IFAS News

5The polls are now active for you to choose what you see as the 12 best images from the entries submitted. These 12 winners will be the basis for the IFAS 2016 Calendar, which will go on sale later this year.

Sales of the 2015 calendar enabled IFAS to buy 1,500 personalised solar eclipse shades that were distributed free between its 13 members clubs and the general public. Funds raised from the sale of the 2016 calendar will enable IFAS to further help its member clubs and therefore benefit the general public in amateur astronomy once again.

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One of IFAS's founding members, Terry Moseley, has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Terry is currently the Irish Astronomical Association's PRO Officer, and was also its President in the past (on 3 occassions of 3 years each).

"I'd like to dedicate it to the late Sir Patrick Moore, who started and encouraged my interest in astronomy, and whose limitless enthusiasm and dedication was an example to everyon", said Terry.

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At this year's COSMOS 2013 Star Party in Tullamore, the IFAS AGM took place on Saturday April 13th. A lengthy meeting, the Minutes of which are available to all Club Reps in the Reps Forum inside, had many topics up for discussion. One being the election of a new committee till 2014. Mr. Dave McDonald stood down after 3 years of loyal, dedicated and prominent service to be replaced by Mr. Seanie Morris. Mr. Albert White steps in as IFAS Secretary to replace Seanie's vacant post after 5 years. Mrs. Deirdre Kelleghan remains as Vice Chairperson and Mrs. Bernie Blaney remains as Teasurer. We wish the new committee the best for the year to come!

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The formal application has been made to Birr Town Council for the proposal of a world-renowned radio telescope to be set up in Birr. To be situated on the grounds of Birr Castle Demense on a 4.2 hectare site, the group, headed by Trinity College Dublin's Professor Peter Gallagher, lodged their formal application this week. They want to errect two 75 metre Low Frequency Arrays (I-LOFAR) on the site.

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Here’s our first good look at Comet (C/2012 S1) ISON. The Hubble Space Telescope captured this shot on April 10, when the comet was slightly closer than Jupiter’s orbit at a distance of 634 million kilometers (394 million miles) from Earth.

Later this year, this comet could become a brilliant object in the sky, perhaps 10 times brighter than Venus.

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