The theme of Culture Night, September 22, 2017 at CIT’s Blackrock Castle Observatory is Cassini Culture. We will celebrate the planned end of mission for Cassini (due to happen a week earlier on September 15, 2017).
Cassini–Huygens is a NASA–ESA–ASI robotic spacecraft. Cassini was the fourth space probe to visit Saturn and the first to enter its orbit. It has studied the planet and its many natural satellites since arriving there in 2004. Huygens landed on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn in 2005.
Join a host of experts including the ‘Voice of Space’ Leo Enright to look back on 13 years of discovery from data returned from Saturn, the jeweled planet. Experience stunning displays of the gassy giant and her many moons in Snappy Saturn Sessions. Meet people who worked on NASA’s Cassini and ESA’s Huygens on video links to Blackrock Castle Observatory. If we are lucky with the weather too, we may even get a chance to see Saturn through telescopes!
Cork Astronomy Club will guide visitors in weather permitting stargazing at nightfall (after 8pm, although we might see a skinny crescent Moon a little earlier).
From 6-8pm enjoy drop in Saturn-themed, hands-on science explorations suitable for ages 7-12.
From 6-7pm Cork Skeptics will talk skepticism and how you can employ a skeptical approach to help you sniff out incorrect or suspect claims. Discover if there really are rings on Saturn or is it all a conspiracy!
From 7-9pm Leo Enright will host short Snappy Saturn Sessions.
Please note these important points:
Our science centre will show content specific for Culture Night – our daily content will NOT be featured
Stargazing is weather dependent (rain or cloud cover means it will NOT take place)
Doors will close at 9pm
Once the venue is at full capacity, access will be limited
The Observatory will not be open; astronomy sessions will be held in the courtyard
There will be no access to the dungeon or turrets, the evening will focus on science and astronomy. This means NO ACCESS TO CASTLE AREAS