Welcome to Cork Astronomy Club

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The next opportunity to join us will be our monthly public meeting next Monday, 12th November, see below.

Annual subscriptions are Adult €30, Family €35, Concession €20

Three events coming up in November

  1. Monday 12th – 1919 eclipse lecture and monthly Club meeting
  2. Friday 16th – open night at Blackrock Castle
  3. Saturday 17th – workshop on buying a telescope. 

Mon 12 Nov The 1919 solar eclipse – a big date in science

The centenary of the 1919 solar eclipse is approaching – an important date in the history of science, as you will hear if you attend our public lecture on 12th November.  Prof Paul Callanan of UCC will describe how the 1919 eclipse proved that Einstein’s theory of relativity was true – or did it? From the start the result was controversial.  Hear the fascinating history of this expedition and the connection to a renowned Irish telescope maker.

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.

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Fri 16 NovBlackrock Castle open night

Meet Cork Astronomy Club members at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory for an Open Night during Science Week 2018.  Workshops, a Gravity Well to show how space is warped by large objects, demonstrations on Stellarium (a free software that helps you to explore the night sky) and observing in the courtyard with telescopes brought by Club members. Full details 

Sat 17 Nov – Buying a telescope

Thinking of asking for or giving a telescope for Christmas?  Cork Astronomy Club has a word of advice to offer: don’t!  Or at least, not until you have attended our “What telescope” workshop on Saturday November 17th.

What type of telescope? Dobsonian, Newtonian, go-to? Or would binoculars be better for you? How much to spend?  Is there such a thing as a beginner’s scope?  Where do I buy it? … So many questions … and one place to get the answers …  Tony Jackson’s “What telescope” workshop on November 17th, at Tory Top Library, 2:30 pm.  Our Club is no connection whatever to any business and you will receive impartial advice from an expert amateur astronomer.  Not a Club member?  You can still come, and it’s free, but need to book, please email info@corkastronomyclub.com.

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. See lecture list.

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 will be to the Vatican Observatory. Our workshop programme will appear here soon.  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