10th January 2013
Viewing night (club
Club held an observing session
in the grounds of Mary I college, the main target of the night was the planet
Jupiter. We cought the planet with a shadow transit, later on in the night a
second moon appeared from behind the planet, making it a great event.
7th February 2013
The club held its annual AGM,
where a new committee was elected and a run down of the clubs finances were
discussed. Also, the up and coming asteroid flyby (2012DA14) along with the 3
brightest comets of this year were demonstrated in starrynight.
Several club members brought along their scopes where they were shown how
to set them up and use them.
3rd March 2013
Stand at the Limerick Radio Club
The club had a stand at
the Limerick Radio Club Rally at the Radisson hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick.
The event was pitched as a general Radio, Electronics and Hobbies Exhibition.
for more details.
13th March 2013
Comet PanStarrs C/2011 L4,
The club held a public observing
session near tescos on the ennis road in Limerick. This location set us up well
with its flat horizon for viewing of the comet after sunset. We setup at 6.30pm
and by 7.10pm it was dark enough to see the comet through the clubs 25x100
binoculars. Once it had been found, it was easily visible through the telescopes
present, everyone got to see it despite it been too faint to be visible with the
naked eye. Despite the comet been fainter then expected, its coma like nucleus
was obvious as was its tail with optical aid. We also an excellent view of a
very thin crescent Moon where earthshine was clearly visible. We finished up ay
8pm when the comet set on the western horizon.
5th-6th April 2013
Club Observing Session in the
The club ran an observing session in the Burren carpark
site on Friday the 5th and it ran into the early hours of Saturday morning.
Numerous galaxies, planets and even comet panstarrs was seen. For a full report
have a look at the clubs bulliten boards here.
image by Frank Ryan
16th - 20th April 2013
Global Astronomy Month (GAM) 2013
ran a series of observing nights at O'Callaghans strand in Limerick from Tuesday
16th to Saturday the 20th of April from 8.30 onwards..
This was a global event with clubs and societies from all over the world
participating. We in SAC were happy to be doing our bit for it.
Tuesday night was mostly
clear and good views of the crescent Moon and Jupiter were got.
Friday night was also
clear and we also cought Saturn rising over the eastern cityscape.
On both nights we had
many members of the public at it, most getting their first glimpses of
the Moon and 2 planets.
We had the clubs telescopes and binoculars there, this was a free
For more details of GAM worlwide, click HERE
All images courtesy of Frank
6th June 2013
Club talk by Martin
Topinka ( University College Dublin )
Martin gave a riviting talk
about the GLORIA project and how it attempts to catch the visual remnants of
GRBs, Many thanks to Martin for coming down from Dublin to give the club members
the latest and greatest news on this project.
4th-5th October 2013
2013 Burren Starparty
The club ran its
annual starparty in the Burren over a weekend in October. The location was at
the usual place, the Poulnabrone dolman carpark.
We managed to capture a few hours of clear skies where the milkyway was
super as were the many deepsky delights there were there to be seen.
Looking forward to next
12th October 2013
IOM (internation Observe the
The club a public observing
session at O'Callaghans strand in Limerick in support of IOM 2013. Passers by were
treated to a great view of the Moon using the clubs 10 and 12 inch
23th October 2013
Simon Kenny (club treasurer) on
Simon did a great interview on
Clare FM where he outlined the clubs activites and what's visible in the sky
7th November 2013
Out of town speaker, Ronan
Newman (Galway Astronomy Club)
Ronan gave an excellent talk
showing what Aurora (Northern Lights) can be captured in Ireland, it went down
very well and we look forward to seeing Ronan at Shannonside again in the
22nd November 2013
Club Observing Session
The club ran an observing
session at the Burren. We had a fabulously clear sky all night, super views were
had by everyone through the members and club scopes that were there. Many
deepsky objects including the Orion nebula and galaxies were seen and we saw the
crescent Moon rise into the early morning hours.