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.
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.
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!
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17th April 2020
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.
10th April 2020
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
27th March 2020
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.
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!
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.