“Galileo to Laudato Si’: Why Astronomy Needs Faith” – Mon 9 Nov 2020, 8pm

Vatican astronomer Bro Guy Consolmagno will give a talk on the harmonious relationship between science and religion.  Bro Guy is Director of the Vatican  Observatory – Specola Vaticana.

Abstract:         Logic and reason must always start with assumptions, and the assumptions behind science are, at their root, religious assumptions. Our core beliefs not only determine how we expect the universe to work; they also and just as importantly supply the motivation for the science we do, and indeed they determine why we as individuals choose to look at the stars. The nature of how we understand this relationship, however, has changed radically from the time of Galileo, when science was still being invented; and that change continues to this day, as can be seen in the way Pope Francis has blended science and faith in his recent encyclical Laudato Si

Bro Guy Consolmagno, Director of Vatican Observatory

This lecture will be held via Zoom, and is open to all. There will also be a sky report on what’s worth viewing in the sky during the coming month, plus club announcements.

The Zoom link will be posted here nearer the date. Start time 8 pm, and we aim to finish at 9.15. There will be an opportunity to stay and chat for a few minutes after the end of the formal meeting if you want to.

Not familiar with Zoom? If you contact us in good time, we may be able to help. Email us or ring Peter on 089-2004553

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“Mars, a Cosmic Stepping Stone” – Mon 12 Oct 2020, 8pm

To coincide with the Mars opposition Kevin Nolan will give a talk on past, present and near-term future Mars exploration. What have we learnt, what can we hope to learn? Will there be a human mission to Mars? When? Why?

Kevin is the author of Mars, A Cosmic Stepping Stone: Uncovering Humanity’s Cosmic Context (2009), and a volunteer for The Planetary Society in Ireland.

Kevin Nolan, author of “Mars a Cosmic Stepping Stone”

This lecture will be held via Zoom, and is open to all. There will also be a sky report on what’s worth viewing in the sky during the coming month, plus club announcements.

The Zoom link will be posted here nearer the date. Start time 8 pm, and we aim to finish at 9.15. There will be an opportunity to stay and chat for a few minutes after the end of the formal meeting if you want to.

Not familiar with Zoom? If you contact us in good time, we may be able to help. Email us or ring Peter on 089-2004553

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“Observing and photographing the Moon” – Mon 14 Sep 2020, 8pm

To open our new season of public online lectures, Frances McCarthy and Danielle Wilcox of Blackrock Castle Observatory’s outreach team will talk about observing and photographing the night sky’s largest and most changeable object, the Moon.

Frances McCarthy (left) and Danielle Wilcox (right) of Blackrock Castle Observatory’s outreach team

This lecture will be held via Zoom, and is open to all. There will also be a sky report on what’s worth viewing in the sky during the coming month, plus club announcements.

Zoom link click here. Start time 8 pm, and we aim to finish at 9.15. There will be an opportunity to stay and chat for a few minutes after the end of the formal meeting if you want to.

Not familiar with Zoom? If you contact us in good time, we may be able to help. Email us or ring Peter on 089-2004553

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