9th January 2014
speaking at the University of Limerick
The club held its first talk of
2014 at UL where club member Michael Johnson presented a lecture detailing the
future of robotic space exploration.
6th February 2014
The club held its annual AGM,
where a new committee was elected and a run down of the clubs finances were
discussed. Gordon also presented the night sky talk, detailing the sky in
20th - 25th April 2014
Global Astronomy Month (GAM) 2014
ran a series of observing nights at O'Callaghans strand in Limerick from
Tuesday 20th to Saturday the 25th of April from 8.30
This was a global event with clubs and societies from all over the world
participating. We in SAC were happy to be doing our bit for it.
We had the clubs telescopes and binoculars there, the public were
shown great views of the Moon and planets.
For more details of GAM worlwide, click HERE
1st May 2014
Club talk by Tony O"Hanlon
An avid observer, Tony was a
founding member of SAC back in the 1980's. He gave a cracking talk about the
spread of galaxies across the universe, how they interact with each other and
illustrated the immense scale of it all. Been a very experienced speaker, the
talk went down a treat and we hope to see Tony more often in the future.
5th June 2014
Seanie Morris, out of town
Seanie came down from Tullamore
and gave an excellent thought provoking lecture about the birth of the Universe
and how it might end. It provoked a good debate that was enjoyed by all. We hope
to have Seanie down again in the not too distant future.
2014 Burren Star Party
The club will be running its
annual starparty in the Burren, the dates have not yet been confirmed yet but it
will be over a moonless weekend sometime in September-October, dates will be put
up as soon as they are decided.
6th September 2014
IOM 2014 (international Observe the
The club will run a public observing
session at O'Callaghans strand in Limerick in support of IOM 2014. The clubs 10 and 12 inch
telescopes and high power binoculars will be available for the public to use.
26th & 27th September 2014
2014 Shannonside Astronomy
Club Burren Starparty
The club Burren Starparty went
ahead on Friday 26th of September.
There was clear skies on Friday
Night with a stunning Milkway from Horizon to Horizon. Over 30 people arrived to
view the night sky through the club telescope and various member and visitor
Unfortunately the sky was
overcast on Saturday 27th so viewing was not possible.
21st December 2014
Winter solstice sunset observing in conjunction with Loch
Gur heritage center.
SAC Club members were invited by the newly formed Science Advisory Group for Lough Gur to
help celebrate the Winter Solstice at the
Great Grange Stone Circle with members of the public. Earlier, the
group went to the HoneyFitz center where Frank Ryan gave a presentation
regarding stellar allignment in the stone circle and Dave Lillis gave a
general presentation showing the night sky in December.