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. The date is Mon 6th Apr 2020 at 8 pm, and the venue is UCC. Please arrive 10 minutes early, or if you wish to join, then ideally at 7.40 if you can.
Con worked as an ESA engineer for many years, his jobs there including –
project manager for Mars Express Lander, arrived Mars 2003
systems engineer for Huygens, landed on Titan January 2005, which is still the most distant landing of any man made object
systems engineer Venus Express, launched 2005
and he also contributed to
Spacelab, the first European crewed space vehicle, 22 missions up to 1998
Earth Resources Satellite 1, the first earth observation satellite to monitor the surface via radar instead of optics giving it an all weather capability
For our March lecture, prominent amateur astronomer Tony O’Hanlon will tell how observation of single star was to change how we saw the Universe, and relegated our Milky Way to just one of billions of objects. The date is Mon 9th March 2020 at 8 pm, and the venue is UCC. Please arrive 10 minutes early, or if you wish to join, then ideally at 7.40 if you can.
As recent as the early 1920’s, we believed the entire Universe consisted of what we called the Milky Way. Some astronomers of the day believed it was much larger, but how to prove it was a huge mathematical and observational problem and much debate ensued. Edwin Hubble, after whom the Hubble Space Telescope was named, then made a key discovery from his observations of a single star. It changed how we saw the Universe. Our understanding that our Milky Way is just one of billions of objects can be traced back to Hubble’s discovery. In this talk, Tony will tell its story.
Tony is a member and co-founder of Limerick Astronomy Club, and a former V.P. of the Irish Astronomical Association. His passions lie in deep sky objects and providing astronomy outreach.