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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 autumn 2011 we are continuing our programme of Open Evenings at the Imbusch Observatory. In 2011 we are 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The (free) astronomical programs mentioned at the open evening are:
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.
List of Talks
|Talk Title||Speaker||Intended Audience|
|The downsizing of Pluto: did astronomers make the right decision?||Dr. Matt Redman||Suitable for all|
|The birth of star and planets||Dr. Matt Redman||undergraduate or amateur society|
|The Size of the Universe||Prof. Mike Redfern||undergraduate or amateur society|
|Black Holes: The Irish Connection||Prof. Mike Redfern||undergraduate or amateur society|
|Big Telescopes & Small Telescopes||Prof. Mike Redfern||undergraduate or amateur society|
|How the Hubble Space Telescopes has changed our view of the Universe||Dr Andy Shearer||Suitable for all|
|Pulsars||Dr Andy Shearer||Suitable for all|