News from the Committee

The IAS season started on 1st August 2021 and memberships fall due for renewal on that date. In the last year the ongoing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been challenging but our online talks have reached a wide audience.

The Committee has a number of plans for the year ahead and we encourage you to join in. We hope to resume in-person meetings soon as well as to explore doing more online.

Orbit is now back (for some time) with paper printing, as Sky-High will continue to be so.

We have started on-line talks. Please see more information.


The James Webb Space Telescope: Beginnings

Kevin Nolan


by Kevin Nolan

Monday, 29th November 2021 (at 19:30 UT).
Venue: Online Zoom. All welcome, free event.

You can join the meeting a few minutes before the event by clicking on this Zoom link.

This free on-line public talk by Kevin Nolan looks at how the James Webb Space Telescope, due to be launched on the 18th December 2021, will provide unprecedented insights into the beginning of the Universe itself, on how the first stars and galaxies arose and on how new stars and planets form.

Kevin Nolan is lecturer in physics at TU Dublin, Tallaght Campus. Kevin's first popular science book was published in 2008, titled "Mars, a Cosmic Stepping Stone". He is a volunteer for The Planetary Society and in this outreach capacity delivers talks, writes articles, offers occasional analysis on matters of space exploration to RTE TV and Radio.


Celestial Calendar 2021

Member John Flannery has produced a Celestial Calendar. It includes sky events and historical events. Each month has a colour image.

It may be downloaded for free. Please note that paid-up IAS members have been mailed a free printed copy by the IAS.


Comet NEOWISE 2020 F3

comet neowise

Sky-High Extra has been updated with information on this object. Photograph by member John Flannery on 2020 July 6 at 3 h IST.