Midlands Astronomy Club

COSMOS 2015: April 17th to 19th, Athlone, Ireland!

Cosmos 2015 Star Party April 17th to 19th

The Universe comes to Athlone at the 4-star Shamrock Lodge Hotel in the heart of Ireland!

Our guest speakers:

John Zarnecki  |  Kate Russo  |  Nick Howes  |  Steve Richards  |  Brian Harvey  |  Deirdre Kelleghan  |  Keith Geary

More details coming soon. Read more here >


Midlands Astronomy Club

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?


Upcoming/Recent Events

"Telescope Night for Beginners" is our next event on Tuesday March 3rd, presented by Seanie Morris (MAC Secretary) in Clonamore House Hotel, Arden Road, Tullamore at 8pm, open to members (free) and non-members (€2). Telescopes are also welcome! Observing afterwards if weather permits.

2015 Lectures Calendar is now updated. Click Here to see what's coming up in 2015.

March 20th Solar Eclipse Ireland is to enjoy 91% maximum totality from this event on the morning of Frday March 20th, and MAC will be present to safely allow you to view it at its best.


Past Events News

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!

COSMOS 2015: April 17th to 196th Ireland's BIGGEST Star Party revisits the Shamrock Lodge Hotel for 3 days. International guest speakers, rocket launches, astronomy and more. View COSMOS 2015 page >

Latest Club News here >>


For The Latest 'What's Up'...

Check out 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 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 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 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.


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