From September to May (but not December) we meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 8pm in UCC Civil Engineering building. This building is near the College Road entrance to the campus. See Getting there.
The centre piece of each meeting is a lecture by a club member or invited guest. Also a briefing on what to look for in the sky that month and club announcements. The formal part of the meeting finishes at 9:40 pm, and you can slip away then if you need to; or join us for tea and biscuits and a chat.
Here are the forthcoming season’s lectures up to November. Further speakers and topics will be announced.
Mon 9th Sept 2019 “ET Where Are You?”─ Terry Moseley, Ireland’s foremost amateur astronomer
Mon 14th Oct 2019 “The Active Sun: Solar Eruptions and their Impact on Earth” ─ Dr Sophie Murray, space weather scientist at Trinity College Dublin
Mon 11th Nov 2019 “Space law: Weapons, property rights and mining in Space” ─ Laura Keogh, space lawyer
December 2019 – no lecture
Mon 13th Jan 2020
Mon 10th Feb 2020
Mon 9th Mar 2020
Mon 6th April 2020 (first Monday)
Mon 11th May 2020
Mon 10th Sept 2018 “Mars: not this good again till 2035” – Frances McCarthy, Education and Outreach Officer, Blackrock Castle Observatory
Mon 8th Oct 2018 “Exoplanets – the past, present and future”, Dr Chris Watson, head of the exoplanet group, Queens University Belfast.
Mon 12th Nov 2018 “The 1919 solar eclipse – a centenary worth observing” – Prof Paul Callanan, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, UCC.
December 2018 – no lecture
Mon 14th Jan 2019 “Watch out! There’s space debris about” – Dr Niall Smith, Head of Research CIT / Head of Blackrock Castle Observatory
Mon 11th Feb 2019 “The Character of the Universe – It’s Written in the Stars” – Tom Bonner, a leading member of our Club
Mon 11th Mar 2019 “How we got to the moon and back” – Brian MacGabhann, About the Apollo 11 mission. Galway Astronomy Club
Mon 8th April 2019 “Dark Matters – viewing the dark in a new light” – Georgia MacMillan, light pollution campaigner and one of the organisers of Mayo Dark Sky Festival
Mon 13th May 2019 CIT’s Dr Niall Smith and Club member Eddie Lyons will debate the rights and wrongs of terraforming Mars and sending life to other planets.