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
* 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 Wednesday every month (except 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 Aurora Borealis in Irish History: From Superstition to the Digital Age " is our next public lecture presented by Ronan Newman, at 8:00pm November 1st in the Charleville Centre, Church Rd Tullamore. All ages welcome only €2 to attend.
* "Make a Rocket Launch" is our next public lecture presented by Seanie Morris, at 8:00pm October 4th in the Charleville Centre, Church Road Tullamore. Adults and all kids welcome to attend admission is 2 euro and we will supply all materials
* 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
A new photo taken by NASA's Terra satellite on Saturday (Oct. 21) shows big patches of scorched earth in Napa Valley, the heart of California's wine country.
When it flew past enigmatic Pluto on July 14, 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft had only just begun its voyage of exploration, and a new video from NASA's ScienceCasts series takes viewers through the probe's many discoveries since that encounter.
The head of NASA's science directorate has requested modifications to the design of its next flagship astrophysics mission based on the recommendations of an independent review.
Paul Weitz, a NASA astronaut who lived on Skylab before commanding the maiden flight of space shuttle Challenger, died on Oct. 23. He was 85. In total, he logged more than 33 days in space on his two missions, including two hours spacewalking.