Events - Talks and Workshops.

  Date Time Event Venue
Thursday 16th
May 2019
8pm An Introduction to Cosmology

- Derek Dempsey

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Cosmology is the branch of astronomy that involves the origin and evolution of the universe, from the Big Bang to today, and on into the future. It is the scientific study of the large scale properties of the universe as a whole.

Cosmologists tackle some of the largest questions in science: How did our universe come into being, and when? What is it made of? And can we make any predictions about its future?

Playing an integral role in all of this are exotic concepts like the accelerating expansion of the universe, dark matter and dark energy...

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Hotel Newport
Tuesday 9th
July 2019
8pm Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859)

- David von Seggern.

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Alexander von Humboldt was an eminent scientist of the late 1700s to middle 1800s. Arguably the most famous man in the world when he died, he is largely forgotten today for several reasons, none of which lessen his scientific prowess.

But his legacy lives on in many place names in Nevada (for instance, Humboldt River) and around the US. His name is incorporated into over 100 animal species and over 300 plant species.

Primarily a biologist, he is known for his landmark expedition to Central and South America in 1799-1804 whereby the number of known plant species was doubled. This expedition rivaled the Lewis and Clark expedition in scope and impact, nearly at the same time. Humboldt met with then president Thomas Jefferson in 1804. Humboldt went on to leave his mark on climatology, meteorology, oceanography, geography, mineralogy, petrology, and geomagnetism, as well as the life sciences. Often called the father of ecology, Humboldt preceded the coining of the term. He was an inspiration to Charles Darwin in coming to the theory of evolution and was influential in the thinking and writing of Henry David Thoreau and John Muir.

Humboldt saw the world, both animate and inanimate, as totally connected and wrote often about this. He ended his career by publishing a 5-volume work called Kosmos in which he attempted to encapsulate all known scientific findings. He was a tireless promoter of science and basically began science networking and international cooperation in science. Perhaps the last of the science generalists, the breadth of his work overshadows any perceived lack of depth.

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Hotel Newport
Saturday 20th
July 2019
  Moon Landing - 50th Anniversary

W Cinema,
Friday 20th
September 2019
  Culture Night

4th - 10th
October 2019
  Space Week 2019

November 1st - 3rd   Mayo Dark Sky Festival 2018

Click here to visit the festival website.
and Ballycroy

The next observing session will be scheduled soon, depending on the weather (and the midges!).

Anyone out there with a telescope still in its box or gathering dust in the attic ?

Get in touch - we can organize a workshop around getting you set up; you'll be enjoying the night sky through your own telescope in no time !