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?
•"Astrophotography" is our next event on Tuesday September 2nd, and is presented by Wicklow-based astrophotographer, Ronan Melia. Clonamore House Hotel, Arden Road, Tullamore at 8pm, all welcome with complimentary refreshments.
• 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
• COSMOS 2014 April 4th to 6th Ireland's longest running star party since 1992 was A huge success! Reports and photos coming soon. View COSMOS 2014 page >
•"Seeing the Light: On the Trail of the Aurora Borealis" was our May lecture by Mr. Peter Denman.
•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 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.