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November 2019

Web Site Briefing and Training Session

04/11/2019 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, UCC
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Introduction to Astronomy

09/11/2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Tory Top Road Library, Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane
Cork, T12 WP57 Ireland
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Members only Tom Bonner Tom Bonner will present this introductory workshop designed for new members (or, maybe not so new members!) An overview of the past to the future, highlighting what astronomy has meant to humankind and where it could be talking us. We will travel to the extremes of both time and space. You can join at the door, email info@corkastronomyclub.com or ring Lynda 087-2321706

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Space Weather

11/11/2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Engineering Building UCC, Civil Engineering Building, University College, College Road
Cork, Ireland
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Solar scientist Sophie Murray will talk about how the Sun affects the Earth and could catastrophically impact on our satellites and electronics.

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Information Sub-Committee

25/11/2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Clayton Hotel, Lapp's Quay, Cork, T12 RD6E
Cork, T12 RD6E
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2018 xmas for Observers

Observers’ Group Toy Show

25/11/2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dan Sheahan’s Bar & Restaurant, Dan Sheahan's Bar & Restaurant, Ovens, Co. Cork Cork Ireland + Google Map

Members only. Christmas jumpers mandatory At Dan Sheahan's Bar

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The Eclyptic

30/11/2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Tory Top Road Library, Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane
Cork, T12 WP57 Ireland
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Members only By Tony Jackson Understanding the Ecliptic.  The Ecliptic is the imaginary orbit in the sky that marks the apparent annual path of the sun on the celestial sphere with the Earth as the reference frame. Understanding this momentum explains what and when we see the various objects in the night sky.     Workshop schedule page  

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December 2019

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Cork Astronomy Club Christmas Party

09/12/2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Ambassador Hotel, Military Hill, St. Lukes
Cork, T23 T292 Ireland
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Drinks reception with mulled wine from 7pm Food serving from 8pm

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January 2020

Rocketry

January 11 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tory Top Road Library, Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane
Cork, T12 WP57 Ireland
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Tony Jackson, Membership Secretary Members only. Tony Jackson will cover a brief history of rocketry and look at the different kinds of rockets currently in use.

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Back to the Future: Celestial Navigation for Ocean Positioning

January 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Engineering Building UCC, Civil Engineering Building, University College, College Road
Cork, Ireland
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For our January lecture, Master Mariner and nautical science lecturer Bill Kavanagh will explain how traditional methods were used to obtain a ship’s position by observing astronomical objects, and how such methods are being used again today in an era of global navigation satellite systems.  Bill is a committee member of Cork Astronomy Club. Captain Bill Kavanagh MA, FNI to give him his full title, lectures in the National Maritime College of Ireland at Ringskiddy. After a 20-year career at…

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Observers Group Meeting

January 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dan Sheahan’s Bar & Restaurant, Dan Sheahan's Bar & Restaurant, Ovens, Co. Cork Cork Ireland + Google Map

Members only. The Observers Group meets once per month with the intention of spending 2 -3 hours observing the skies with a range of optical instruments or just viewing the heavens with our own eyes.  Experienced members bring their telescopes and binoculars and willingly share the experience with newer members. The night starts with a half hour presentation (in the Dan's Bar) outlining what can be seen in the night sky followed by viewing in a farmer's field at the…

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Stellarium (1)

January 25 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tory Top Road Library, Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane
Cork, T12 WP57 Ireland
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Tony Jackson, Membership Secretary Stellarium is software that allows people to use their home computer as a virtual planetarium. It calculates the positions of the Sun and Moon, planets, stars qnd lots more and draws how the sky would look to an observer depending on their location and the time.  Tony Jackson, who is a member of the club's committee, is a past master at using this software and this is the first of two presentations he will be making…

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Executive Committee

January 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
To be advised, Location to be Advised + Google Map

Peter will email venue nearer the date

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February 2020

Sun enters Aquarius

February 2
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Launch of ESA’s Solar Orbiter Mission

