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Experience the night sky on Ireland’s most southerly island! Learn about space and the culture and language of Cape Clear
Free from the glare of artificial light, enjoy Ireland’s dark skies in a spectacular island setting on West Cork’s Cape Clear Island. You’ll learn about the history and culture of the island as well as the skies above us!
Friday 24th May 20.00 Welcome and Outline of Weekend.
20.00 – 22.00 Refreshments- local foods Canapés/ Sandwiches
22.00 – 22.30 Introduction to the Night Sky
22.30 – 00.00 Sky walk 1: Night time walk on Oileán Chléire
Saturday 25th May 10:00 – 13:00 Meet Cape History Walks. (Irish and English) — Dome Running in halla. (Irish and English) – (Niall) Birdwatching/ Ecology introduction – Fastnet trip
14.00 – 14.30 Refreshments – Biscuits and Tea or Coffee in Halla
14.30 – 18.00 Leachtaí (20/30 mins each max) (Sample lectures) – Brief Astronomical History – What is a star? 16.30 – 17.00 – Sos –Refreshments – Gaeilge agus an Spéir- Filíocht agus Scealtaí? – The Planets/ The Moon.
22-00 – 23-00 ISS and satellites (Halla)
23.00 – 01.00 ISS Flyover sighting (11.37) Sky Walk 2 – Night time walk on Cape Clare
01.00 – 02.00 Guided night photography
Sunday 26th May 10.00 – 12.00 Sky dome.
12.00 – 13.00 Final talk and finish.
(Option of Fastnet Trip)