Spectacular Universe

Come join Blackrock Castle Observatory in kicking off the start of Space Week in Ireland!

18:00 – 20:00    |    MakeSpace

Have a chance to chat to some Cork second level students who are taking their learning to space: the Moonty1 team from Mayfield Community School who entered ESA’s AstroPi competition last year.


the PR team from Glanmire Community School who have a live chat to the International Space Station planned for later this year
Drop in sessions in MakeSpace. This event would be more suitable to older children who already have an interest in space.

19:00                 |     Exhibition Area

Orla Flynn,CIT Vice President For External Affairs opens the CUIG exhibition “Reach for the Stars


19:15 – 19:45    |    Pre-screening panel chat

Meet our panel of astronomy buffs who speak about the impact the Voyager mission has had on them; some from forty year old memories, others in the making of The Farthest documentary.  All will explore how space exploration missions reflect humanities innate desire to further understand our Spectacular Universe.

Dr Niall Smith, Head of Blackrock Castle Observatory, Head of Research, Cork Institute of Technology

Prof Paul Callanan, Associate Professor Physics Department, University College Cork

Lynda O’Mahony, Cork Astronomy Club

Zlata Filipovic, Line Producer, The Farthest documentary

Frances McCarthy, Education Officer, Blackrock Castle Observatory


No booking is required for the panel discussion, entrance is on a first come basis.


20:00 – 22:00   |    FREE screening of ‘The Farthest’    |    Booking Required 

Book your seat at a screening of The Farthest, an incredible film that tells the tale of the amazing Voyager spacecraft and its golden records. It is one of humankind’s greatest achievements. More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space – the first human-made object ever to do so. Don’t miss a chance to see this epic Irish space movie.

21:00 – 23:00   |   Stargazing (Weather Dependent)

Finish off the evening stargazing with the Cork Astronomy Club, as long as the weather is clear.

All events are free to attend and you will be able to pop in to events as they are happening. However, registration is required for “The Farthest” screening.

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  • Dates: Friday 6th October, 2017
  • Time 18:00 - 23:00
  • Venue: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory , Castle Road, Blackrock
  • Screening of the Farthest: Booking required
  • Stargazing: This is weather sensitive, cloudy skies mean no stargazing.


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