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On March 20th 2015, there was an almost total solar eclipse. To mark this special event astronomers from the Centre for Astronomy, were on hand to explain everything about the eclipse and how to view it safely. This event was hosted by Explore's Student Astronomy Nights project and Centre for Astronomy, in association with NUI Galway Astronomy Society. Kindly supported by the NUI Galway Students’ Union EXPLORE Innovation Initiative.
Image of the eclipse taken by Prof. Brian Hughes, Dean of International Affairs.
Here are some wonderful photos taken by Sean Lynch of the sun as the eclipse was happening.
On March 20th 2015, there will be an almost total solar eclipse. To mark this special event astronomers from the Centre for Astronomy, will be on hand to explain everything about the eclipse and how to view it safely.
DATE: 20th March 2015
LOCATION: Quadrangle, NUI Galway
TIME: 9.15 am
Hosted by Explore's Student Astronomy Nights project and Centre for Astronomy, in association with NUI Galway Astronomy Society. Kindly supported by the NUI Galway Students’ Union EXPLORE Innovation Initiative.
For more information check out, Facebook Page www.facebook.com/studentastronomynights or email email@example.com
Images taken at the Imbusch Observatory last Wednesday as part of the Student Astronomy nights. In association with NUIG Astronomy Society and Explore - NUI Galway's staff/student innovation initiative.
Jupiter and the Galilean Moons
The NUIG Astronomy Society is teaming up with the Centre for Astronomy and the Students Union Explore Student/Staff Innovation Initiative to bring you NUIG Student Astronomy Nights! The first of these nights is scheduled for 7pm on Wed Feb 4th.
The astronomy night will start with a short introduction to astronomy talk in room 220 in the physics department, on the concourse. Followed by a 3D tour of the universe and a trip to the Imbusch Observatory for some observing!
There are just 15 places available, for information on how to book a place check out NUIG Student Astronomy Night's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/studentastronomynights or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Physics at NUI Galway and the Imbusch Observatory in Dangan are hosting a number of astronomy open nights (see below for dates). The open nights will start at 7pm, and there will be an informative hour-long lecture and 3D tour of the universe which will be followed by a hands-on viewing of the sky by night, weather permitting.
Wednesday 14th & 28th January, 11th & 25th February and 11th and 25th of March.
Admission is limited to two per person and is strictly by tickets only, on a first come first served basis. All bookings are by email and those interested should send requests to email@example.com
The Imbusch Astronomical Observatory was opened in 2004 and is used by students studying Physics and Astronomy at NUI Galway. The Observatory is equipped with a modern computer controlled 16" telescope and camera, and a radio telescope with a hydrogen line spectrometer, which is able to map out and measure the velocity of the sun and the Milky Way. There is also a 10" portable telescope - computer controlled - for visual observations of planets, star clusters, nebulae and other bright objects.
On Wednesday, 12 November the European Space Agency will land the Philae probe onto the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Philae has been travelling to the comet for over ten years. It is the first time that such a rendezvous and landing has been attempted.
To mark this astronomical occasion, NUI Galway will hold a special lecture organised by the University’s Astronomy Society and School of Physics. The lecture will be given by Professor Andy Shearer from the School of Physics and will include a live demonstration of what a comet is, as well as describing the importance of comets to us on the Earth.
Comets are the debris left behind when the solar system and the Earth form 4.6 billion years ago. Their study gives us clues as to what the conditions were like when life first developed approximately 4 billion years ago. Their dramatic appearance in the night sky with a fuzzy head and long tail have always inspired mankind. It is thought most of the water on the earth was brought here by comets in the early part of the Earth life - if it wasn’t for comets we wouldn’t be here today.
The European Space Agency (ESA) sent a space craft to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko which was discovered by two Russian astronomers in 1969. This journey took ten and it flew past the Earth and Mars once each - gaining speed each time. Since August the space craft, Rosetta, has been in close orbit around the comet looking for a place to land. ESA have decided that it is safe to land on the comet and will launch the probe, Philae, on 12 November. If the mission is a success the NUI Galway talk should include some of the first pictures from the surface of a comet.
During the lecture, Professor Shearer will make a comet from its normal raw ingredients of water, organic tar and gravel. As comets are in deep space they are very cold and to mimic the conditions, the comet mix will be cooled to -170 degrees celsius. In this way Professor Shearer can show how the cometary fuzzy head and tail form.
The lecture will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 12th November in IT 250, IT Builiding, NUI Galway.
For more information, or to register, please contact organiser Laura Boyle of NUI Galway’s Astronomy Society at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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