Sunday, 17 January 2010

Galway Astrofest, 12-13 Feb‏

Hi all,

Ronan Newman and the Galway Astronomy Club have put together an excellent programme of lectures and observing for the 2010 Galway Astrofest. They look forward to seeing many of you there.


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

Philip Walsh: “The Drake Equation”

Professor 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. 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, Brigit's Garden Park see

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

Professor 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 Brigit's Garden and tour of NUI Galway Observatory and facilities.

Contact: Ronan Newman

GAC Secretary & Co-ordinator Galway AstroFest 2010

Clear skies,

Terry Moseley

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