Planetarium at Home – New Episodes Every Friday!

We’re sure you’re missing our Planetarium Shows as much as we are, so we’ve decided to start bringing you weekly episodes from the Astronomers at the Observatory!

Every Friday evening, with the support of ESERO Ireland, we’ll take a look at the night sky for the week ahead with Planetarium at Home.

We encourage you to put your feet up, grab some snacks, and settle in for a weekly blast of science that’s fun for the whole family. Be safe, and we hope to see you all back at The Observatory in the very near future.

In addition to weekly videos, we’re including links to relevant educational resources from our partners at ESERO Ireland for parents and teachers who want to take this learning experience one step further. Check them out under the videos below.

LATEST EPISODES

 

26th June 2020

Are you in the northern hemisphere but wondering about the sky from the southern hemisphere? Well, using Stellarium we can actually view the sky from any point on Earth — even from the ocean! Join Caoimhin as we explore the southern sky and take a look at southern constellations like the Southern Cross and objects like the Magellanic Clouds.

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19th June 2020

In this video we will be looking ahead to the Solstice! Not just the night of the solstice, but the day as well. We’ll take a look at how the Sun’s position in our sky changes over the year, how high in the sky it gets, and where exactly it sets and rises. Of course we’ll then move on to how it effects our view of the stars at night and how to see a glow stretching over the northern horizon in the middle of the night!

12th June 2020

Not every constellation is as clear as Orion, nor is every asterism as famous as the Plough. Luckily, even constellations that are invisible to the naked eye can be found with the right stepping stones and asterism can helps us find many constellations in one go. In this video we’ll show you how to find faint constellations like Delphinus and Coma Berenices using huge shapes like the Summer Triangle and the Great Diamond.

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5th June 2020

We have a jam-packed Month ahead of us, with many visible planets and of course the Summer Solstice! How will this effect our view of the night sky and when will different objects become visible? We’ll be taking a look through this month and a little into next month, from tonight’s full Moon till the next one, early next month.
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29th May 2020

Pluto is by far the most famous dwarf planet, but far from the only one! There are dwarf planets closer to us, like Ceres, and much more distant ones, like Sedna. Pluto is far from alone, as well as being part of a growing classification, it is the leader of it’s own group of objects, the plutinos! Far from being downgraded, Pluto went from the least of the planets, a distant odd-ball of the solar system, to the biggest and best known example of a whole new group! Today we’ll look at some of the other members of Pluto’s new family!

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22nd May 2020

The ISS is predicted to pass over Ireland a few times in the coming days, but what else can we see zipping across our skies? From space stations to satellites (and even a few other objects) we’ll be taking a look at the man made objects we can see, how we see them and where it’s best to see them from.

15th May 2020

There are only two planets that we can’t see with our eyes. Uranus and Neptune are so distant, even quite large ground-based telescopes struggle to see them! But worry not, for we will be taking a closer look in this video at the two Ice Giants we have at the edge of our solar system, along with their moons and faint ring systems. If you have ever wondered why anyone thought “Uranus” was a good name for a planet, watch on!

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8th May 2020

In this video we take a look at sunset and when some of our favourite objects will become visible. As sunset gets later and later, going out to watch the first objects appearing is becoming easier. We’ll also take a look at where some meteor showers will be emanating from over the next few weeks. Let us know if you spot any shooting stars!

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1st May 2020

EPISODE 1

What is the Zodiac? Why are 12 constellations so well know, when we have 88 in our sky? In this video, we take a look at the path of the Moon, Sun and planets across our sky and why this was useful to ancient cultures.

EPISODE 2

Zodiac signs or Zodiacal  constellations? And how many of them are there really? In this video, we talk about the difference between and Astronomer and an Astrologer and why the answer to those questions changes depending on who you ask.
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24th April 2020

EPISODE 1
We are often treated to inspirational views of the darkest skies, views we have lost in cities around the world. For many of us the night sky could be better, but it could also be worse. In this video  we’ll look at how bad light pollution can get, and show we’re not just fighting to improve what we have, but to stop it from worsening even further.
EPISODE 2
Every morning, the glow of sunrise outshines the stars, hiding them for another day. This happens a bit quicker if the stars are already being hidden by the lights of the city. In this video we’ll compare the early morning sky under different levels of light pollution and show that not only does it change what we can see, but when we can see it.
Resources:
If you want to learn more about Dark Skies using workshops we’ve developed in collaboration with ESERO Ireland, check out the link here.
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17th April 2020

EPISODE 1

Have you ever wondered what the brightest star in the sky is? what about the second or the third? And how do famous stars like the North Star stack up against the other stars in our sky? Join us for this whistle-stop tour of the brightest stars that we can see in the evening from here in Ireland.

EPISODE 2

Have you ever wondered what the brightest star in the sky is? what about the second or the third? And how do famous stars like Betelguese up against the other stars in our sky? Join us for this whistle-stop tour of the brightest stars that we can see in the evening from here in Ireland.

RESOURCES

Now that you’ve learned about the brightest stars in our sky let’s take a look at the topics of Light and Darkness. This is a fun activity that you can do with everyday household objects. This resource was developed by ESERO Ireland. Find it here.

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10th April 2020

EPISODE 1

Sit back and relax as our in-house astronomy buff takes you on a tour of the night sky with a special focus on mysterious objects we call globular clusters.

EPISODE 2

We’re sure you’ve been learning to identify constellations with us through our Daily Astro Challenge videos, but when is a constellation NOT a constellation? Check in with Caoimhin to find out.

RESOURCES

Now that you’ve learned what makes up a constellation, perhaps you’d like to make your own with a star lantern? This is a fun activity that you can do with everyday household objects. This resource was developed with ESERO Ireland for Space Week. Find it here.

3rd April 2020

EPISODE 1

By now you’ve learned to identify Virgo, but did you know how many beautiful galaxies are hidden within it? Let Caoimhin take you on a journey to galaxies beyond our own!

EPISODE 2

We’ve brought you to other galaxies now, but where are we located in our own? Let Caoimhin show you our place in the beautiful Milky Way Galaxy.

RESOURCES

With these episodes we take a look at a lot of beautiful deep sky objects that are not visible with the naked eye. To see them astronomers need telescopes. But how do telescopes work? With this ESERO Ireland resource you can learn how telescopes work and discover how to make your own. Get it here.

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27th March 2020

EPISODE 1

We’ve introduced you to Orion through our Daily Astro Challenge videos, but now we have the time to dig a little deeper. Sit back, relax, and let Caoimhin introduce you to the brightest star, the brightest planet, and much, much more.

EPISODE 2

You’ll need to get up very early to see this trio of night-time gems, but worry not, we’ve used the wonders of technology to give you a lie in. Join Caoimhin as we explore Saturn, Mars, Jupiter and more!

RESOURCES

Now that you’ve seen a number of planets in our solar system, take some time to learn about the sheer scale of it. How big is BIG? You know how many Earth’s fit inside Jupiter’s storm now, but what other comparisons can you make? This ESERO Ireland Resource is particularly useful for Primary School Children. Get it here: Our Solar System

 

Many thanks to our parent institute and funding partners. Their ongoing support make remote learning initiatives such as this possible.

  

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