February 6
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Gibbous Moon α & β Gemini in a straight line

February 7 @ 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Moon in sickle of Leo and near Regulus

February 9 @ 2:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Mercury greatest elongation east

February 10
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The mysteries of Black Holes, large and small

February 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Engineering Building UCC, Civil Engineering Building, University College, College Road
Cork, Ireland
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Prof Paul Callanan, UCC For our February lecture, UCC Professor of Physics and Astronomy Dr Paul Callanan will talk about those mysterious objects so fundamental to astronomy, black holes.   Please arrive 10 minutes early, or if you wish to join, then ideally at 7.40 if you can. Understanding the nature of black holes remains one of the great challenges of modern astronomy. More than 100 years ago, Einstein produced a remarkable theory which could be used predict the basic…

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Mars crosses into Sagitarius

February 12
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Galileo Day

February 15
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Stellarium (2)

February 15 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tory Top Road Library, Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane
Cork, T12 WP57 Ireland
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Tony Jackson, Membership Secretary Stellarium is software that allows people to use their home computer as a virtual planetarium. It calculates the positions of the Sun and Moon, planets, stars qnd lots more and draws how the sky would look to an observer depending on their location and the time.  Tony Jackson, who is a member of the club's committee, is a past master at using this software and this is the second of two presentations he will be making…

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Jupiter and Saturn 10° apart

February 16 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Moon 4° from Mars which is near M8and M20

February 18 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Moon is 6.5° from Jupiter

February 19 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Moon – second quarter and 3½° from Aldebaran

February 19 @ 12:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Lunar Crescent is only 26.7 hours old

February 24 @ 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Observers Group Meeting (members only)

February 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Frankfield Golf Club, Frankfield House, Airport Road, Frankfield, Douglas
Cork, County Cork Ireland
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Members only. The Observers Group meets once per month with the intention of spending 2 -3 hours observing the skies with a range of optical instruments or just viewing the heavens with our own eyes. Experienced members bring their telescopes and binoculars and willingly share the experience with newer members. The night starts with a half hour presentation (in the Club Bar) outlining what can be seen in the night sky followed by viewing in a farmer’s field; near Ovens…

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Mercury inferior conjunction

February 26
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Mars 10′ from NGC6642

February 27
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Venus 6° from Moon

February 27 @ 12:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Mars 0.3° from M22

February 29 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
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March 2020

AM Moon 3.5° from Aldebaran

March 2 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
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Mare Crisium appears a thin line due to libration

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Venus & Uranus in the same binocular field between March 5th & 10th

March 4
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In the morning – Saturn, Jupiter, & Mars in a line 16° long

March 5
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Moon close to M44

March 6 @ 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Venus and Uranus are 2¼° apart

March 7 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Neptune Solar Conjunction

March 8
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Moon upper left of Spica after both rise

March 11 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Image Processing – Cancelled due to Corona Virus Measures

March 14 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tory Top Road Library, Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane
Cork, T12 WP57 Ireland
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Please note these workshops are not open to the public and are confined to club members only. To ask about joining, email info@corkastronomyclub.com or ring Lynda 087-2321706

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Morning – Moon 6° above Antares

March 15 @ 2:30 am - 8:00 am
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AM: Mars, Jupiter, & Moon fit within 5° circle

March 18 @ 5:00 am - 8:00 am
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AM: Moon 4½° away from Saturn

March 19 @ 6:30 am - 8:30 am
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Venus at perihelion

March 20
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Spring equinox, 03h 50m

March 20 @ 3:30 am
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AM: Mars & Jupiter close

March 20 @ 4:30 am - 8:30 am
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Best weekend for Messier Marathon

March 21
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Pluto 0.01° from Mars

March 23
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Observers Group Meeting

