Winter Solstice 2018 at Drombeg Stone Circle

The weather on Friday 21st December looked unpromising for a visit to Drombeg stone circle–but perseverance was rewarded when about 25 members and their friends briefly witnessed–or almost witnessed–the solstice sunset there. Just about 4 in the afternoon, twenty minutes or so before official sunset, the sun briefly broke through the clouds fractionally to the left of a notch in the hills which really made the day. Club member Michael O’Keeffe gave a tour of the site, telling its history, the excavation of the site which took place in the 1950’s, and the relevance of the winter and summer solstice.

UCC Seminar

Club Members Attended a Seminar at University College Cork

Joint Congress of University Astronomy Societies 2018 was held in February at UCC by astronomy societies of UCC, NUIG and UL. The conference offered an all-day schedule of lectures spanning many different areas of Astrophysics. Chris Lintott, Oxford professor and Sky at night presenter gave an interesting talk about the successes of the project Galaxy Zoo emphasizing the importance of citizens involvement in science projects. Paul Callanan gave a talk on European Southern Observatory which Ireland will soon become a member of.
Other topics were: jet outflows of active galaxies, ejection of matter from black holes, and star formation and destruction.
Photo: Astronomy Club members photographed with Prof. Chris Lintott

oint Congress of University Astronomy Societies 2018 was held in UCC last Saturday by astronomy societies of UCC, NUIG and UL. The conference offered an all-day schedule of lectures spanning many different areas of Astrophysics. Chris Lintott, Oxford professor and Sky at night presenter gave an interesting talk about the successes of the project Galaxy Zoo emphasizing the importance of citizens involvment in science projects. Paul Callanan gave a talk on European Southern Observatory which Ireland will soon become a member of. Other topics were: jet outflows of active galaxies, ejection of matter from black holes, and star formation and destruction. Photo: Astronomy Club members photographed with Prof. Chris Lintott

Solar Eclipse 20 March 2015

Cork Astronomy Club took part ina public event organised by Blackrock Castle Observatory to view the Solar Eclipse from Cork on 20th March 2015

Declan Foley preparing his SCT prior to the eclipse
Club members equipment displayed ready for action at the foot of Blackrock Castle. Note the lens protection for safe solar viewing
Tony’s demonstration of the science behind the eclipse

 

 

 

 

Blackrock Castle – venue for many Club and Blackrock Castle Observatory events