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COSMOS 2014 April 4th to 6th

Coming to the 4 star Shamrock Lodge Hotel in Athlone, County Westmeath is Ireland's BIGGEST Star Party! From Friday April 4th to Sunday April 6th inclusive international guest speakers and visitors alike will decend on the luxurious surroundings for Ireland's longest running annual astronomical event.

Cosmos 2014 by Midlands Astronomy Club

Our Guest Speakers This Year:  

Declan Molloy

Declan Molloy
Midlands Astronomy Club
Friday Family Lecture 8:30pm
"Strange Universe"
Follows Registration from 7:30pm with School's Prize Ceremony.
Followed by Observing/Telescope Demonstrations

Jason Fallon

Opening Address by Jason Fallon,
Midlands Astronomy Club Chairperson
Saturday 10:15am
Follows Registration from 9:30am

John McKeown

John McKeon
Irish Astronomer & Astrophotographer
Saturday 10:30am
"Planetary Astrophotography - Tips and Tricks"

Xavier Pellicer

Dr. Xavier Pellicer
Quaternary Geologist at the Geological Survey of Ireland
Saturday 12:00pm
"Eskers in the Irish Midlands: Analogs for Ridge-like Features on Mars"

Lunch time Rocket Launches

Lunch Break with our
Air Powered Rocket Launches!
Design your own rocket using a 1.5lt to 2.5lt pop bottle! Add wings, a nose cone and any kind of decorations you want! Open to everyone.
Saturday 1:15pm

Mary Mulvihill

Mary Mulvihill
Science Author and Broadcaster, Ingenious Ireland
Saturday 2:45pm
"The Ingenious Irish: The Great Irish Ideas and Inventions that Changed the World"

Will Gater

Will Gater
UK Astronomer and Science Writer
Saturday 4:15pm
"Alien Worlds: The Extraordinary Inhabitants of the Milky Way"

 Cosmic Dinner & Table Quiz

Cosmic Dinner followed by our Annual Table Quiz
Limited places for the Dinner, Table Quiz is open to all attendees to COSMOS
Saturday 7:30pm - Dinner
Saturday 9:00pm - Table Quiz
Followed by our Telescopes Under the Stars

William Bean

William Bean
Irish Astronomer & Blogger
Sunday 10:00am
"Astronomy: Beyond the Backyard"
Follows Registration from 9:30am

Eamon O'Gorman

Dr. Eamon O'Gorman
Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin
Sunday 11:30am

"The Biggest and Baddest Stars at Radio Wavelengths"

Gearóid O'Brien

Gearóid O'Brien
Irish Writer
Sunday 2:00pm
"Midlands Astronomers of Note"

Michael O'Connell

Michael O'Connell
Midlands Astronomy Club
Sunday 3:30pm
"The Antikythera Mechanism"

  

About the Cosmos Star Party

The talks are interspersed with tea breaks and lunches, and throughout the weekend you can avail of:

• Displays & Exhibits from individuals and clubs

• Guided Astro Trek on the farm

• Astrophotography

• Astro Buy & Sell

• Spot prizes & raffles

• Cosmic Dinner

• Observing Sessions

• Good fun and relaxation

  

Cosmos 2014 posterEvent Poster

Copies of our official poster can be happily posted free of charge by sending a request to us.

Also keep up to date via our Facebook page.

 

Accommodation

It is highly recommended that you book your accommodation if travelling from afar as soon as possible. There are many B&B's in the town and surrounding areas - you can view the accommodation list here.

 

Air-powered Rocket Launches

This year, MAC member (and Engineer) Bob Campbell has constructed a pressurised air platform to act as a launch pad for up to 4 rockets! Building your rocket is easy: you just need an empty pop bottle (the 1.5 litre to 2.5 litre kind) and get creative! The bottle neck is the 'exhaust', so your rocket has to be built upside-down so to speak. This event will take place during the lunch break on Saturday afternoon from around 1:45pm and is open to all visitors to COSMOS, young and old.

 

Programme for Cosmos 2014

(Times are subject to slight variations)

Friday April 4th

19:30 - Registration Opens
20:00 - Awards Presentation to the pupils with the Westmeath Examiner
20:30 - Declan Molloy, Strange Universe

 

Saturday April 5th

9:30 - Registration Opens
10:15 - Opening Address by MAC Chairperson, Mr. Jason Fallon
10:30 - Mr. John McKeon, Planetary Astrophotography - Tips and Tricks
11:30 - Refreshments
12:00 - Dr. Xavier Pellicer, Eskers in the Irish Midlands: Analogs for Ridge-like Features on Mars
13:00 - Lunch, includes Solar Observing
Lunch is provided onsite at extra cost, please inquiry at the Registrations Desk with our Treasurer, Paul Fitzgerald
13:45pm - Air-powered Rocket Launches
14:45 - Ms. Mary Mulvihill, The Ingenious Irish: The Great Irish Ideas and Inventions that Changed the World
15:45 - Refreshments
16:15 - Mr. Will Gater, Alien Worlds: The Extraordinary Inhabitants of the Milky Way

17:30 - Break / IFAS Annual General Meeting, for IFAS Club Reps only.

19:30 - Cosmic Dinner, extra cost. Please inquiry at the Registrations Desk with our Treasurer, Paul Fitzgerald (limited places)
21:00 - Table Quiz over Tea/Coffee/Drinks
22:15 - Observing (weather permitting)

 

Sunday April 6th

9:30 - Registration Opens
10:00 - Mr. William Bean, Astronomy: Beyond the Backyard
11:00 - Refreshments
11:30 - Prof. Eamon O'Gorman, The Biggest and Baddest Stars at Radio Wavelengths

12:30 - Lunch, includes Solar Observing
Lunch is provided onsite at extra cost, please inquiry at the Registrations Desk with our Treasurer, Paul Fitzgerald

14:00 - Mr. Gearoid O'Brien, Midlands Astronomers of Note
15:00 - Refeshments
15:30 - Mr. Michael O'Connell, The Antikythera Mechanism
16:30 - Raffle
17:00 - Farewell Address and Close

 

Any Questions?

Contact us and we will be happy to help!