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Paths of Sun & Moon July 06 2022

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Welcome to TheMoon.ie, a one stop shop for all things lunar. As the human race is planning a return to the Moon, now is a great time to familiarise yourself with our nearest neighbour. As part of a nation wide Science Foundation Ireland drive to bring science to the public, this outreach website is packed with information and entertaining activities all based on our Moon and all for you, for free – Enjoy and I wish you clear skies.


Establishment of A Lunar Observatory Group

I was delighted to be invited by the Irish Astronomical Society to coordinate the establishment of the Lunar Observation Group (LOG). As part of our program of activities we are launching ‘Moonlight’, the newsletter of LOG. You can download your free copy here and I hope to hear from you. The IAS is always looking for new members and it is great to have access to their expertise and equipment. If you would like to develop your interest in astronomy please do contact the IAS or any local Astronomy club. – I wish you clear skies.


Lunar Newsletter ‘Moonlight’ – July 2022

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Lunar Events in July 2022

This Month’s Lunar Name

Your Sky Diary for July 2022

Daylight hours during April -(Click to enlarge) – Note Days are now slowly getting shorter

Lunar Phases July 2022

OM – Dark Sky & Observatory

Last week I traveled north to the OM Dark Sky and Observatory facility in the middle of the Tyrone countryside (Map Ref.). The facility opened last Summer and is an absolute joy to visit. All credit to the local community and council for building such a great centre. This region is only one of three internationally recognised ‘Dark Sky’ areas and I can’t wait to return in the winter to view the heavens through its Meade 15″ SCT. Alwyn and all the staff were very knowledgable, helpful and friendly. There is an excellent exhibition area and it is the perfect way to introduce all the family to the joys of astronomy. For good measure they have boarded walks around the observatory which includes the very ancient sky observation spot, the ‘Beaghmore Stone Circles‘. This is also a brilliant science outreach resource for schools. So why not visit this very beautiful and now, very informative part of the world. (Click image to enlarge)

Cover Story!

Delighted and honoured that my images of the recent partial lunar eclipse feature on the cover of the Irish Astronomical Society’s quarterly journal!

The Earth vs The Moon

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Explaining The Spring Equinox

Hubble Looks back 13 Billion Years!


Sat. March 5th ’22: The IAS held it’s first post-Covid ‘Sidewalk Astronomy’ event which attracted a group of passers by. To see some of the shots taken – click HERE

EIRSAT-1 is the Educational Irish Research Satellite 1. A team of students in University College Dublin and academic staff is designing, building and will operate Ireland’s first satellite. It is a 2U CubeSat being developed as part of the European Space Agency’s Fly Your Satellite programme. `The EIRSAT-1 project is carried out with the support of the Education Office of the European Space Agency, under the educational Fly your Satellite! Programme.

For more information go to the EIRSAT-1 site

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