Groh, TCDLive fast and die hard: the evolution and death of massive stars
Oct 19 2016 Andrew McNeill Dr Morgan Fraser, UCD Gaia: Mapping the Milky Way and Beyond from Space
Nov 2 2016 Stephanie Merritt Dr David MaloneHow we tell the time
Nov 16 2016 Peter Clark Members Night Paul Evans: Beginners astrophotography'; Eleanor Edwards: 'The Space Academy'
Nov 30 2016 Tom Seccull Dr Wes Fraser, QUBRecent space exploration: small guys take the spotlight
Dec 14 2016 Meabh Hyland Dr Aoife McCloskey TCD Origin of sunspots & Solar flares, and how to predict the latter
Jan 04 2017Jamie Robinson Prof Mike Burton, Armagh Obs Explorers of the Galaxy
Jan 18 2017 Scott Houston Dr Kate Maguire, QUB Cosmic Lighthouses: Supernovae and the Dark Universe
Feb 01 2017 Mark Magee Dr Mike Simms, Ulster Museum All Craters Great and Small
Feb 15 2017 Ondrej Prochazka Prof Sanjeev Gupta (ICL) The Geology of Mars
Mar 1 2017 Robert Wells Dr Katja Poppenhaeger, QUB Exotic worlds: planets in other solar systems and what they might look like
Mar 15 2017 Aaron Reid Dr Cosimo Inserra, QUBBuilding bridges to the mysteries of our Universe with the brightest cosmic explosions
Mar 29 2017 Rachel Booth Dr Henry Joy McCracken, Paris ObservatoryThe Euclid Mission: finding out what dark matter and dark energy really are
Apr 12 2017 Matthew Hooton N/A AGM

The rota for 2015/2016 was:

Date ARC Volunteer Speaker Lecture Title
Sep 23 2015 Andrew McNeill Leo EnrightPluto, New Horizons, and the Edgeworth (Kuiper) Belt
Oct 07 2015 Darryl Wright John FlanneryVoyaging to the Moon: 2,000 years of space exploration
Oct 21 2015 Rachel Booth David Shayler,FBIS The Astronomer Astronauts
Nov 4 2015 Connor Diamond Dr Maria Cullen, DCUAnazoeing Mars
Nov 18 2015 Daniel Gay Brian MacGabhann, GACOn the Shoulders of Giants; The Story of Our Quest to Understand the Cosmos
Dec 02 2015 Matthew Hooton Prof Susan McKenna-Lawlor, NUIM, STILRosetta Mission, its Philae Lander, and the First Irish Satellite
Dec 16 2015 Ondrej Prochazka Tony Drennan (former IAA Pres)Sherlock Holmes, Pocahontas, and the Star Atlas with no stars
Jan 06 2016 Thomas Seccull Dr David Asher, Armagh Obs. When Earth encounters interplanetary matter: bananas, wings and Totoro
Jan 20 2016 Mark Magee Dr Heather Cegla, QUBEarthlike Exoplanets
Feb 03 2016 Andrew Thompson Prof Mihalis MathioudakisWhat we'll learn from the biggest solar telescope in the world
Feb 17 2016 Stephen Durkan Prof Andy Shearer, NUIGWhat we don’t know (Dark Energy and Dark Matter)
Mar 02 2016 Mattia Bulla Dr Nick Howes The Biggest Telescope in the World” (ALMA)
Mar 16 2016 Aaron Reid Michael O’Connell, MACThe Antikythera Mechanism: The World's Oldest Computer
Mar 30 2016 Sam Grant Kevin Nolan (The Planetary Society)Human Exploration of Mars”
Apr 13 2016 Meabh Hyland N/A AGM

The rota for 2014/2015 was:

Date ARC Volunteer Speaker Lecture Title
24 Sep 2014Ryan BrothwellLeo EnrightLatest Science Results from Rosetta at the Comet
08 Oct 2014Mattia BullaProf Don KurtzThe Kepler Mission: Exoplanets and Asteroseismology
22nd Oct 2014N/AProf Lawrence KraussCosmic connections: from the Big Bang to life on Earth NB: this will be held in the Larmor Lecture Theatre, Physics, QUB.
05th Nov 2014Elisabeth GallProf Andy ShearerBig Telescopes, New Detectors, Fast Processing: the new era in astronomy
19th Nov 2014Samuel GrantMary MulvihillTBC
03rd Dec 2014Rebecca HewittProf Tom RayThe Einstein Lens and a Tale of Two Eclipses
17th Dec 2014Colin HillTBATBA
07th Jan 2015Michael KennedyTBATBA
21st Jan 2015Catherine McEvoyProf Alan FitzsimmonsRosetta: The Final Picture of a Comet
04th Feb 2015Andrew McNeillTom O'DonoghueHigh Quality Deep Sky Imaging
18th Feb 2015Matt NichollKevin NolanMars - the Latest Picture
04th Mar 2015Joe PolshawDr John MasonMysteries of the Aurora
18th Mar 2015Aaron ReidPaul EvansThe Large Partial Solar Eclipse of March 20
01st Apr 2015Emma ReillyDr Kate Russo and Terry MoseleyThe March 20 Total Solar Eclipse - What we saw
15th April 2015Darryl WrightN/AAGM

