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 CIT's Blackrock Castle Observatory is proud to be in the top 2 of Cork's Top 10 Visitors Attractions!



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Click here for our new Programme of Day and Night Events from March to May

MOVIES BY MOONLIGHT FILM CLUB

 

Movies by Moonlight is a Film Club that offers sci-fi screenings with guided stargazing on the last Saturday of every month. Set in the scenic surrounds of a 16th century Castle turned Science Observatory and facilitated by local astronomers this is a Film Club with a difference.



Moon (15's)
 

 

Saturday February 27th 8:00pm:

 

Pre-booking essential.

Members €5.00. Accompanied guest non members €7.50.

Duncan Jones'  2009 award winning sci-fi film Moon is a remarkably shot psychological thriller that gives an intense close up
of the hallucinogenic mental state of a lone astronaut (Sam Rockwell) on a lunar base in the near future. 


Observing in the courtyard before and following the screening.
All movies are followed by weather determined guided stargazing.
See spectacular views of the Moon, Mars, Orion and Saturn for February and March Movies By Moonlight stargazing sessions.
Movie Meal Deals are on offer with the Castle Bar and Trattoria.


 
FIRST FRIDAYS AT THE CASTLE
IN ASSOCIATION WITH
CORk ASTRONOMY CLUB

 

 
Free Monthly Event!

Friday March 5th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

6-8pm Space Crafts: 4 half hour family friendly workshops

8pm Ronan Newman – Galileo: A Jovian Odyssey Ronan Newman, secretary of the Galway Astronomy Club, gives a talk that examines the robotic exploration of the Outer Solar System with a focus on the 1990 NASA Galileo mission to Jupiter.
www.galwayastronomyclub.ie

7.30-10pm Observing with the Cork Astronomy Club includes a fun starcount in Orion in association with Globe at Night
www.globeatnight.org
.


GIGA GALAXY ZOOM



On March 5th Cosmos at the Castle  presents a NEW INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT from the European Southern Observatory, ESO’s Giga Galaxy Zoom connects the sky as seen by the unaided eye with that seen by hobby and professional astronomers. The project reveals three amazing, ultra-high-resolution images of the night sky that online stargazers can zoom in on and explore in an incredible level of detail. A wall exhibit of high resolution giant photgraphic images also enhances the show.

www.gigagalaxyzoom.org 




The Cork Science Cafe is a place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology and their impact on our culture. Meetings take place monthly in the relaxed surrounds of the Castle Bar and Trattoria before the headline speaker at Blackrock Castle Observatory’s First Fridays at the Castle.

7 - 8pm Café Scientifique Meet Con McCarthy, Systems Engineer at ESA, and Donagh O’Mahony, Tyndall Institute, who will giude open discussions on Space Travel and Robotics

Con has worked at Spacelab, on ERS 1.(Earth Resources Satellite ) he was the Systems engineer on Huygens ( Europe 's lander to Titan on board the U.S. Cassini Saturn orbiter) with responsibility for Cassini / Huygens interfaces. Con was ESA's  Mars Lander and communications system manager for Europe's Mars mission, Mars Express and systems engineer on the Venus Express on its mission to Venus.

Donagh will give an overview of the challenges presented by Space exploration and a summary of Ireland’s role in technology development for Space.  The Tyndall National Institute in Cork has collaborated in technology development and device testing activities with the European Space Agency (ESA) since 1982 and was designated an ESA microelectronics test support laboratory (MTSL) in 1988.


That’s Why!

Inspiring young minds at Blackrock Castle Observatory, the Space for Science

Every Saturday and Sunday 3.00pm - 4.00pm
Let your kid’s join in an hour of fun filled discussion exploring exciting themes in science, technology and astronomy. Upcoming in March… time travel and interstellar space travel and what’s up with elementary particles at CERN!

Where:

  The Sci Lab at BCO.

When:

  Every Saturday and Sunday at 3pm-4pm.

 Who:

  Girls and Boys aged 9-12 

 Cost:

  €5.00 per child.



Rediscover cork

Saturday, March 6th 2010, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm:
“Who says there’s nothing to do in
Cork?”
Meet the team at Blackrock Castle Observatory at their stand at Rediscover Cork at Cork City Hall.

 

 
PRIVATE VIEWING SESSIONS AT THE ROOFTOP TELESCOPe

 


BCO MEMBERS can register their interest to observe the heavens above Cork using the 16inch rooftop telescope under the guided instruction of Blackrock Castle Observatory’s in-house Astronomy Technician Alan Giltinan.
Email scope@bco.ie to register your interest. Maximum number per group is 6 persons.
Interested members will be be advised of clear night viewing sessions 24 hours in advance.

See what else is included in BCO Membership at
www.bco.ie/membership.html.


BENEFIT EVENT FOR AWARE

Saturday, March 20th, Doors 8:30pm:
Tickets €15

Mishap Live! Dj's & Spotprizes
http://www.aware.ie


Revolution Cycle will appear at 9pm on a live video link from their journey home on the first Irish circumnavigation of the globe.
They are highlighting the positive contribution that cycling can make to mental health and the environment, raising funds for aware and highlighting climate change.

http://www.revolutioncycle.ie



CORK LIFELONG LEARNING FESTIVAL


22nd – 28th March
Free!

2 - 3pm
Strange New Planet

Lecture / Workshop

Discover a Strange New Planet in this light-hearted workshop that outlines how we have studied and  explored planets in our solar system.


Live Link to
Chabot Sp
ace & Science CentER

 

  Astronomy Imaging Schools Workshops

Next Live Session Tuesday March 23rd
www.bco.ie/webofstars

Limited places left for interested primary and secondary schools


MOVIES BY MOONLIGHT FILM CLUB

Saturday, March 27th,

 6:30pm: "Fly Me to the Moon"
Observing in the courtyard before and following the screening


Pre-booking essential.

Members €5.00

Accompanied guest non members €7.50



EarthHour 2010




Saturday March 27th 8.30pm: Lights out for EarthHour
Over 1 billion people across the world will turn off their lights for one hour in honour of global sustainability. BCO will make special use of these dark conditions with a guided stargazing event.


THE BLACKROCK CASTLE WINE CLUB


A TOUR OF THE LANGUEDOC
The Castle Bar & Trattoria at
BlackrockCastle

€25 for one night’s Membership
or €180 for the remaining nine sessions in the 2010 calendar
For more information write to club@bubblebrothers.com and make a date with the stars!



Contact us:

Phone: +353-(0)21-4357917

Fax: +353-(0)21-4357924

Email: info@bco.ie
Web: www.bco.ie

Mail: 
BlackrockCastleObservatory 
BlackrockCastle , Castle Road
Blackrock , Co.Cork
Ireland

School or Group Visits: Frances McCarthy
BCO Labs: 
Alan Giltinan

Facilities Manager: 
Clair McSweeney

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