March 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Frankfield Golf Club, Frankfield House, Airport Road, Frankfield, Douglas
Cork, County Cork Ireland
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Members only. The Observers Group meets once per month with the intention of spending 2 -3 hours observing the skies with a range of optical instruments or just viewing the heavens with our own eyes.  Experienced members bring their telescopes and binoculars and willingly share the experience with newer members. The night starts with a half hour presentation outlining what can be seen in the night sky followed by viewing in a farmer's field at the top of the hill…

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Mercury > elongation west (27° 47′) & Venus > elongation east (46°)

March 24
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PM: lunar crescent is only 33.8 hours old

March 25 @ 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Venus dichotomy (half phase seen in a scope)

March 27 @ 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Moon 7° from Venus with the Pleiades nearby

March 28 @ 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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AM: Mars & Saturn close

March 31 @ 5:30 am - 9:00 am
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Venus < 3° from M45

March 31 @ 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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April 2020

“Ireland’s Place in Space”

April 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Engineering Building UCC, Civil Engineering Building, University College, College Road
Cork, Ireland
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For our April lecture, ESA engineer Con McCarthy will describe the parts played by Irish companies ─ especially the local ones ─ in designing systems for and providing services to the European Space Agency View Post for more detail http://corkastronomyclub.com/“ireland’s-place-in-space”---mon-6-apr-2020,-8pm/(opens in a new tab)

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Celestial Navigation

April 18 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tory Top Road Library, Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane
Cork, T12 WP57 Ireland
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Observers Group Meeting – switched to online. see newsletter

April 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dan Sheahan’s Bar & Restaurant, Dan Sheahan's Bar & Restaurant, Ovens, Co. Cork Cork Ireland + Google Map

Members only.  This is the last meeting of the 2019/20 Season. The Observers Group meets once per month with the intention of spending 2 -3 hours observing the skies with a range of optical instruments or just viewing the heavens with our own eyes.  Experienced members bring their telescopes and binoculars and willingly share the experience with newer members. The night starts with a half hour presentation (in the Dan's Bar) outlining what can be seen in the night sky…

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Jodrell Bank Visit – Cancelled

April 24 - April 26
Jodrell Bank, Jodrell Bank, The University of Manchester
Macclesfield, SK11 9DL United Kingdom
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May 2020

Beltane

May 1
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Saturn Maximum Declination north

May 7
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Saturn’s ring narrow to 20.51° – min for 2020

May 8
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Jupiter Max Declination north

May 10
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Saturn Stationary begins to retrograde

May 11
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Moon near Jupiter & Saturn (am)

May 12 @ 5:30 am - 7:30 am
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Mercury 3.5° from Pleiades

May 12 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Moon is 7° from Saturn

May 13 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 am
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Jupiter Stationary – begins to retrograde

May 14
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Moon is 3.5° from Mars

May 15
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Conjunction of Jupiter & Saturn

May 18
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Mercury & Venus closest

May 21
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Executive Committee Meeting (on-line using Zoom)

May 21 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
On-Line 🖥, Ireland

This week a conference call online for committee members - by invitation only.

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Mercury 5° from moon with Venus nearby

May 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Annual General Meeting – Postponed

May 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
To be advised, Location to be Advised + Google Map

A new date will be notified when known

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PM Mercury 1.5° from M35

May 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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June 2020

Venus at inferior conjunction 0.2° N of Sun

June 3
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Mercury Superior Conjunction

June 4
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Mercury greatest elongation east 23.36°

June 4
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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (am)

June 5 @ 3:30 am - 6:00 am
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Late PM Moon 3.75° from Saturn, Jupiter also near

June 8
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Moon, Saturn and Jupiter make a right-angled triangle in SW

June 9
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Mars disk now 10″ wide

June 11
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Mars and Neptune now <2° apart (am)

June 12
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Moon 3.75° from Mars

June 13
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Summer Solstice 21h 44m

June 20
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Neptune Stationary begins to retrograde

June 23
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Jupiter and Pluto are < 1° apart

June 28
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Biggest 1st Qtr moon of 2020 32° 18′

June 28
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