Hear from fantastic speaker Con McCarthy who was project manager for ESA’s Mars Express Lander and systems engineer for Huygens and Venus Express
Welcome to the Cork Astronomy Club
The year is flying by (although given we are in astronomy you would think I would know its a fairly recognised constant at this stage). Exciting news with the work going ahead to reinvigorate the Crawford Telescopes in UCC, first pictures taken recently in 139 years, Prof. Paul Callanan UCC and the club are collaborating on that. There is a club trip to Bere Island from May 26-28, the club trip to the USA is getting closer on the horizon, off to see the Solar Eclipse and even sooner is the International Space University in Cork at CIT from 26 June to 25 August. The Saturday Morning Series workshops at Tory Top Library for club members continue so keep an eye out for those. There are monthly observing sessions in Ballincollig and a radio astronomy group, contact the club for details. Our free monthly lectures in UCC continue and if you become a member you can avail of free lectures (also available to non members so please do stop by), workshops and use of club telescope along with use of the clubs astronomy book collection at Cork City Library.
For a small city, Cork is representing well in the space world, Tyndall Institute is a European Space Agency (ESA) Solutions Centre and there is a huge radio telescope in Midleton at the National Space Centre.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
A member of the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies
The club holds monthly lecture meetings from September to May which are open to the general public. To see the full list of lectures, click here.