Welcome to Cork Astronomy Club

Next up, a total lunar eclipse on 27th July. An eclipse watch will be held at Blackrock Castle in Cork. Details will appear here soon.

Mars is also exceptionally good to view right now – the red planet is approaching perihelic opposition, meaning when the planet is at its closest point to the Sun. It currently rises approx 1 am and if you look out from your window in a South Easterly direction it’s a splendid sight at 2 or 3 am.

Over the next month or so as Mars gets brighter and larger in our skies it promises to be a magnificent sight. It won’t be this impressive again until 2035!

Cork Astronomy Club’s new season launches on 10th September with a lecture at UCC. Blackrock Castle’s Frances McCarthy will talk to us about Mars and will explain the current opposition, which in September will still be topical. Usual time and place, 8pm in UCCs Civil Engineering Building. Visitors are always welcome at our monthly meetings. Come and check us out, and if you like what you see, maybe you’ll decide to join us.

Below are some links from Met Eireann on the weather for observing and also from NASA as to when the Space Station will be over Cork. You can watch the ISS live at any time by clicking here or for amazing live views of the Earth, click here.

The mainstay of the club are the fantastic lectures, free, once a month, and all welcome. The lecture list is here. As a member you will also receive the monthly newsletter created by our Chairman Peter Household, with smashing links to articles and fantastic pictures he spots from poring over astronomy topics.

Our carefully curated list of books at Cork City Library is available to members.

For members only, we have much more, including a new members morning at Tory Top Library in Ballyphehane which is the location for our regular Saturday morning member workshops, telescope workshops, observing sessions, outings and get togethers. Click Here.

For any queries contact Lynda at info@corkastronomyclub.com. Check out and like our page on Facebook and we’d appreciate a follow on Twitter, we’re well connected to lots of websites and information on astronomy, space and the cosmos so are able to pass on loads of interesting news.

Not a member? Sign up for our monthly bulletin here (sorry you’ll have to copy and paste the link): http://bit.ly/CorkAst

A member of the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies