Date: October 4-10
Celebrate World Space Week 2012 with us on October 5
10:30 – 14:30
Using the latest in stereoscopic 3D projection, pupils will learn how Irish scientists and engineers are working with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop space systems in a wide variety of ways that can help us navigate, communicate and monitor our fragile blue green from above. Pupils will also learn about the many spacecraft that have been developed in Europe and how they are unlocking the secrets of the Solar System
Stereoscopic 3D glasses will be provided for everyone
Four 1hour slots are available for school bookings which include the 3D show and entry into our exhibition which will be showing footage on both the life and achievements of Neil Armstrong as well as Curiosity, the Mars Rover which is currently exploring the red planet
This package costs only €4/student with a maximum of 30 students per booking
Please note our interactive screens will be showing a mixture of Cosmos at the Castle and other space related footage. This will not be the full Cosmos at the Castle experience
Webinar: 10:30 – 11:30
One-to-one sessions: Available all day
The webinar will be streamed from BCO (Blackrock Castle Observatory) on Friday from 10.30am to 11.30am inclusive of Q&A.
You are invited to attend in person or watch online from HERE
The presentation will highlight the opportunities offered by engagement with the space sector by providing real examples of how SME’s from a variety of sectors, local government, regional authorities and end users from across Europe in Energy, Tourism, Agriculture and Transport & Mobility have utilised space technology or space derived data to increase efficiency, increase capability and developed products or services to generate business for growth
One-to-one sessions with Robert can be facilitated for companies throughout the day in BCO
To reserve a one to one session please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that you do not need to reserve a place for the webinar
To celebrate the 50th birthday of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), and 50 years of Europe’s quest to explore the southern sky a never-before-seen stunning astronomical image from ESO will be unveiled
Throughout the day we will be showing a live stream from the Very Large Telescope on Paranal, featuring the observations of the Thor’s Helmet Nebula (NGC 2359), interviews with astronomers, views of their telescopes and other information from ESO Headquarters in Garching bei München
10:00 – 17:00: Included in your ticket price to Cosmos at the Castle
10:30 – 14:30: Schools package
18:00 – 21:00: Shown during our monthly free evening First Fridays at the Castle
NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission set down a large, mobile laboratory — the rover Curiosity — at Gale Crater, using precision landing technology that makes many of Mars’ most intriguing regions viable destinations for the first time. During the 23 months after landing, Curiosity will analyse dozens of samples drilled from rocks or scooped from the ground as it explores with greater range than any previous Mars rover
We will be showing footage from the launch of Curiosity, its epic landing and its exploration of the red planet
18:00 – 22:00 | Free monthly evening
First Fridays at the Castle is an action-packed open night on the first Friday of every month with activities for visitors of all ages.
From 18:00-20:00 we run four half-hour hands family-friendly workshops with our in-house teacher and astronomer, Frances McCarthy. Between 20:00 and 21:00 join Robert Hill for ‘Space in our lives’ – a family-friendly presentation that will take you out to the limits of our observable universe and show just some of the ways in which we here on Earth use space in our everyday lives.
The presentations will be a mix of live interaction and the latest in 3D technology
From 21:00 the Cork Astronomy Club and BCO astronomers will help train your eyes towards the constellations (weather dependent)
On October 5 2011, we held a rocket launch in association with the Irish Rocketry Society and a talk from NASA Astronaut Shane Kimbrough.
We built 10 rockets at the Observatory and sent them to competition-winning schools to be decorated.
On the day, each school brought their rocket and launched it 100m into the air. After a meet and greet with NASA Astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Ireland’s Space Correspondent, Leo Enright, the schools and public watched as the Irish Rocketry Society launched the ‘Big Fat Missile’ rocket 600m into the air.
Fancy running your own World Space Week event?
As national coordinators for World Space Week activities in Ireland we would like to extend an invitation to you to participate in this year’s activities by running your own event. All you have to do to participate is get in touch with us and we’ll help you to promote & plan a space related event to take place between October 4-10.