Outside the Class
This section contains a list of space and astronomy related Places to Visit and Clubs and Societies.
|Places to Visit|
The Planetarium is a multifaceted organization dedicated to astronomy education for all levels, from nursery through to retirement age. It is the Planetarium’s unique ability to adapt to changing audience needs that have enabled it to stay at the forefront of science education since its formation
|Blackrock Castle Observatory
Blackrock Castle Observatory is a 16th century Castle located 4km from the heart of Cork city on the banks of the river Lee.At the Castle you will find Cosmos at the Castle, Ireland’s first interactive science exhibit, BCO Labs with researchers from the Cork Institute of Technology, Monthly astronomy Open Nights, Hands-on workshops exploring different themes in science and engineering and Discover Primary Science program.
Birr Castle offers something for everyone to enjoy and is especially interesting and educational for families. Starting with Ireland’s Historic Science Center in the old stable block, with its café and shop you can then explore 50 hectares of park land, visit the magnificent Formal Gardens and terraces and discover Birr’s world famous engineering and astronomical wonder – the Great Telescope.
Dunsink Observatory is the oldest scientific institution in Ireland. Built in 1783-1785 for the first Andrews’ Professor of Astronomy in Trinity College Dublin, the observatory is situated on a hill 8km northwest of Dublin’s city centre, where it first housed the Astronomy section of the School of Cosmic Physics in the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
|Inishowen Maritime Museum Planetarium
Inishowen Maritime Museum has a state-of-the-art Planetarium. This incredible device and dome give us the ability to see how mariners used to navigate with the stars, and also provide dazzling astronomy and light shows. With education and entertainment in mind, the Planetarium (one of only three in Ireland), is available to school groups for educational shows tailored to their specific curriculum, as well as the general public.
The Human Orrery is the latest addition to the grounds of Armagh Observatory and provides a unique investigation of planetary motion. It is also fun to use with the capacity to present fundamental ideas in astronomy, mathematics and space science to as wide an audience as possible.
|Clubs and Societies|
|IFAS (Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies)
IFAS is an umbrella group of Astronomical Clubs & Societies throughout Ireland represented here. Through this portal, you can meet and greet over 1,400 fellow Amateur Astronomers from around Ireland and all over the globe.
Astronomy Ireland is the largest national astronomy club in the world relative to population and we publish a full-colour 48-page magazine that is posted directly to members every month. Founded in 1990, in 20 years Astronomy Ireland has grown to over 12,000 members in 2010. Our aim is to promote astronomy, space interest and education in Ireland.