5th February 2015
The club held its annual annual general meeting where last years
activities were appraised, the club finances were discussed and a new
committee was voted in, the new committee is now as follows,
Chairman, Gordon Lalor
Secretary, Shea Morrisey
Treasurer, Simon Kenny
PRO, Frank Ryan
IFAS reps, Dave Lillis,
General committee member,
Gordon also gave a brief
rundown of astronomical events coming up in the year.
21st February 2015
Visit to the Galway Astronomy
The club members payed a visit
to the excellent Galway astronomy festival ths year, there were excellent
speakers as well as shops full of equipment to browse through.
Pics coming soon.
17th March 2015
A number of club members payed a
visit to Cratloe hill to try observe the elusive aurora, while some faint aurora
were observed, it was decided to head to Loch Gur and try seeing some from
there. While there, some more aurora were seen. While not spectacular or bright,
these were the first aurora seen from here in a number of years.
Frank and Dave also evaluated the darkness of the Loch Gur site for general
night sky viewing.
More pics coming soon.
20th March 2015
Solar eclipse observing session at Grange
stone circle (near Loch Gur)
The club ran a public observing
morning for the almost full (95%) solar eclipse. The club members turned up at 8am to a
low hazy sky and for a while it looked like we'd see none of the eclipse. At the
time of greatest eclipse, it got noticabily dark and cold. Once the time went
on, it got warmer and brighter. Then gaps appeared in the clouds and everyone
got to see a thin crescent Sun, as more gaps appeared some people snapped some
pics of it.
The club also advertised this
event and articles appeared in the Irish Times (March 19th, page3) and the
Limerick post (page18).
Gordon was on ClareFM and it was advertised by Live95FM and on the RTE website
of eclipse events.
A UTV Ireland TV crew was also there and recorded a report for the 6.30
IFAS also organised free solar
observing glasses to be handed out, we had planty to go around.
21st March 2015
Club Observing night
The club ran a general observing
session on the Saturday night of 21st at Lock Gur, it was a good dark clear sky
many objects were seen, it was well attended by over 10 of the club members. The
best views were of Jupiter and the Hercules cluster. Many galaxies in Virgo, Leo
and Ursa Major were also observed. Saturn was seen rising as the night came to
2nd April 2015
Out of town speaker, Michael
Michael (from midlands astronomy
club) gave a fascinating talk on the Antikythera mechanism, the
Greek two and a half thousand year old analog computer that predicts solar/lunar
eclipses and the positions of the planets. This device had been lost in history
and was only recently re-discovered, it is literally fiteen hundred years ahead of
its time, the likes of which was not seen again until the 16th century.
Many thanks to Michael for coming down and describing its history and how it
11th April 2015, 8pm, at the
Loch Gur heritage center (Dark Sky Inititive)
Out of town speaker,
Albert is the chairman of the
Irish Light Pollution Awareness Camgaign and he gave a talk at the
heritage center at Loch Gur, County Limerick. This is the launch of the Loch Gur
Dark Sky Inititive. Albert talked about the
impacts of light pollution on the environment and how to minimise it. It is
hoped that Loch Gur, with its very low light levels can obtain a bronze status
dark sky site over the coming year, this is an official internationally
Many thanks to Albert for coming down, it was very enjoyable and informative.
See http://www.darksky.ie/ for more info on
fighting light pollution.
23rd-25th April 2015
Global Astronomy Month (GAM) 2015
The club will run its annual spring
observing nights at O'Callaghans strand in Limerick from Thursday
23rd to Saturday the 25th of April from 8.30 onwards.
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.
The Moon, Venus and Jupiter will
be giving a fine display and will be easily seen through the club telescopes.
This is open to the public, you
do not need ot own a telescope as the club will be brining along its own, all
you need bring is your interest, enthusiasm and a warm jacket.
20th July 2015 -
We are delighted to announce we will be part of the Summer
Solstice Festival at Lough
Gur this year.
We will be setting up the club scopes and equipment by the lake in the grounds
of the Heritage Centre at 8PM on Saturday the 20th to catch the sunset and
provide safe solar viewing through the scopes.
At 9PM Frank
Ryan will present a nights sky talk in the Heritage Centre, this will be a
fantastic opportunity for anyone who is new to astronomy to learn about our
telescopes & what will be on offer to see in the sky that evening.
We will be treated to a lovely conjunction of a young Crescent Moon with Venus
& Jupiter shining brilliantly alongside setting over the lake.
SAC will offer all those that attend guided viewing of these celestial wonders
and also discuss the various objects and constellations that can be seen over
the summer months.
There is a small charge of €5 for the event which will go to support of the
Heritage Centre. Please call Lough
Gur on 061 385186 for details.
2nd July 2015
Open night, club meeting
This night has been set aside as an
open night, anything goes, If you want to shoot the breeze or bring in a
telescope that you need help with, this is the the time to do it.
11th-12th September 2015
The club is running its annual
starparty in the Burren over this weekend in September. Please see the BSP2015
page for more details.
19th September 2015
IOM (internation Observe the
The club will run a public
observing session at O'Callaghans strand in Limerick in support of IOM 2015.
Passers by will be treated to a great view of the Moon using the clubs 10 and 12
inch telescopes and high power binoculars.
28th September 2015
Lunar Eclipse observing session
The club will be running an
observing session for the lunar eclipse, details will be put up here nearer to
5th November 2015
Out of town Speaker, Peter
Peter hails from Cork Astronomy
Club, he'll be presenting a talk titled "The ethics of space", it
should be a very interesting talk and it's a topic that we've not touch on
Christmass night out
club will be organising a christmass night out, detaisl will be put up here
nearer to the time.