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'The Sky by Eye - How to Rediscover the Soul of Astronomy'

By John Flannery IAS, May 13th Trinity College Dublin


Arthur C. Clarke once described the Universe as a device contrived for the perpetual astonishment of astronomers. Anyone can discover that sense of wonder. You just have to look up.

It's a common belief you need some form of optical equipment to witness those astonishing sights but that is not the case. "The Sky by Eye" is a talk that encourages people to observe the Universe with the unaided eye.

The talk will explore how the eye works in the context of visual observing, and examine the wide range of phenomena that can be seen.

The goal is to open your eyes to understanding and appreciating the rhythms of the sky, as well as build a foundation to enhance your enjoyment of astronomy.

Inspiration for the talk draws on the work of others including Joe Orman, Fred Schaaf, and Chet Raymo who all touch the soul of why we are naturalists of the night.


Photo: Qi Qi Kennedy, DCU


John Flannery is a long-time amateur astronomer who hails from Nenagh but has lived in Dublin for the last 30 years.

He is especially interested in atmospheric phenomena (yes, including clouds!), the history of astronomy, and binocular observing.

John also writes the annual sky notes for Whitaker's Almanac, teaches night classes in The People's College, and publishes a sky calendar each year that is geared to Irish astronomy scene.

By day he is a finance software developer.





After the lecture there will be a social reception in The Lombard Inn and we encourage all of you to come along for a chat.

All are welcome to attend and free food will be kindly provided by The Lombard.

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A prize draw will be held after the lecture.

Booking Information

Date Monday 13th May
Time 8:00p.m.

Physics Bldg, Physics Department , Fitzgerald Building, Trinity College Dublin.
There is an entrance on Lincoln Place (not far from the Merrion Square end of TCD). If you get the DART or bus to Pearse St, or drive. Use the Science Gallery entrance on Pearse Street (near the corner with Westland Row) There are maps here:  Here

Parking: Mark Street , Marks Lane , Lombard St. East .

Free Parking on the above streets after 7pm
Click HERE for a building map of Trinity College campus
Click HERE for Map of area

Admission €10 (€5 Astronomy Ireland members and concessions)
Tickets where possible should be booked in advance. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night, please come along 15 minutes early to accommodate.

Book online below

Call 086 06 46 555 to book tickets over the phone using Debit/ Credit Card
Send a cheque, Postal Order, or Draft, made payable to Astronomy Ireland, to: P.O. BOX 2888, Dublin 5.


This lecture is also available to people nationwide (32 counties) on DVD.
To order a copy of the DVD simply:
Order by credit or debit card online below, OR
call 086 06 46 555
Alternatively post a Cheque, postal order, or Draft to: Astronomy Ireland, P.O. Box 2888, Dublin 5.
Price: DVD's cost €10 each incl P&P (€5 Astronomy Ireland members)

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Acknowledgment: Astronomy Ireland would like to thank the TCD Astrophysics Research Group for hosting Astronomy Ireland public lectures in Trinity College Dublin.









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