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Star-B-Q 2019

A Barbecue Under the Stars
for Everyone in Ireland North & South

***Online booking is now Ended. For tickets call 086 0646555***

Saturday 24th August 2019 - Gates open at 5pm and event starts at 6pm

*Strictly no dogs allowed*

***Online booking is now Ended. For tickets call 086 0646555***

Listen to David Moore describe Star-B-Q on radio this week

No knowledge of science or astronomy is required to attend the event.
It is ideal for beginners, family, budding astronomers, everyone!

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Please Note: We do not post out tickets.
Please bring along your confirmation with you as your E-Ticket


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'Star-B-Q' is Ireland's biggest annual TELESCOPE FESTIVAL for the general public (and Astronomy Ireland's biggest annual fundraiser.)

LARGE TELESCOPES: You will get to see the WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE from the dark skies of Roundwood in Co. Wicklow, Ireland's highest village, with some of the most powerful telescopes in Ireland!
(This is an event unique to Ireland, visitors from abroad are welcome too!)

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BARBECUE: A professionally catered barbecue will be served up earlier on in the evening. You can enjoy some fantastic barbecued food (vegetarian option available - let us know by saying so in the comments box when you book) with side salads and soft drinks.

GREAT TALKS: There are also TALKS (aimed at the public, no knowledge of science needed).

LOTS TO SEE IN THE HALL: display, trade stands, advice, magazine.

LOTS TO SEE IN VERY DARK SKIES: learn the constellations when pointed out with Ireland's most powerful hand-held laser (40km beam!), binocular classes (also with the laser.)

Gates open at 5pm, and the event starts at 6pm.




Take a look at this photo from a dark sky site like Roundwood which is hopefully what you will see in the telescope when one year we had a comet on view! here


3 Amazing Talks on the night

Apollo Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Theme


"Project Apollo: To The Moon and Back, Half a Century Ago"

By Paul Evans, Apollo Expert who lived through the historic era, and as a professional engineer has studied the mission for 50 years.
We're celebrating Neil Armstrong telling he was Irish in a 2003 Interview we did with him.
This is our major celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the first [Irish]man on the Moon, don't miss it!
Paul writes: In 1961 President John F Kennedy was looking for a project which the Americans could use to regain the initiative in the Space Race having fallen behind the Soviet Union. His chosen goal was to commit the nation "to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a Man on the Moon and returning him safely to The Earth".  This is the story, beginning at the end of the Second World War, of how they got there. I'll include amazing video of Armstrong commenting a few years ago over footage of his historic flight down to the Moon's surface! We are so lucky he left us this legacy.

"Tips for Naked Eye Astronomy" 

By John Flannery (Whittaker's Almanac) is an expert in the human eye and all the amazing tricks you can use at night to improve you vision 100-fold! And what you can then do with this. Astronomers know these ticks, now it's the general public's chance to lern them.
John is the author of the sky notes for Whittaker's Almanac, the popular annual UK reference book of what to see in the sky and more, now in its 151st year!


"The Universe"

by David Moore, a mini-version of his one-man stage-show "UNIVERSE" that sold out theatres across Ireland last year. David Moore is Ireland's best known astronomer regularly broadcasting on TV and radio. He also edits our monthly magazine "Astronomy Ireland". He also writes the Sky Diary pages - the best guid to what to see in Irish skies - make sure you pick up a copy every month!

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Photo: Star-B-Qers gather to watch a 'rocket launch' that opened Star-B-Q last year.

"Clear Sky Guarantee"

Even if it is not clear on the night the event will go ahead with talks, barbecue, displays, stands, and telescopes on display indoors. However, we will also set up the giant telescope on the following Friday or Saturday nights (when a clear sky is forecast). This way we can GUARANTEE you a view of the wonders of the universe! So keep the following weekend(s) free to be certain of a view of the universe that very few people in the world will ever get.
There is no way we are going to let the Irish weather deny you a view of the wonders of the universe and we have always given Star-B-Qers the views we promised every year since 1992, so YOU WILL see the Wonders of the Universe - WE GUARANTEE IT!

