Welcome to the Cork Astronomy Club

Welcome to the new season!! Cork Astronomy Club free monthly lecture series returns!!

What a way to kick off the new season of Cork Astronomy Club. “Exo-planets, the possibilities of life” is the lecture that will open our season on Monday 11th September. The Club will welcome Tony O’ Hanlon, a prominent amateur astronomer and a former vice president of the Irish Astronomical Association. Tony will talk about exoplanet discovery giving examples, and the bio-chemical conditions needed for life, including those within our own solar system. He will touch briefly on SETI. All are welcome at our lectures, free admission.

Why not become a member? For an annual fee of only 30 (adult), 35 (family) or 20 (concession), you can come to monthly observing sessions in Ballincollig, join a radio astronomy group, attend our Saturday morning workshops (new programme soon) and join our annual spring outing. This year it was Bere Island, next year European Space Agency (ESA) in the Netherlands. Uniquely this month we are sending a party to see the total solar eclipse in Portland, Oregon, on 21st August.

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.

A member of the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies

Upcoming Lectures

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.


Exoplanets - Possibilities of Life by Tony O' Hanlon

Tony is a prominent amateur astronomer, a member and co-founder of Shannonside Astronomy Club, and a former V.P. of the Irish Astronomical Association. The lecture will cover exoplanet discovery, examples and the bio-chemical conditions needed for life, including those within our own SS along with a mention of SETI