Galway Astronomy Festival, Ireland 2010

Galway Astronomy Festival, Ireland 2010

Postby galwayastronomy » Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:03 pm

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[/i][/b][i]Galway Astronomy Club ( Invite visitors from the UK to our annual Astronomy Festival to take place at the 4* Westwood House Hotel, Galway City from Friday February 12th to Saturday February 13th 2010. The weekend now in its seventh year is very popular amomg Irish astronomers and is highly informal, and the emphasis is as much on meeting old friends as it is on hearing the many talks with observing timed to co inside with the new Moon.[/i]


Friday Feb 12th 7.30pm, two talks (free admission)

Philip Walsh: “The Drake Equation”

Proffessor Paul Mohr: “Cassini, Meridani nodding Ecliptic”

Will be an extensive account of astronomical work based on meridian instruments constructed in five European cathedrals, Santa Maria Novella and the Duomo in Florence, San Petronio in Bologna, Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome, and Saint Sulplice in Paris. Measurements of the resulting solar images were useful to Cassini in enabling him to distinguish between the Ptolemaic and Keplerian systems - in favour of the latter! An additional bonus was the detection and accurate quantification of secular decline in the obliquity of the ecliptic

Observing afterwards at our Dark sky site 12 miles north of Hotel, Brigits Garden Park see [url=][/url]

Saturday February 13th

Dr Aaron Golden NUI Galway: “Has Earth Contaminated the Solar System? – the Case for Life on Mars”

Brian Harvey: “The Asian Space Race”

Alastair Mc Kinstry NUI Galway: "Extra Solar Planets: Climates and Atmospheres"

Dr Deidre Coffey DIAS: “Investigating Protostellar Jets with the Hubble Space Telescope after Service Mission 4”

Dr Vitaly Neustroev NUI Galway: "Amateur Astronomers and Cataclysmic Variables"

Dr Neal Trappe NUI Maynooth: "ALMA: Exploring the Cool Universe" Title TBC

Proffessor Alan Smith, Director of Mullard Space Science Lab, University College London UK : “Space Science: The Next 20 Years”

After Dinner talk presented by Terry Moseley IAA: "Adventures with Heavenly Bodies"

Observing again at Brigits Garden aswell as usual visit to NUI Galway Observatory

As with previous years we have had exhibitions from the ESO and FETTU and we hope to have a new exhibition next year

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