Some of the sights you will see at the Star-B-Q include:


What You Will See

  • Galaxies
    These distant cities of stars have fascinated astronomers since they were first discovered, and can contain trillions of stars.
  • Clusters
    Giant groups of young stars and old stars, and some with millions of stars.
  • Dying stars
    The glowing embers of giant dead stars dotted throughout the galaxy.
  • Planets
    See Saturn (amazing rings!), Jupiter (Great Red Spot AND moons!), Uranus and Neptune this year!
    Maybe even a comet if Comet Africano brightens as expected!

    Star-B-Q: "The Movie"
    A film by Anthony Murphy 2008
    A great little fast-paced movie. Highly recommended (only 4 minutes)


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    Please Note: We do not post out tickets. Your name will be on our list at the gate when you check-in. Tickets from 29euro/39euro (child/adult) include all food, talks, telescope use and non-alcoholic drinks (Tickets at the gate on the night are strictly 50euro each, so please avail of big savings when you book in advance).


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    On the night:

    • Professionally catered food by a leading caterer (vegetarian option available - let us know by saying so in the comments box when you book)
    • Powerful Telescopes in an amazingly dark sky deep in the Wicklow mountains easily accessible by road
    • See the Wonders of the Universe
    • Three Amazing Talks (30-40minutes each)
    • Live Rocket Launch to start the event!
    • Trade stands (telescopes, Binoculars, posters, caendars, etc), Art Exhibition, books, magazines, and more to see in the main hall
    • Night sky guide with Ireland's most powerful hand-held laser (40km beam!)
    • Binocular masterclass: bring yours, and we'll show you the secrets of the sky with a special laser show!
    • Learn the constellations
    • Advice Stand - questions answered, bring your telescope & we'll show you how to use it!
    • Clear Sky Guarantee!
    • Door prizes
    • Family Friendly - ALL WELCOME from the 32 counties and abroad
    • Ireland's Biggest Annual Star Party!!!
    • - copy & paste this to all your friends as it's only possible to mount such a huge event once a year!
    • Give them the simple link:
    • www.astronomy.ie/sbq

    Book your tickets now!

    Tickets are only:

    • Adult tickets: €39
    • Child tickets: €29 for under-16s
    • Family rates are: full price ticket for two adults and first child (€39+€39+€29), €20 per child thereafter ( call (086) 06 46 555)

    Note that ticket prices at the gate on the night are €50 per person, so be sure to book your ticket in advance.

    Alternatively, call (086) 06 46 555 with your credit card details

    Gates open at 5pm and the event begins at 6pm. Please Note: We do not post out tickets. Please bring along your confirmation with you on the night as your E-Ticket.


    Weather and Clear Skies
    Star-B-Q 2019 goes ahead regardless of weather on Saturday 24th August. If the sky is overcast on the night, a separate, telescope-only event will be organized for the following weekend, where you will still get to see the wonders of the universe!

    The night is packed full of events to ensure that everyone has a great time, and we even have a number of backup talks and presentations planned in case the weather stops us seeing the sky.

    Public Transport and Accommodation:
    The Star-B-Q will take place at coordinates: N: 53.060, W: 6.230 (the green arrow below).

    How to Get There
    The GAA grounds are located just a couple of hundred metres outside Roundwood village on the R755. You can view a map of Roundwood below, with a guide on how to get to the GAA grounds.

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    Taxis can be used to get you to or from the Star-B-Q. Alternatively St. Kevin's Bus service goes from opposite the Mansion House on Dawson St. to Roundwood. Fares and times are listed on their website.

    There are a number of B&Bs in the area, and we recommend Roundwood Caravan and Camping Park for your overnight stay with tents, motorhomes, and caravans. Phone or email them at (01) 281 8163 or info@dublinwicklowcamping.com

    All enquiries about bookings to office@astronomy.ie

    Star-B-Q 2020 is already being planned for Saturday September 12th, 2020. Jupiter and Saturn will be very close in the sky that night as if to herald the fact that Astronomy Ireland is officially 30 years old just a few weeks before that date! Here's a starmap showing the sky just as it gets dark (end of nautical twilight) at 9:04pm 12-September-2020 HERE