Fri 16 Nov – Blackrock Castle open night

The open night will be hosting workshops, a Gravity Well to show how space is warped by large objects, demonstrations on Stellarium (a free software that helps you to explore the night sky) and observing in the courtyard with telescopes brought by Club members. (weather dependent!)

Schedule of events:

19:00 – 20:00 – Prof Robert Walsh: A talk in the area of solar science and our relationship with the Sun
20:15 – 22:00 – Cork Skeptics host Kevin MitchellDestiny and Chance – How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are
19:00 – 22:00 – Stargazing with Cork Astronomy Club*

Workshops and other activities will run throughout the night from 19:00

 

 

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

Lecture Schedule 2018-2019

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 2018no 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.