Galway Astrofest 2018
Ireland’s Largest Astronomy Festival,
Harbour Hotel, New Docks, Galway
Fri 26th – Sat 27th Jan
Friday 26th Jan. – Special Showing of ‘The Farthest’ – Eye Cinema
More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space – the first human-made object ever to do so. This little craft will travel on for millions of years, carrying a Golden Record bearing recordings and images of life on Earth. In all likelihood Voyager will outlive humanity. THE FARTHEST will celebrate these magnificent machines, the men and women who built them and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could ever have hoped.
A special screening of this amazing documentary will be held in the Eye Cinema in conjunction with the Festival
Saturday 27th Jan. Trade Displays and Exhibition
Running alongside the day’s other events some of Ireland’s largest sellers of astronomical equipment will have their wares on display. The hall
will also host stands providing information on Dark Sky festivals, displays of astrophotography, information stands and more.
Lecture Program – Sat 27th Jan
0900 – 1000: Registration
1000 – 1015: Opening Address by Sean Kyne TD, Minister of State
1015 – 1115: How We got to the Moon, (and Back). Brian MacGabhann. Chair, Galway Astronomy Club
1115 – 1215: How We Tell Time Dr. David Malone – NUI Maynooth.
1230 – 1400: Lunch break and workshop
1400 – 1500: From Exoplanets to Exolife Dr. Nicholas Devaney, NUIG Dept of Physics.
1500 – 1600: Chasing the Alien – Investigating the first Interstellar Object Prof. Alan Fitzsimmons, Queens University Belfast
1600 – 1630: Tea & Coffee
1630 – 1730: The Patrick Moore Memorial Lecture. Interview with Emer Reynolds, Director of ‘The Farthest’.
1830 – 2000: Astrofest Evening Meal
2000 – Fiendishly Difficult (only kidding) Table Quiz.
Saturday 27th Jan. 1230 – 1400 Lunchtime Workshop
For those interested in the more hands-on aspects of astronomy, the Club will run a workshop during the lunch break, dedicated to the more practical aspects of astronomy. This will also represent an ideal opportunity to ask any of those astronomy questions you always wanted to ask.
Guests: €25. Club Members: €15. Students/OAP: €15 Children (U16): Free
Evening Dinner: €30