Date: April 5-7   Time: various times

Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival promotes and celebrates learning of all kinds, whatever your age, interest or ability. To celebrate its 14th year Blackrock Castle Observatory has set a programme of activity including talks, demonstrations, an exhibit of space mission patches and a MoonWatch during Lifelong Learning Festival 2017.

Space is coming to Cork for the summer of 2017! Find out more about the International Space University’s Space Studies Programme (SSP17) and the SSP17 public engagement programme when you visit BCO for our Learning Festival events.

Get pulled in by Gravity!  | April 5 2017 | All ages  

Drop-in to MakeSpace here at BCO for a short talk and demonstration on one of the most mysterious forces: gravity!  How (we think) it works and some of the ways it affects us day to day. You’ll also get a chance to try out our Gravity Well, one of the simplest and most entertaining way to demonstrate how Solar System orbits work.

2 x 30 minute talks from 12:00 to 12:30 and again from 14:00 to 14:30.

In the footsteps of Columbus   | April 6 2017 |     16:00 – 18:00    | General Public

Enjoy exploring one of the largest ever private collections of mission badges, search for your favourite missions or astronauts. Then join the patron of the collection, John O’Sullivan, as he talks about space in general and details of the collection itself.

MoonWatch & Science Research Talk    | April 7 2017 |     20:00 –  21:30    | General Public 

Join astronomers from CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory & Cork Astronomy Club in the courtyard at Blackrock Castle for a guided observing evening under the Moon.

Observing is weather dependent. If the skies are cloudy, our digital alternative, Stellarium will be used indoors.

The Moon is a spectacular sight when seen through a telescope. Dark, flat plains called mare, deep craters and bright rays of ejected material pepper the rugged surface.

At 20:00, Dr Simon Woodworth, will give a talk on his work as Lead Investigator in the LEANBH project; an area of research taking place in the INFANT centre in CUMH. Learning to Evaluate Blood Pressure at Home (LEANBH) is a study which investigates hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. Find out why this is important and see a demonstration of the equipment used.