Astronomy: Our place in the Universe
Looking to the sky for the first time you may feel overwhelmed and confused by the spectacle of thousands of stars above your head. Astronomy is a great gateway science that can inspire you to do great things! Participants will gain enjoyment from exploring the wonders of the night sky. The topics covered include Greek mythology, Egyptian and Babylonian cosmology, Astrobiology, Quantum Physics, Terrestrial and Jovian planets and Solar System to help us understand our place in the cosmos. This is a great way for the community to come together and take a fresh look at our night sky.....it belongs to us all. No experience necessary and questions encouraged!
Tutor: Terry Moseley, Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Session 1: Tuesdays, 5 weeks; dates: 19th February 2013 – 19th March 2013
Location: Central Building.
Session 2: Tuesdays, 5 weeks. Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm. Dates: 9th April 2013 – 7th May 2013. Location: Central Building
There will also be a daytime visit to Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, provisionally on 17 May.
Full details and booking at: http://www.stran.ac.uk/informationabout/courses/professionaldevelopmentlifelonglearning/
7. GALILEO AT ARMAGH OBSERVATORY:THE LIFE OF GALILEO", by Bertolt Brecht, Performed in the Armagh Observatory.
The Greenwood Players and the Armagh Observatory are presenting in the Armagh Observatory from 22nd to 24th February 2013 the first performance on the island of Ireland of the play "The Life of Galileo" by Bertolt Brecht in a new version by David Hare.
The story of the Life of Galileo and its central drama of the conflict between science, religion and authority is one that resonates today. As remarked by Ian McDonald, author and Executive Producer with the Greenwood Players, "The Life of Galileo" is a story that needs retelling every generation, especially in a 21st century when we seem to be moving away from science to an authority and belief-based worldview.
There will be five performances of the play: two matinees at 2.00pm on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February, and three evening performances at 7.00pm on each of 22nd, 23rd and 24th February. Tickets, which are strictly limited, cost 12 pounds and are available from 14th January 2013 at http://galileoattheobservatory.eventbrite.co.uk/.
For more information, see: http://star.arm.ac.uk/press/2013/galileo/
8. PATRICK MOORE PROGRAMME:There is almost a complete evening on the late Sir Patrick on BBC4 this Sunday from 7pm. until 10pm. There are four past Sky at Night programmes, plus the tribute programme and finally an interview with Mark Lawson talking about his early life and career. (Per Peter Paice)