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  Date Time Event Venue
Thursday 12th
December 2019
8pm Standard Candles

- Derek Dempsey.

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The cosmic distance ladder is the set of methods used by astronomers to determine the distances to celestial objects.
Parallax methods are used to measure the distance to stars that are, in astronomical terms, closeby - that is, within some hundreds of light years of Earth.
Beyond this distance, most methods require a standard candle - a class of astrophysical object (for example, variable stars or supernovae) which have a known brightness. So, if an extremely distant object can be identified as a standard candle, it then becomes possible to calculate the actual distance to this object.

This talk will discuss the properties of some standard candles and show how they have been used to measure the distances to celestial objects, from (relatively) close galaxies all the way to objects that are at the edge of the observable Universe.

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Followed by -

Newport Astronomy Club Annual General Meeting
Hotel Newport
Thursday 16th
January 2020
8pm Back to Basics for 2020

- Derek Dempsey.

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A look at some basic concepts in astronomy.

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Hotel Newport
Tuesday 4th
February 2020
8pm Dark Matters

- Georgia MacMillan.

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Details to follow.

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Hotel Newport
Culture Night
Friday 18th
September 2020
8pm Edmund Halley (Astronomer Royal 1720)

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Hotel Newport
October 30th -
November 1st
  Mayo Dark Sky Festival 2020

Click here to visit the festival website.
Newport,
Mulranny
and Ballycroy


The next observing session will be scheduled soon, depending on the weather (and the midges!).


Anyone out there with a telescope still in its box or gathering dust in the attic ?

Get in touch - we can organize a workshop around getting you set up; you'll be enjoying the night sky through your own telescope in no time !