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2009 has been designated International Year of Astronomy by the United Nations

 

Astronomy Ireland tries to make all of its events a national affair as the majority of our members live outside Dublin - something we cherish.

So all lectures in Dublin are made available on DVD for everyone in Ireland (you can "BOOK TICKETS" or "ORDER DVD" if you can't get to Dublin). 

Similarly the 'Watches' we are famous for running are held in several events around Ireland - if you have a telescope and want to set it up in your area in association with one of our Watches please email sec@astronomy.ie.

Check back on this page regularly for updates.

 

January 2009
Jan 8-10 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition
Venue: RDS Dublin 
Jan 12 New Year Lecture  
Title: "Touchdown on Titan"

by Professor John Zarnecki of the Open University.

 On 14th January 2005, ESAís Huygens probe landed on the surface of Titan, Saturnís largest moon.  This lecture tells the story including plans for an ambitious return.  Details and booking

Jan 28 Our ever Popular Evening Classes start Nationwide
Venues: Trinity College Dublin, Athlone IT, Cork, Letterkenny, Limerick, Tralee, Belfast and lots more venues TBA

Starting in the above venues on Wednesday 28 January and continuing every Wednesday for 8 weeks from 7:30 to 9:30 each night. Book early as previous classes have been oversubscribed.

 

Jan 30 Public Watches Nationwide
 
Astronomy Ireland is organising public Watches nationwide with powerful telescopes on the occasion of the Moon passing close to the brilliant planet Venus just as Venus is at its very best in evening skies. All welcome.
 
 
 
February 2009
Feb 09 Public Lecture  

STOP PRESS: Gerry Ryan Show 2FM will interview our speaker on the morning of his talk!

"Cosmic Casualty: Farce and Fortuity in the Exploration of Space"
By Doug Ellison of unmannedspaceflight.com
Details and booking HERE

 
Feb 27 Public Watches Nationwide
 
Astronomy Ireland is organising public Watches nationwide with powerful telescopes on the occasion of the Moon passing close to the brilliant planet Venus just as Venus is at its very best in evening skies. All welcome.
 
 
 
March 2009
 Mar 16 Public Lecture  
"European Space Science and Exploration : where are we now?
 By Professor David Southwood, Director of ESA. HERE
 
 
April 2009
Apr 20 Public Lecture 
"From the Moon to Matroshka" by Professor Denis O'Sullivan , School of Cosmic Physics, Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies.  

Professor O'Sullivan is currently involved in Matroshka - an experiment concerning human absorbtion of radiation aboard the ISS  HERE

 
 
May 2009
May 11 Public Lecture 

"Shamrock and Space"

by NASA Scientist Anthony Heijenga

Information and Booking  HERE

   
 
 
June 2009
Jun 3 Saturn Watches Nationwide
Astronomy Ireland are organising Saturn Watches nationwide.

More information HERE

 
 
Jun 8 Public Lecture
"Asteroids - recent discoveries"  

By David Grennan and Dave McDonald.

Information and Booking HERE

 
Jun 15 Public Lecture Dublin
"Hanny's Voorwerp"  

By Hanny Van Arkel

Information and Booking of Dublin lecture HERE

 
Jun 17 Public Lecture Donegal
"Hanny's Voorwerp"  

By Hanny Van Arkel

Information and Booking of Donegal lecture HERE

 
 
July 2009
Jul 13 Public Lecture  
 

"Dark matter and the smallest galaxies, elementary particle physics to the Universe"

By Professor Gerry Gilmore of Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University, UK. 

Information and Booking HERE

 
 
Jul 13-17 Dublin Lyric Players
 

"The Life of Galileo"

Dublin Lyric Players in association with Astronomy Ireland

Information and Booking HERE

 
 
Jul 23 Public Lecture  
 

"'Moonshot' Public Lecture and Book Signing"

To commemorate the 40th lunar landing anniversary, former BBC journalist Dan Parry will come to Dublin to speak about this compelling story which is one of the defining moments in human history and launch his new book 'Moonshot'.

Information and Booking HERE

 
 
August 2009
Aug 10 Public Lecture  
"Mad about Meteorites"

By Matthew Parkes, of the National Museum of Ireland.

Information and booking HERE

 
 
22 Aug  Star-B-Q
 

Star-B-Q - Ireland's biggest annual star party - an event not to be missed - fun food and astronomy.  Details and Booking HERE

            

 
 
September 2009
Sept 14  Public Lecture 
"Searching for exoplanets: modern methods and future prospects"
By Dr. Chris Watson, Astrophysics Research Centre, Queen's University Belfast. HERE
 
Sept 17- 19  9th Europeann Syposium for the protection of the Night Skies 
 

This event takes place in Armagh. The Symposium will deal with the issue of light pollution, its effects on the environment, health, and astronomy and examine how bad lighting is contributing to global climate change. www.LightPollution2009.eu
 
Sept 25 Nationwide Jupiter Watch 
 

Jupiter Watches will take place all over the country from 9pm. More information HERE.
 
 
October 2009
Oct 8 Public Lecture  Dundalk
 

"The View From Saturn: Images From The Cassini 
Spacecraft"

By Professor Carl Murray of Queen Mary University of London.

Information and booking HERE

Oct 8 Popular Evening Classes
Venues: Athlone, Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, Letterkenny, Limerick, Sligo, Tralee, Waterford and lots more venues TBA

Starting on Thursday Oct 8th and continuing every Thursday for 8 weeks from 7:30 to 9:30 each night. The classes go from strength to strength.

 

Oct 9 Public Lecture  Trinity College Dublin
 

"The View From Saturn: Images From The Cassini 
Spacecraft"

By Professor Carl Murray of Queen Mary University of London.

Information and booking HERE

 

 
 
November 2009
Nov 7 Trip to see Armagh Planetarium and Obsrvatory
 

Armagh Planetarium and Observatory

Information and booking HERE

 

Nov 9 Public Lecture  
 

"The Big Bang"

By Dr. Cormac O'Raifeartaigh, Physics Department, Waterford Institute of Technology.

Information and booking HERE

 

Nov 14 - 15 Astro-Expo 2009
The biggest Astronomy and Space exhibition on this island.   Definitely not to be missed!!!!! HERE
   
 
 
December 2009
Dec 14 Christmas Lecture  
"The European Southern Observatory"

by Professor Tim de Zeeuw, Director General of the European Southern Observatory, Garching, Germany.

Information and booking HERE

 
 

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