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The Lunar Eclipse of Friday 27th July was a washout in Cork. Never mind. Such is the lot of amateur astronomers in Ireland. Three events coming up between now and September. The Perseids meteor shower will peak at the weekend of 11th and 12th August. Our Club monthly public meetings start again on 10th September. And there’s an astronomy adult evening class starting on 26th September at Ballincollig Community School.

The Perseids

This is the next big thing is the astronomy calendar. The Perseids meteor shower peaks on the weekend of 11th and 12th August. If watching from home, look fairly low to the NE after midnight, under the big W of Cassiopeia. That’s the location of Perseus, the radiant from where the meteors appear to emanate. You’ll need recliners or deck chairs, and unless the night is balmy, warm clothing or blankets.

The Club will hold a Perseids watch on Saturday 11th, but this will be a private event notified to members through the newsletter.

Mars: not this good again till 2035

From September, Cork Astronomy Club holds monthly lectures at UCC. The season opens on Monday 10 Sept – Frances McCarthy of Blackrock Castle Observatory will present a lecture on the theme: “Mars: not this good again till 2035”. 8 pm in UCC’s Civil Engineering Building. Our lectures are free and open to all. See our Getting there page for directions. Come and check us out, and if you like what you see, maybe you’ll decide to join us.

Evening class in astronomy, starts 26 Sept

An adult education class in astronomy is offered at Ballincollig Community School this autumn. To be tutored by Club member Tom Bonner. Will be suitable for anyone who already has a basic grounding in astronomy, and also for beginners. Ten Mondays starting 26th September, Cost €110. Called “Basic Astronomy Plus”, it will include a flavour of current activities in professional astronomy and cosmology. More information and how to apply.

Download an application form here:-

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Weather in Cork

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 our lectures, free, monthly, and all welcome. The lecture list is here.

For members only, we have much more, including a new members morning, regular Saturday morning member workshops, observing sessions, outings and get togethers. The 2019 outing is yet to be decided, may be the Vatican Observatory. For workshops, click Here. As a member you will also receive the monthly newsletter with photos, Club news, events on the ground and in the heavens, and links to topical articles on astronomy topics.

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.

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Cork Astronomy Club is part of the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies