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Astronomy Ireland Events 2017

Please see below for for a list of Astronomy Ireland Events Calendar for 2017
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 2017

Jan 9
New Year Lecture

Space: a platform to inspire the next generation of

Engineers, Scientists and Innovators

by Dr. Norah Patten, International Space University Irish Astronaut Hopeful and faculty member of the International Space University Dr Norah Patten who will be bringing the annual conference to Ireland will be giving Astronomy Ireland's New Year Lecture


February 2017

February 1st
Public Watch

Mars and Venus Watch

Join us 7pm for a watch concentrating on Mars and Venus
February 10th
Public Watch

Lunar Eclipse Watch

Join us 11pm to see the Lunar Eclipse
February 8th
Our popular Evening Classes start nationwide

Venues: Trinity College Dublin. Other venues TBA

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


Sungrazing Comets - Falling Into Hell

by Professor Alan Fitzsimmons, Queens University Belfast

February 21st
Our popular Advanced Evening Classes

Venues: Trinity College Dublin. Other venues TBA

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


March 2017

Mar 6
Venus and Moon Watch


Venus and Moon Watch

At the AI Headquarters in Blanchardstown


Mar 13
Public Lecture


The puzzle of gamma-ray bursts

By Dr. Martin Topinka, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.


Mar 28,29,30th
Public Event


Stargazing Live

in conjuction with the BBC's event AI HQ

Mar 28th
South East Branch


Stargazing Live

in Kingsmeadow, Waterford


April 2017

Apr 10
Public Lecture


Communications with Extra-terrestrial Civilisations

By Dr. Eamonn Ansbro, M.Ast, M.Phil, PhD (ABD), FRAS



May 2017

May 2
Public Watch



Jupiter Watch

At Astronomy Ireland HQ

May 8
Public Lecture


“Interactions between exoplanets and their host stars”

By Dr Aline Vidotto, Astrophysics Trinity College Dublin

June 2017

Jun 12th
Public Lecture


"The dangers of landing on a comet....twice"

Laurence O'Rourke
Rosetta Downlink Science Operations Manager ESA


July 2017

July 10
Public Lecture


"Our Sun, Friend or Foe?"

By Terry Moseley of the IAS



August 2017

Aug 14th
Public Lecture


"There is nothing amateur about Science"

By David Grennan of Raheny Observatory


Aug 21
USA Eclipse Trip


Join us on the trip of a lifetime to the US

A tour with a fully bonded Travel Agent.



September 2017

Sep 11
Public Lecture

"Enbio- Surface Materials for EIRSAT1, Solar Orbiter and More"

By Lorcán Byrne


September 16
Star-B-Q 2017


Book early for next years Star-B-Q 2018

Ireland's Biggest Annual Star Party!

Book early at a reduced rate

September 26
Public Watch

Saturn and Moon Watch

in AI HQ in Blanchardstown



October 2016

Oct 3rd
Beginners Astronomy Classes


Our ever popular Beginners Evening Classes

Book early to avoid disapointment

Oct 16
Public Lecture (Postponed to 17th because of Hurricane)


The Thirty Metre Telescope

By Jimmy Johnson



Oct 17
Public Lecture


The Thirty Metre Telescope

By Jimmy Johnson




November 2017

Nov 1st
Public Watch

Moon Watch at AI Headquarters

November 1st 8pm


Nov 13th
Public Lecture

Advances in Archeoastronomy: Identifying a prehistoric sunrise calendar involving shadow casting at Drombeg and other recumbent stone circles.

by Terence Meaden of Oxford University


Nov 15th
Public Watch

Uranus and Neptune Watch

at AI HQ in Blanchardstown



December 2017

Dec 11
Christmas Lecture


“The Cassini Mission to Saturn: The End of an Era”

By Professor Carl Murray, University of London





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