This is the story of that quest, from the ancient Egyptians, who saw in the skies the workings of their gods, to the Greeks who sought for a naturalistic explanation of what was happening, through the middle ages when brilliant thinkers fought against the restrictions of their culture and of their own beliefs and assumptions to struggle towards and ever more accurate understanding. It is a story of heroes and cowards, humility and arrogance, imagination and tunnel vision. Along the way we will encounter a host of fascinating characters, some larger than life, some odd and reclusive, some downright potty, including such famous names as Copernicus, Newton, Galileo and Aristotle.
The gang from Galway Astronomy Club will be manning a stand at the Galway Science Festival on Sunday the 22nd Nov. We'll have various scopes and other stuff set up, booklets and brochures to hand out, back issues of Astronomy Ireland to give out and we'll be on hand to offer advice and tips to any who want it.
This year we'll have a free raffle for a telescope, courtesy of our good friends athttp://www.ktectelescopes.ie (Well worth checking out their website; great range of gear and fantastic prices).
The festival runs all day and takes place in the student hall in NUIG. See here for more info:
It's a great day out for all the family. Please feel free to drop by and say hello.
If anyone has a particular question to ask and would like to bring their scope or other equipment along we'd be more than happy to help out.
3. DIAS lectures in Dublin celebrate 75th anniversary: See https://dias.ie/dias75: Highlights are: "100 Years of Einstein's Gravity but where are the Waves?" by Prof Mike Cruise (University of Birmingham), 25 November; "Celts in the Cosmos", by Prof Werner Nahm (DIAS), 3 December, and "Mathematics vs astronomy in early medieval Ireland" by Dr Immo Warntjes (Queen's University Belfast), 11 December. Admission free but advance booking is necessary.
4. Armagh Observatory Georgian Day Events: Saturday 28 November 2015
1. Free Organ Recital "Harmony of the Spheres" at 2.30 pm by astronomer and musician Dominique Proust in St. Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral Armagh
2. Free Guided Tour of Armagh Observatory and Grounds at 11.00 am.(To reserve a place contact Armagh Visitor Information Centre, Tel: 028-3752-2928).
Further information on all events can be found on the Armagh Visitor Information Centre website at: http://www.armagh.co.uk/event/organ-recital-saint-patricks-church-of-ireland-cathedral/
Dominique Proust will also give a professional level seminar at the Observatory at 11:00, Friday 27 November "Clusters and Superclusters of Galaxies: What They Can Tell Us". Visitors welcome as always (though please let the Observatory know in advance).
10. Interesting Weblinks
'Heartbeats' of distant galaxy's stars http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151116141745.htm
New test for relativity http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151117145055.htm
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