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?
• "The Earth as a Planet"is our next public lecture presented by Mr. Emmet Mordaunt, MAC Chairperson on Tuesday March 7th at 8:00pm in the Charleville Centre, Church Road in Tullamore. All welcome, admission is free.
• COSMOS 2017 takes place on the weekend of March 31st to April 2nd at the 4* Shamrock Lodge Hotel in Athlone. Details can be found on this site, and a website will be updated on www.cosmosstarparty.ie soon.
Past Events News
• 2016 AGM - New year, a better MAC! Many people turned up for the 2016 AGM on January 19th last. A new committee was elected, a review of 2015 was presented and targets set for 2016. Altogether, and exciting past year lies in store!
• 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!
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 early evening or early morning at this time of year with as many as 4 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