The rota for 2013/2014 was:

Date ARC Volunteer Speaker Lecture Title
18 Sep 2013 Pedro Lacerda Prof Colin Cunningham, IoA Mega Telescopes: how and why?
2 Oct 2013 Alan McLoughlin Dr Paul Dawson, DIAS Star Chef: Cooking with the Stars
16 Oct 2013 Matt McCrum Dr Deirdre Coffey, UCD Exploring the Cosmos. The View from Hubble and Beyond
30 Oct 2013 Meredith Grieve TBC
13 Nov 2013 Emma Reilly Terry Moseley
& Dr Kate Russo
Irish Solar Eclipses
& The 2015 Total Solar Eclipse & a new book launch
27 Nov 2013 Ev McLoughlin Dr John Quinn, UCD The High Energy Milky Way
11 Dec 2013 Janet Chen Dr Justyn Maund, QUB Supernovae and the HST
8 Jan 2014 Matt Nicholl Dr Stuart Sim, QUB Understanding Supernovae: How to Blow up a Star
22 Jan 2014 Elisabeth Gall Robert Hill, NISO NI Space: Developing the Space Sector and Opportunities in the Province
5 Feb 2014 Michael Kennedy Dr David Jess, QUB Solar Physics Beyond 2013: New Tricks to Tackle Old Problems
19 Feb 2014 Rebecca Hewitt Dr Ken Smith, QUB Sifting the Sky with Pan-STARRS 1:
Crunching the Data from the World's Largest Operational Digital Camera
5 Mar 2014 Colin Hill Dr Steve Myers, CERN The LHC and the Discovery of the Higgs Boson
19 Mar 2014 Darryl Wright Dr Stefano Bagnulo, Armagh Observatory Remote Sensing by Polarimetry
2 Apr 2014 Ryan Brothwell Carl O’Beirnes, Astronomer Astronomy My Journey
16 Apr 2014 Catherine McEvoy AGM

The rota for 2012/2013 was:

Date ARC Volunteer Speaker Lecture Title
19 Sep 2012 Janet Chen Leo Enright Mountaineering on Mars: Into the canyon-lands of Gale Crater, to scale the summit of a mountain taller than Mont Blanc.
3 Oct 2012 Dr Peter Gallagher LOFAR and the Rosse Observatory.
17 Oct 2012 Ken Smith Dr Lucie Green The Sun (Michael West Lecture, in Larmor Lecture Theatre)
31 Oct 2012 Morgan Fraser Dr Daniel Mortlock Searching for the rarest objects in the universe.
14 Nov 2012 Peter Keys Dr Ian Elliott Solar Activity and Our Climate.
28 Nov 2012 Pedro Lacerda Dr Rubina Kotak Cosmic Rulers, Standard Candles and Type 1A Supernovae.
12 Dec 2012 Andy McCrea & Terry Moseley The Australian Total Solar Eclipse.
09 Jan 2013 Pedro Lacerda Prof Philip Dufton 45 Years in Astronomy.
23 Jan 2013 Michael Kennedy Dr Tolis Christou Horseshoes, Tadpoles and other Weirdnesses: Asteroids and Planets Learning to Live Together.
06 Feb 2013 Morgan Fraser Prof Lorraine Hanlon The Gloria Project.
20 Feb 2013 John Burton Dr Chris Watson
06 Mar 2013 Cosimo Inserra Prof Tom Ray From Pebbles to Planets: Our changing ideas of how the Solar System formed.
20 Mar 2013 Janet Chen Prof Alan Fitzsimmons Data Mining The Asteroid Belt.
03 Apr 2013 Ken Smith Thierry Legault Imaging Spacecraft from Earth.
17 Apr 2013 AGM & David Collins
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