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Astronomy Ireland Events 2012

Please see below for for a list of Astronomy Ireland Events Calendar for 2012
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
Check back on this page regularly for updates.


January 2012

Jan 09
New Year Lecture

Searching for Particles at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN

By Prof. Peter Watkins, Particle Physics Group, University of Birmingham.



Jan 12 - 15
BT Young Scientist Exhibition

Venue: RDS Dublin

February 2012

Feb 1
Nationwide Jupiter Watch


Nationwide Jupiter Watch at locations around Ireland.

Feb 8
Our popular Evening Classes start nationwide

Venues: Trinity College Dublin, Athlone IT, Cork, Letterkenny, Limerick, Tralee and lots more venues TBA

Book early as previous classes have been oversubscribed.
Feb 13
Public Lecture


'Did Life ever exist on Mars?'

By Kevin Nolan of the Planetary Society




March 2012

Mar 12
Public Lecture

"I-Lofar: seeing the Radio Universe from Ireland "

By Dr Peter Gallagher of Trinity College Astrophysics Dept.

Mar 29
Nationwide Mars Watch


Nationwide Mars Watch at locations around Ireland.


April 2012

Apr 11
Dublin Mars Watch


Special Mars Watch at Astronomy Ireland Shop.

Apr 16
Public Lecture

Telescopes for the 21st Century

by Professor Michael Merrifield, University of Nottingham



May 2012

May 14
Public Lecture


'The Science of Armageddon'

By Jay Tate of the Spaceguard Centre, UK.



June 2012

Jun 11
Public Lecture


"Upgrading Humans: A User Guide"

By Professor Kevin Warwick, Cybernetics, Reading University


July 2012

July 02
Public Lecture

'The Astronomy of Birr Castle and the Big Bang'

By Dr Cormac O'Raifeartaigh, Waterford IT



July 13
Public Lecture

'Current Developments at Cern'

By Professor Rolf Heuer, Director General Cern, Geneva


August 2012

Aug 13
Public Lecture

Ancient Astronomical Alignments

By Martin Byrne

September 2012

Sep 10
Public Lecture

'In Search of the Northern Lights'

By Dr. James Wild, Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science Group,
Department of Physics, Lancaster University.



Sep 15


Ireland's largest gathering of Astronomy enthusiasts come together to enjoy talks, workshops viewing and of course barbecued food.


October 2012

Oct 8
Public Lecture

'The God Particle Explained'

By Dr. Cormac O'Raifeartaigh
Waterford Institute of Technology



Oct 11
Our popular Evening Classes start nationwide


Venues: Trinity College Dublin, Athlone IT, Cork, Letterkenny, Limerick, Tralee and lots more venues TBA



November 2012

Nov 12
Public Lecture


'Gaia: Mapping the Milky Way'

By Dr. Nicholas Walton, Cambridge University.


Astro-Expo 2012

The biggest Astronomy and Space exhibition on this island. Rockets, meteorites, imaging displays, telescopes, Astronomy Degree courses and a full complement of lectures and activities. Definitely not to be missed!!!!!

December 2012

Dec 10
Christmas Lecture

Exploring Extrasolar Worlds: from gas giants to terrestrial habitable planets

By Dr Giovanna Tinetti, Dept of Physics and Astronomy

UCL London.


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