“New Strategies in the Search for E.T.” – Dr Seth Shostak – Mon 7 Dec 2020, 8pm

Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute Seth Shostak will join us by Zoom from California to discuss the failure so far to detect extra-terrestrial intelligence by searching the sky for artificial radio signals, and new initiatives being developed or under consideration.   Seth spends much energy on outreach activities, publishing numerous popular articles on science, giving talks to lay audiences, and hosting the SETI Institute’s weekly science radio show, “Big Picture Science.”  

Dr Seth Shostak

This lecture will be held via Zoom, and is open to all. There will also be a sky report on what’s worth viewing in the sky during the coming month, plus club announcements.

The Zoom link will be posted here nearer the date. Start time 8 pm, and we aim to finish at 9.15. There will be an opportunity to stay and chat for a few minutes after the end of the formal meeting if you want to.

Not familiar with Zoom? If you contact us in good time, we may be able to help. Email us or ring Peter on 089-2004553

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Jocelyn Bell Burnell – “Pulsars, magnetars and fast radio bursts” – Mon 26 Oct 2020, 8pm

Cork Astronomy Club in honoured to welcome Jocelyn Bell Burnell who will give a talk by Zoom on “Pulsars, magnetars and fast radio bursts”. 

An inspiring speaker, it’s a topic she is uniquely qualified to address, since in 1967 as a postgraduate student Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered the first radio pulsars, amongst the most significant scientific achievements of the 20th century.  She is visiting Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford, and past president of the Institute of Physics and of the Royal Astronomical Society. 

The 26th October is a public holiday, but the committee felt that an exception should be made for an exceptional speaker. 

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

This lecture will be held via Zoom, and is open to all. To join the Zoom meeting click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86442149554 . Start time 8 pm, and we aim to finish at 9.15. There will be an opportunity to stay and chat for a few minutes after the end of the formal meeting if you want to.

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“Galileo to Laudato Si’: Why Astronomy Needs Faith” – Mon 9 Nov 2020, 8pm

Vatican astronomer Bro Guy Consolmagno will join us by Zoom from Tucson, Arizona to talk on the harmonious relationship between science and religion.  Bro Guy is Director of the Vatican  Observatory – Specola Vaticana.

Abstract:         Logic and reason must always start with assumptions, and the assumptions behind science are, at their root, religious assumptions. Our core beliefs not only determine how we expect the universe to work; they also and just as importantly supply the motivation for the science we do, and indeed they determine why we as individuals choose to look at the stars. The nature of how we understand this relationship, however, has changed radically from the time of Galileo, when science was still being invented; and that change continues to this day, as can be seen in the way Pope Francis has blended science and faith in his recent encyclical Laudato Si

Bro Guy Consolmagno, Director of Vatican Observatory

This lecture will be held via Zoom, and is open to all. There will also be a sky report on what’s worth viewing in the sky during the coming month, plus club announcements.

The Zoom link will be posted here nearer the date. Start time 8 pm, and we aim to finish at 9.15. There will be an opportunity to stay and chat for a few minutes after the end of the formal meeting if you want to.

Not familiar with Zoom? If you contact us in good time, we may be able to help. Email us or ring Peter on 089-2004553

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“Mars, a Cosmic Stepping Stone” – Mon 12 Oct 2020, 8pm

To coincide with the Mars opposition Kevin Nolan gave a talk on past, present and near-term future Mars exploration. What have we learnt, what can we hope to learn? Looked at the present and continuing unmanned program for Mars which commenced in 1996 with Pathfinder and will continue into the future at least until a sample return mission in 2031 – and surely beyond. Kevin’s passion for the subject and the ease with which he presented so much technical information drew widespread praise from the 90 people in this Zoom call.

Kevin is the author of Mars, A Cosmic Stepping Stone: Uncovering Humanity’s Cosmic Context (2009), a volunteer for The Planetary Society in Ireland, and lectures in Physics at the Technical University Dublin.

Kevin Nolan, author of “Mars a Cosmic Stepping Stone”

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