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Space Week at Trinity

Events to be held during National Space Week. Entry to all events is free.

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Rosetta: To Catch a Comet! – Prof. Mark McCaughrean

Prof. Mark McCaughrean well give a public talk on the Rosetta mission which, after 12 years and 6 billion km, is due to crash-land on a comet at the end of September, garnering important new results as it does so.

Bio: Prof Mark McCaughrean is Senior Science Advisor in the Directorate of Science at the European Space Agency. He is also responsible for communicating results from ESA’s astronomy, heliophysics, planetary, and fundamental physics missions to the scientific community and wider general public. Following a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, he worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, followed by astronomical institutes in Tucson, Heidelberg, Bonn, and Potsdam, and taught as a professor of astrophysics at the University of Exeter before joining ESA in 2009. His personal scientific research involves observational studies of the formation of stars and their planetary systems, and he is also an Interdisciplinary Scientist for the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope.

Note that, due to space restrictions, this is a ticketed event. Tickets are free, and available by clicking this link

Eventbrite - Rosetta: to Catch a Comet

Date & time: Tuesday 4th October 19:30-20:45
Venue: Schroedinger Lecture Theatre, 2nd floor, Fitzgerald Building, Trinity College Dublin (wheelchair accessible)
Location: For location and directions click on the following link: http://www.tcd.ie/Maps/map.php?q=fitzgerald

Images of Starlight

Following on from successful exhibitions elsewhere, we are pleased to host the collection of 62 captioned space images taken by Irish Amateur Astronomers. Images span a range of topics from stars and constellations to objects in our own solar system and include a number of award-winning photographs.

Date & time: Daily from 5th October – Friday 14th October, 09:00-17:30
Venue: Fitzgerald Building: Library, 1st floor, and corridor 2nd floor, Trinity College Dublin (both wheelchair accessible)
* Note that the Library is used for teaching purposes, so may not be accessible at certain times. The Fitzgerald Building is locked at 18:00 *
Location: For location and directions click on the following link: http://www.tcd.ie/Maps/map.php?q=fitzgerald

The Heartbeat of Space

Space-themed poetry readings by Iggy McGovern and Brian Espey with a backdrop of the “Images of Starlight” photographs taken by Irish amateur astronomers.
Note that, due to space restrictions, this is a ticketed event. Tickets are free, and available by clicking this link
Eventbrite - The Heartbeat of Space

Date & time: Wednesday, 5th October, 19:30-20:45
Venue: Fitzgerald Library, 1st floor, Fitzgerald Building, Trinity College Dublin (wheelchair accessible)
Location: For location and directions click on the following link: http://www.tcd.ie/Maps/map.php?q=fitzgerald

The Night Sky: A Major (De)Light - How Space Can Help Protect Our Night-time Heritage

Prof. Brian Espey will describe the effect of light pollution on our view of the night sky as well as the health, environmental, and economic consequences. Using a combination of data, still images and video, including from the International Space Station, he will show how we can better protect the night sky, and suggest ways that we can all help.

Note that, due to space restrictions, this is a ticketed event. Tickets are free, and available by clicking this link

Eventbrite - The Night Sky: A Major (De)Light - How Space Can Help Protect Our Night-time Heritage

Date & time: Thursday, 6th October, 19:30-21:00
Venue: Schrödinger Lecture Theatre, 2nd floor, Fitzgerald Building, Trinity College Dublin (wheelchair accessible)
Location: For location and directions click on the following link: http://www.tcd.ie/Maps/map.php?q=fitzgerald