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1) Apollo 11  50th Anniversary Moon Watch

AND

2) World's First Black Hole Watch(!)

Saturday May 11th at 9:00pm

at A.I. Headquarters

(in Blanchardstown, see map below)

 

 

UPDATE 1: Listen to David Moore on the radio this week talking about the First Black Hole Photo and the Telescope Watch for the Black Hole and the Moon:

www.astronomy.ie/audio

 

UPDATE 2: We'll be there regardless of weather to give a talk about the BLACK HOLE story and especially to answer ALL your questions about this historic story, and black holes & Einstein's Theory of Relativity in general. Oh, and a short Moon talk too!
Both talks are by Ireland's best known astronomer David Moore, an expert in these areas.

 

 

1) APOLLO 11 50th ANNIVERSARY MOON WATCH!

On May 11th we are setting up some of Ireland's most powerful telescopes to show you the Moon

This event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo Moon Landing

In such powerful telescopes you will not only see the craters on the Moon, but the mountains INSIDE the craters! The Moon has to be one of the most breath-taking views in a telescope. Why not bring all your family and friends as this is a unique chance to look at an incredible object in the kind of large telescopes you may never get to look through again? They'll all enjoy the views, and the talks, and the refreshments!

(Click to enlarge)

The Moon photographed at our Moon Watch in March 2019 by David Moore. A quick 'snap' with a Canon EOS 700D camera through an 8-inch telescope at f/6.3. We'll have an adapter you can clip to your smartphone to take your own Moon photo at the event!

 

2) WORLD'S FIRST BLACK HOLE WATCH!

On May 11th we are also going to show you the M87 galaxy that has the first ever photographed Black Hole at its centre!

We realised M87 would be on view and that we had some of Ireland's most powerful telescopes.

Even though M87 is a million billion times further away than the Moon we should be able to show it to you to celebrate this historic 'first black hole photo'.

Very few people in the world will ever see this 'live'.

THIS IS OUR FIRST EVER 'BLACK HOLE WATCH' so don't miss it!

 


Photo: Black Hole on the front cover of the latest (May 2019) issue of Astronomy Ireland magazine:
World's first ever photo of a black hole 500 billion billion km away in the galaxy Messier 87 in the constellation of Virgo. 200 of the world's top astronomers in 40 countries used 8 world-class telescopes to get this photo (read Irish scientists' comments in our magazine, click "join" in the menu at the left for the latest issue, only €5 including postage). The light that YOU will see 'live' in the telescopes will actually be 55 million years old!

 


Photo: M87 quickly photographed from Donegal by Noel Keating:
You can see the 'jet' projecting from the top right of the galaxy. This jet points back towards the black hole at the centre of the huge M87 galaxy which is 55 million light years from Earth.
This photo is on page 33 of our May 2019 magazine, better images will be in future issues of the magazine so do join Astronomy Ireland to keep in touch with Irish astronomy.

 

The biggest telescopes in ireland will be there

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Neil Armstrong told us he was Irish when we interviewed him in Dublin in 2003

The event will begin at 9:00pm at our Headquarters in Blanchardstown (just off the M50) For map and directions visit:

www.astronomy.ie/map

The event is suitable for all ages, and we encourage families, children and adults to come along.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will the event go ahead if it is raining?
YES! We plan our events in advance, therefore if it is raining the event will still go ahead. In the event of rain/cloud cover we will show you our telescopes and serve refreshments, PLUS Ireland's best known astronomer David Moore will give a talk and answer all your questions.

Is the event suitable for children?
We welcome children of all ages to our events. Please note that children MUST be supervised AT ALL TIMES to ensure safety around telescopes and tea/coffee areas.

Do we have to pay?
This is a free event, there is no entrance fee. A small donation is appreciated as we are a non-profit body run by volunteers - or buy a magazine on the night!

If you have questions that are not shown here please contact us at office@astronomy.ie

****SCOUT/SCHOOL GROUPS****
While we encourage scout and school groups to come along please call ahead in order to confirm if there are any prior groups arranged to come along. This makes it easier for our volunteers to enable all groups to view these amazing sights.

Click HERE to see a list of other exciting Astronomy Ireland Events coming soon.

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