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?
• "Presenting the Moon and the Stars" will be our next public outreach event on Saturday October 24th at Athlone Castle. A free event taking place from 7:30pm, all welcome. Read More >
• "Doesn't Matter" will be our next lecture on Tuesday November 2nd by Ms. Maire McKay, MAC. Maire presents a quizzical look at matter's rle in the Universe, including that which we can't see, yet still know is there. 8:00pm in Clonamore House, all are welcome. Non-members €2.00. Lectures Calendar >
• 2015 Lectures Calendar is now updated. Click Here to see what's still to come in 2015.
Past Events News
• Hugely successful COSMOS 2015 Star Party! Many who attended said it was MAC's BEST star party yet! Reviews and photos will be added onto this website soon.
• Hugely successful Eclipse Watch! The Eclipse Watch on top of Athlone Castle on Friday March 20th attracted around 220 people. And the weather played ball too!
• 2015 AGM with big ambitions! The MAC Annual general Meeting was heard on Tuesday january 20th last to an enthusiastic crowd. The Club has had a very successful 2014 and with big plans coming in 2015, it could be our busiest year yet!
For The Latest 'What's Up'...
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 Ireland many times during the night with as many as 5 passes in any 24 hour period. 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.
Astronomy News Making Headlines