Since 1986, the Midlands Astronomy Club (formerly the Tullamore Astronomical Society) has been helping promote the interests of Astronomy and allied subjects. It has done so through:
• Monthly Public Lectures
• Observing Sessions twice monthly
• Monthly Club Newsletter (Réalta)
• Monthly free astronomical handouts and guides
• Our own annual Cosmos Star Party
• Newspaper and Radio coverage across the region
• Visits to schools and other clubs
• Fundraising Events
• Other Public Events e.g. table quizes
Meetings are held on the first Tuesday every month (except June and July), and are open to everyone, young and old. Read more about the club here. Anyone can get involved, and our friendly and informal meetings cater for everyone. Why not come along and find out for yourself?
•"How I Built My Homemade Observatory" is our next lecture on Tuesday April 1st and will be presented by Mr. Jason Fallon (MAC Chairperson). Clonamore House Hotel, Arden Road, Tullamore at 8pm, all welcome (members free).
• COSMOS 2014 April 4th to 6th Ireland's longest running star party since 1992! Taking place this year at the 4 star Shamrock Lodge Hotel in Athlone. View COSMOS 2014 page >
• NEW MEETING VENUE FOR 2014 Clonamore House is our new meetings venue for 2014, located on Tullamore's northside just off the N52 bypass. Lectures Calendar >
Past Events News
•"What was it really like on Apollo 11?" was our March lecture by Mr. Seanie Morris.
•Geashill Boys Brigade & SPEAK Outreach Events 2 successful outreach events from February 7th and 8th respectively by MAC members.
Check out www.irishastronomy.org where you can see the latest astronomical highlights in the night sky. What is that planet in the East? Which meteor shower peaks this month? How can I spot the ISS? It's all there. You can also check out www.heavens-above.com and register a FREE account: this sets up your location and offers everything from satellite and ISS passes to sky charts, comets and more according to your position on the globe. We also recommend www.skymaps.com for this month's astronomical sky charts.
Today's Latest Astronomy
Current location of the International Space Station
The ISS can be seen from March 13th over Ireland as a very early morning object with 2 passes each morning. See www.heavens-above.com for accurate pass predictions according to your location.
You can also check out the aforementioned site for Iridium Flares and much more from the same link.