An excellent podcast exploring Rosetta's results to date can be found at http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/podcasts/astronomy/space-boffins/
Booking is now open ; see http://www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing/The-2015-McCrea-Lecture?utm_source=Members&utm_campaign=2f24a711d1-Members_Newsletter10_30_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_858a40b3c9-2f24a711d1-83885313
Friday 26th June, 7pm in the Larmor Lecture Theatre, Queen's University Belfast
Doors open at 6.30. free parking in the university main campus after 6.00, on a first come first served basis.
http://www.asteroidday.org/ Asteroid Day is a global awareness movement where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids and what we can do to protect our planet, our families, communities, and future generations. Asteroid Day will be held on the anniversary of the 1908 Siberian Tunguska event, the largest asteroid impact on Earth in recent history. See
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3123772/Rocker-Brian-stars-backing-project-scientists-warn-real-risk-humanity-small-asteroid-hits-Earth.html The second illustration makes the usual mistake - an asteroid does not 'trail flames and fire' while it is still out in space - that happens only when it enters the denser part of the Earth's atmosphere
10. Science Foundation Ireland: The latest SFI Open Call for funding proposals is looking for submissions on engaging the Irish public with science. The deadline is July 28th and you can read more about applying at http://www.sfi.ie/funding/funding-calls/open-calls/sfi-discover-programme-call-2015.html
11. July 13 - 15: UK Space Conference, Liverpool. The UK Space Conference 2015 will take place from 13-15 July, at the Arena and Convention Centre in Liverpool. Expected to attract more than 800 delegates, the biennial conference will have the theme of 'Space Enabled Futures'. Sessions will take place on a range of topics including space, society and culture; space and the surveillance society; opportunities for business; earth observation; spaceports and spaceplanes, and space and life and biomedical sciences. See http://www.ukspace2015.co.uk/
Cosmic Light EDU kit
A. The Cosmic Light EDU kit has been launched! The main goal for this project is to involve schools around the globe in awareness campaigns for light pollution and to discover the nature of light. The project has assembled an educational kit, with simple resources and activities to support teachers. There are many and varied networks involved in this project so participants can benefit from many opportunities for a rich cultural interchange. The project aims to target diverse social and cultural audiences, and there is a special component designed for children with visual impairment incorporated in the kit to promote inclusivity. The kit will have printable materials, several digital tools and resources and training efforts will be implemented in order to empower teachers to make full use of the kit The campaign will reach teachers and students in 100 countries around the world.
Take a closer look at all the resources featured in the Comic Light EDU kit here: http://nuclio.org/cosmiclightedukit/
B. Cosmic Light IYL2015: Dark Sky Meter app
The IAU Cosmic Light programme has just released the Dark Sky Meter (DSM) app for iPhones free of charge! All you have to do is point your phone at the night sky, and it measures the night sky brightness for you. Then, you can use the IYL DSM app to submit your measurement easily. All measurements will be entered into the Globe at Night database and be used by researchers.
The DSM IYL2015 app is already available for free on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/app/dsm-lite/id626796278?mt=8
18. Interesting Weblinks (now arranged by subject matter):
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