Terry Moseley - Irish Astronomical Association, Belfast
Terry Moseley has been active in amateur astronomy for over 50 years, having concentrated his observing on Jupiter, Saturn, meteors and variable stars, with a variety of telescopes up to 37 cm aperture.
He is currently serving a record 10th year as President of the Irish Astronomical Association (IAA), and has held many other posts in that organization, of which he is currently also PR Officer. The IAA has honoured him with its two awards: the Fitzgerald Medal, and the Öpik Award. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
He served as Interregnum Director of Armagh Planetarium for four months in 1969, and was the founder and first president of the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies (IFAS). He has authored a book on astronomy and space exploration for schools, “Reaching for the Stars”, and has written many other articles for various astronomy publications. He also served on the editorial advisory board for the BBC’s Sky at Night Magazine, and appeared as the guest on a Sky at Night programme on observing Jupiter.
He has appeared as guest astronomer on many other TV and radio programmes on astronomy, and has given lectures on the subject to a wide variety of astronomical societies and other organizations. He recently served on the Committee for Astronomy and Space Research of the Royal Irish Academy, and the organising committee for IYA2009 in Ireland, and the European Conference on Light Pollution. He has acted as adviser on, and assisted with, various aspects of the restoration of the great 72-inch Reflector at Birr Castle. His current interests include total solar eclipses, light pollution, and archaeoastronomy.
He has led three major total eclipse expeditions, to Bulgaria, Turkey and China, and his latest successful observation of totality was in N. Queensland in Nov 2012. He was honoured by the International Astronomical Union by the naming of an asteroid in his honour “(16693) Moseley”.