News from the President

We have resumed our series of public lectures starting in September 2022 in Ely House, 8 Ely Place, Dublin 2.

I hope you can attend either in-person or on-line using Zoom. Please note there is no charge.

Practical Backyard AstroScience for the Amateur Astronomer


by Mike Foylan

Hybrid meeting on Monday, 28th November 2022 (at 20:00 Irish Summer Time).

Please note the different venue.
In person Venue: Insight Research Centre, O'Brien Centre For Science, UCD Belfield, Dublin 4.

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

All welcome, free event.

Amateur astronomer Mike Foylan will demonstrate how the amateur astronomer can setup ones own backyard meteor recording station in order to perform valuable scientific work and how to become part of an ever growing enthusiastic Irish and UK Meteor network with like minded individuals. Once called 'Vermin of the Skies', Mike will reveal how asteroids can be observed and analysed to extract useful scientific data to reveal insights into these enigmatic little worlds using typical equipment found in many amateur astronomers' backyards.

85th IAS AGM

Was held (online) on 30 May 2022. A new Committee was elected. The membership fee was left unchanged.

Orbit July 2022


Our quarterly magazine Orbit July 2022 is published.

It has articles on Astronomical Topics, Sky-Notes and a comprehensive Observer Reports, including images.

Please see more details

Please note that paid-up IAS members are mailed a free copy and are entitled to a PDF version.

Sky-High 2022

skyhigh 2022

Our yearly almanac Sky-High 2022 is available. It is now in its 30th year.

Sky-High has articles on upcoming events regarding Planets, Asteroids, Comets, Meteors, Eclipses and Variable Stars. It has a detailed Diary tailored for Irish Observers. It includes a handy table of sunset and twilight times as well as Moon phases. It also features a number of guest articles.

Please see more details, that includes information in obtaining a copy.

Please note that paid-up IAS members will be mailed a free copy. Sky-High 2021 has been added to the free Archive.

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.