Excursion to Dunsink Observatory on Wednesday 6 September 2017 (19:00–23:00)

In connection with the EMS2017 Conference in Dublin, the Irish Meteorological Society, local hosts, have organized a free excursion to the historic Dunsink Observatory which is within a half hour by bus from The Helix Conference Centre.

Dunsink Observatory has a long history in the service of science and it is used for public outreach and public open nights during the winter months.

The programme at Dunsink Observatory on 6 September 2017 will include the following.

  • Light refreshments served on arrival
  • Viewing of the night sky, weather permitting
  • A short introductory talk about the history of Dunsink Observatory
  • A visit to the South Dome where there will be a short talk about the Grubb Telescope
  • Two lectures will be given as follows.

Lecture 1
Title: "Blowing in the Wind: from the surface of the Earth to other Galaxies"
Speaker: Jonathan Mackey, Researcher at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

Lecture 2
Title: "Applications of High Performance Simulations in Science."
Speaker: Sam Green, PhD Student at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

  • Participants will have an opportunity to look through the Grubb Telescope afterwards.
  • Volunteers from the Irish Astronomical Society will assist with the use of their telescopes.

Besides the astronomical interest of Dunsink Observatory itself, this will be an opportunity to learn more about William Rowan Hamilton, mathematician, who lived and worked there.

The excursion is planned for Wednesday 6 September 2017, departing from The Helix Conference Centre at 19:00, arriving at Dunsink Observatory at 19:30, and departing at 23:00.

Intending participants must register for the event. Check-in for registered participants will start at 18:30 at The Helix Conference Centre. Participants will travel by bus from the Helix to Dunsink Observatory, a distance of 16.5 km (ca. half an hour by bus).

Date: Wednesday, 6 September 2017
Place of departure: The bus stop in front of The Helix Conference Centre, DCU Glasnevin Campus, Dublin 9.
Depart by bus: Depart by bus from The Helix at 19:00; participation is only possible with an e-ticket.
Duration: The excursion will run from 19:30 to 23:00.
Registration: Registration is absolutely necessary, and will be handled on a first-come first-served basis.
Registration deadline: 14 August 2017
Max. number of participants 70


To register

  • Please follow this link to register on Eventbrite
  • Print off your e-ticket and show it to the Excursion Organizers at The Helix on Wednesday, 6 September 2017 at 18:30 before departing by bus to Dunsink Observatory at 19:00.

Waiting list: once 70 places for the excursion to Dunsink Observatory are reserved, we will open a waiting list to fill places becoming available due to any cancellations.