Astronomy Outreach Pages at the Centre for Astronomy

We are committed to the public understanding of science in general and of astronomy in particular. Members of the centre regularly give public talks and lectures and participate in many science outreach activities. In Spring 2016 we are continuing our programme of Open Evenings at the Imbusch Observatory. In 2016 we are also continuing our programme of public lectures. Each talk, given by a member of the CfA, will discuss a particular area of astronomy normally linked to their research interests. They will be suitable for everyone and in particular to 2nd level students. 

Open Evenings at the Imbusch Observatory

An informative hour-long lecture will be followed by a 3D tour of the Universe, and then hands-on viewing of the sky by night, weather permitting.NUI Galway's Centre of Astronomy will continue its programme of free open evenings at its Imbusch Observatory in Dangan. The Observatory provides state-of-the-art observing facilities for NUI Galway's Astrophysics students and the Open evenings are an opportunity for the general public to come in and visit. Open evenings begin in Room 220 in Physics at 7pm, Arts-Science building NUIG and go on to about 9pm.

Older (>10) children are welcome. Bookings are limited to two tickets per person and is strictly by ticket only, on a first come first served basis. All bookings are by email and those interested should send requests to

The (free) astronomical programs mentioned at the open evening are:

Available Public Talks

This is a list of public talks that can be delivered by members of the centre. Please contact the speaker directly if you would like to invite them to give a talk.

Talk Titles Speaker Intended Audience
Star Formation and Star Destruction Dr. Matt Redman Suitable for all
Extrasolar Planets Dr. Matt Redman Undergraduate or amature society
The Size of the Universe Prof. Mike Redfern Undergraduate or amature society
Black Holes: The Irish Connection Prof. Mike Redfern Undergraduate or amature society
Big Telescopes and Small Telescopes Prof. Mike Redfern Undergraduate or amature society
How the Hubble Space Telescopes has Changed out View of the Universe Prof. Andy Shearer Suitable for all
Pulsars Prof. Andy Shearer Suitable for all

Evening Courses

An introduction to astronomy evning course is offered by NUIG. Taught by researchers in the field this is a great course for those how have not had a chance to study astronomy before and wish to learn the basics of how the universe works. Delived in eight two hour lectures the course deals with the history of astronomy as well as our current onderstanding of palnets, stars and galaxies.

Addational details such as how to apply, the next start date and fees can be found here.