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Astronomy Ireland Events 2015

Please see below for for a list of Astronomy Ireland Events Calendar for 2015
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
Please check for regular updates on this page.


January 2015

Jan 09 - 12
BT Young Scientist Exhibition

Venue: RDS Dublin

Jan 12
New Year Lecture


"A Surprising Comet"

By Dr. Pedro Lacerda of the Max Planck Institute.

January 28th
Public Moon Watch


Public Moon Watch

At Astronomy Ireland HQ in Blanchardstown



February 2015

February 4th
Our popular Evening Classes start nationwide

Venues: Trinity College Dublin. Other venues TBA

Book early as previous classes have been oversubscribed.
Feb 9
Public Lecture

"Exploring the Realm of the Giants"

By Dr. Leigh Fletcher, University of Oxford.

Feb 16

25th Anniversary Meeting

In Trinity College Dublin


March 2015

Mar 3
Jupiter Watch


Public Jupiter Watch

Come along and join in the fun!

Mar 9
Public Lecture


Russian Space Science

By Brian Harvey, Space Author.


April 2015

Apr 13
Public Lecture


"Dark Matter? Dark Energy? - What We Don't Know About the Universe"

by Professor Andy Shearer, NUIG


Apr 23
Public Watch


Moon and Jupiter Watch - Thursday April 23rd

Big Telescopes, The Moon, Jupiter!



May 2015

May 11
Public Lecture


"Einstein and the Big Bang"

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

May 27th
Public Telescope Watch


Telescope Watch

See the planets, the moon, clusters, nebulae and galaxies!!


June 2015

Jun 11
Ennis Co. Clare Lecture


"The Universe - From Blackholes to Lisdoonvarna in Space"

by David Moore, Chairman of Astronomy Ireland


Jun 15
Public Lecture


"Star Formation in the Milky Way and in the Early Universe"

by Dr Jorick S Vink, Armagh Observatory


Jun 20
Sun Watch


Public Sun Watch

at our Headquarters in Blanchardstown.


Jun 30
Venus and Jupiter Watch


The historic merger of Venus and Jupiter - June 30th

Come along and see this wonderful sight!!



July 2015

July 06
Public Lecture


Cosmic dust: The stuff of asteroids and comets

by Dr. Mathew Genge, Imperial College London.


ESO Petition


PETITION - Ireland must join ESO




August 2015

Aug 10
Public Lecture


"The Sun -  Our Star"

By Professor Mihalis Mathioudakis, Queen's University Belfast.


Aug 15th


August 15th 2015: Star-B-Q

Ireland's Biggest Annual Star Party!


September 2015

Sep 21
Public Lecture


"Rosetta the comet chaser - up close & personal"

By Laurence O'Rourke, Irishman at European Space Agency

September 28th
Eclipse Watch


Public Eclipse Watch

at our HQ in Blanchardstown


Sept 29th
Public Lecture

David Moore explores the Universe

Come and hear the amazing description of the Universe by Ireland's best known astronomer. Make sure and bring the whole family - this event is suitable for all ages.


October 2015

Oct 1st
Astronomy Classes


Trinity College Dublin


Oct 12
Public Lecture

Super Supernovas

Observing the transient sky with the new generation of optical telescopes

By Professor Stephen J Smartt of Queen's University Belfast



October 20th
Our popular Advanced Evening Classes start nationwide

Venues: Trinity College Dublin.

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

October 23rd
Public Moon Watch

Venue: Astronomy Ireland Headquarters, Blanchardstown.



November 2015

Nov 9
Public Lecture
Dr. Karen Masters


Mapping the Universe, The Sloan Digital Sky Survey

By Dr. Karen Masters, University of Portsmouth, UK



Nov 15
Public Lecture


Nov. 15th "The Universe!" Lecture by David Moore in Castlebar



Nov 19
Public Moon Watch


Special November Moon Watch




December 2015

Dec 7 - 17th
Public Watch


Geminid Meteor Shower

Peaks on the night of 13th/14th December

Dec 14
Christmas Lecture


"Exoplanets and the Search for ET"

By Dr. Duncan Forgan of University of St. Andrews.

Dec 19
Telescope Watch


Uranus and the Moon Watch

at AI Headquarters in Blanchardsown



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