Galway Star Party (Ireland) Feb 2nd 2013

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Galway Star Party (Ireland) Feb 2nd 2013

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The committee of the Galway Astronomy club would just like to take this opportunity to invite anyone from the UK to the 10th Galway Astronomy Festival taking place here in the beautiful city of Galway, Ireland, "Tribes of Galway" on February 2nd 2013. Our city is a vibrant, bustling centre of the arts and commerce, though it still retains a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Galway is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. The city, with its medieval streets, waterways, extensive range of shopping facilities, wealth of music sessions and other cultural events, is a place to be treasured. The seaside town of Salthill, a Galway suburb, is a renowned summer resort. Its fine beaches open directly onto spectacular Galway Bay.

The event which co-insides with the 15th anniversary of the formation of the club is open to the public and will start at the 4* Westwood House Hotel just outside Galway City with registration from 9am-9.45am and first speaker on stage at 10.00am..

Oscar Wilde reminds us that although we are all in the gutter, some of us are looking at the stars.

"Ireland: The Final Frontier" is the theme for the 10th annual Galway Astronomy Festival which takes place on February 2nd at the Westwood House Hotel on the western suburbs of Galway City. This year our emphasis is on Irish Academic and Amateur astronomers who are involved in cutting edge scientific research from that range from powerful space telescopes to backyard observatories, but all gaining equally impressive results. Also in this years program is a remembarence talk to the late and great Sir Patrick Moore who died very recently. For this we have put together seven interesting lectures that will be spaced over the day, along a workshop and trade stands and the usual visit for new attendees to the robotic NUI Galway Observatory, to cap off the evening the usual top class dinner of the Westwood Hotel followed by our closing talk. .

Launch by Professor Michael Redfern

(Morning Session)

Dr. Andrew Shearer (President of the Centre for Astronomy, NUI Galway) "Kepler: The Search for Habitable Planets"

John Flannery: (South Dublin AS) “What makes a Great Comet?”

Dave Gradwell: “OSCAR: A Unique Irish Solar Observatory”


Ronan Newman: (Galway Astronomy Club) Optional Lunchtime Workshop: “Celestial Light: Catching the elusive Aurora Borealis from Ireland” ... rsHomepage


(Afternoon Session)

Prof. Tom Ray: (Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies) “Making Stars and Planets: The First Three Billion Years”

Dave Grennan: “Hunting Extra-Galactic Supernovae from Ireland”

Professor Lorraine O’Hanlon (UCD): "The Gloria Project: The Future of Virtual E-science Telescopes”

After Dinner Talk

Terry Moseley (IAA): Untold Stories of Sir Patrick Moore FRAS

Entry only €20 We recommend you use for finding connections to Galway from your location of departure.

Hope to see you there, full information along with details of our very busy club schedule is available at

Thanks For Reading

Ronan Newman
Galway Astronomy Club

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