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Astronomy Ireland Events 2016

Please see below for for a list of Astronomy Ireland Events Calendar for 2016
Astronomy Ireland tries to make all of its events a national affair as the majority of our members live outside Dublin - something we cherish. So all lectures in Dublin are made available on DVD for everyone in Ireland (you can "BOOK TICKETS" or "ORDER DVD" if you can't get to Dublin).
Similarly the 'Watches' we are famous for running are held in several events around Ireland - if you have a telescope and want to set it up in your area in association with one of our 'Watches' please email office@astronomy.ie.
Please check for regular updates on this page.


January 2016

Jan 5
Public Lecture

"International Space Station Operations and Tim Peake's Principia Mission"

by Andrea Boyd, ISS Flight Operations Engineer.

Jan 6-9
BT Young Scientist Exhibition

Venue: RDS Dublin  

January 15th
Christmas Telescope Workshop


Christmas Telescope Workshop and Uranus and Moon Watch

Astronomy Ireland Headquarters in Blanchardstown.



Jan 18
New Year Lecture

The Beauty and Science of Nebulae

by Dr. Carolin Crawford, University of Cambridge

Jan 22
Public Lecture Theatre Tour

"The Universe"

in the Hawkswell Sligo by David Moore, Chairman of Astronomy Ireland.

Jan 28
Public Watch

Orion, Comet Catalina, Uranus and the Pleiades

a great time for viewing the night skies at our HQ in Blanchardstown!!


February 2016

February 3rd
Our popular Evening Classes start nationwide

Venues: Trinity College Dublin. Other venues TBA

Book early as previous classes have been oversubscribed.

Feb 8th
Public Lecture

" The Bizarre Nature of Volcanism on Early-Forming Asteroids"

by Professor Lionel Wilson of Lancaster University

Feb 18th
Public Lecture Theatre Tour

" David Moores One Man Show - The Universe"

Glor - Ennis Co.Clare by David Moore, Chairman AI.

Feb 23rd
Public Watch

Moon near Jupiter as an alternative to election Watch

February 23rd at AI headquarters.

Feb 25th
Public Lecture Theatre Tour

" David Moores One Man Show - The Universe"

Riverbank, Newbridge Co. Kildare by David Moore, Chairman AI.


March 2016

Mar 14
Public Lecture


Exploring the low - frequency Universe with LOFAR

By Dr. Peter Gallagher, Physics and Astrophysics, TCD

Mar 21
Moon Watch


Moon Watch

at Astronomy Ireland headquarters.


April 2016

Apr 11
Public Lecture


"Venus Exploration: past, present and future "

By Dr Colin Wilson, University of Oxford.


Apr 18
Public Watch


Moon and Jupiter Watch

at AI Headquarters



May 2016

May 9
Public Watch


Transit of Mercury

May 16
Public Lecture



Kevin Nolan, Coordinator to Ireland for The Planetary Society


June 2016

Jun 13th
Public Lecture


"The Universe invisible to the naked eye"

by Dr. Masha Chernyakova, Russia and Geneva.
Jun 18th
National Mars Watch


National Mars Watch

June 18th at Astronomy Ireland Headquarters.


June 23
Public Lecture Theatre Tour

"The Universe"

in the Theatre Royal, Waterford by David Moore, Chairman of Astronomy Ireland.


July 2016

July 8
Public Watch


Juno, Jupiter and Mars Watch

at Astronomy Ireland Headquarters


July 11
Public Watch


"Neptune, Triton and the Outer Solar System"

Dr. Craig Agnor, Queen Mary University of London



August 2016

Aug 8th
Public Lecture


"The world in eleven dimensions"

by Professor Michael Duff, Theoretical Physics, Imperial College London


Aug 27th


August 27th 2016: Star-B-Q

Ireland's Biggest Annual Star Party!


September 2016

Sep 19
Public Lecture


"Blow up a Star & discover Dark Energy "

By Dr Cosimo Inserra, Queen's University Belfast.



September 29


'Farewell to Saturn and Mars Watch'

at AI Headquarters



October 2016

Oct 6th
Beginners Astronomy Classes


The ever popular evening classes begin

in Trinity College Dublin


Oct 10
Public Lecture


"The Cosmic Chemical Cauldron"

by Dr. Helen Fraser, Open University


October 26th
Our popular Advanced Evening Classes start nationwide

Venues: Trinity College Dublin. Other venues TBA

If you have already done the beginners course, this is for you!


November 2016

Astro-Expo 2016

The biggest Astronomy and Space exhibition on this island. Rockets, meteorites, imaging displays and telescopes. Venue and exhibitors to be announced. Contact office@astronomy.ie


Nov 14
Public Lecture


100 Years of General Relativity: from Black Holes to Gravitational Waves

By Dr. Cormac O'Raifeartaigh, Waterford Institute of Technology






Nov 16
Telescope Watch


Telescope Watch at AI Headquarters

See some of the most amazing night - sky objects.







December 2016

Dec 12
Christmas Lecture


Where next after Rosetta? Comets, asteroids, and some confused objects in between.

By Dr Colin Snodgrass Open University


December 13
Geminid and Supermoon Watch


'Geminid and Supermoon Watch'

at AI Headquarters



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