International Dark Sky Week - Geesala
Join Brendan Owens - Astronomer Emeritus for the Royal Observatory Greenwich and Researcher in Trinity College Dublin's School of Education for a Starry Sky Tour Take a cosmic whistle-stop tour of our galaxy and beyond with astronomer Brendan Owens as he explains astronomical treasures that can be viewed throughout clear, dark skies: from solar system favourites like the Moon and Mercury, to stars near and far, and finally to a location beyond our whole Milky Way galaxy. All these treasures are visible to the naked eye in the right conditions using some star-hopping techniques to steer eyes in the right direction. Brendan will accompany his advice with beautiful images to give a deeper perspective of what goes on in the night sky and will also share some free tools to help navigate space with friends and family. While the night sky in dark sky locations has thousands of stars on show to the naked eye, the star we can explore best dominates the daytime sky instead: our Sun. Join astronomer Brendan Owens on a whirlwind voyage across time and space to hear how humans have built up their understanding of the Sun. From object of worship to finding out how a star works and discovering its complex effects felt on planet Earth, it’s a slow-burn tale of scientific discovery! Brendan Owens is currently a researcher in Trinity College Dublin's School of Education and an Astronomer Emeritus for the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Brendan previously worked at the Royal Observatory Greenwich for a decade after completing a degree in Physics and Astronomy and a Masters in Science Communication at Dublin City University. He is deeply passionate about access to the night sky, and weaving art and science together to inspire curiosity in all things space. Join us at 8pm on Sunday 24th April in Geesala!