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Supermoon

Supermoon

The next full moon will be the largest in about 20years but it can be hard to tell the difference without a point of reference. Try to catch it near the horizon and don't listen to any nonsense about it creating floods or volcano's.

Download the Astronomy Sky Guide 2010 for Free!

Download the Astronomy Sky Guide 2010 for Free!

Free is good but quality is better....so when something is both free and of high quality you should take note! For example, take a look at this free 40 page downloadable pdf file which  contains just about everything you need to know if you have any interest in observing the night sky in 2010. This guide was recently brought to my attention, and [...]

Fireball reported over Ireland – but the video is fake…

Fireball reported over Ireland – but the video is fake…

Editor comment: After posting this article, including the video the following comment was posted on the Nightsky.ie facebook page. It would seem clear that the video at least is not the real deal as it has been on YouTube for over a year now with thecatchy title of "The Real ALIEN DEATH STAR over Iraq UFO or Meteor spiraling towards [...]

Blackrock Castle Observatory – Enjoy a Cosmic Christmas at the Castle

Blackrock Castle Observatory – Enjoy a Cosmic Christmas at the Castle

OK this is pure advertisement for some friends! But since its for the cause of Education and Astronomy in Ireland I've no apologies.... Should be fun, head along if you can. Look here for a recent review of the BCO.

Galway Astronomy Festival 2010

Keep you calenders free for the Galway Astronomy Festival 2010 which will be held this February 12th to 13th at the Westwood House Hotel on the outskirts of Galway City. This is the seventh annual event and it is very popular amomg Irish astronomers. The atmosphere is highly informal, and the emphasis is as much on meeting old friends as it is on [...]

A visit to the Blackrock Castle Observatory Cork, Ireland

A visit to the Blackrock Castle Observatory Cork, Ireland

It was with considerable excitement that I boarded a train in Dublin on my way to the Blackrock Castle Observatory (BCO) in Cork to meet with Dr Niall Smith head of research in Cork Institute of Technology. The meeting had been arranged by Kevin Nolan, a mutual friend, with the purpose of sharing research ideas and having an informal chat about [...]