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StarStuff – A Lecture Series at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

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Blackrock Castle Observatory

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“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” Carl Sagan


StarStuff is a series of talks exploring the fundamentals of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology hosted by CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory’s Dr Niall Smith and Frances McCarthy.


These talks are of particular interest to those teaching the Earth and Space strand in Junior Cycle Science and to those who are curious about the Universe, our own solar system and our place in it. Talks are designed for second level teachers / adult audience and will be recorded for sharing with the teaching community.

Where weather allows, lectures are preceded by 1st Quarter Moon viewing in the courtyard at Blackrock Castle.

Public Moon Observing from 6pm


StarStuff Talks from 7- 8pm



Lecture 1: Feb 11, 2019 7pm

Our Universe - What we know” – Dr Niall Smith introduces us to thinking about the size, scale, and origins of our Universe.



Lecture 2: March 15, 2019 7pm

Hello Moon” – On the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that landed humans on the Moon, Frances McCarthy brings us on a journey of the Lunar orbit exploring phases, eclipses, and the wonderful dance of the Sun, Moon, and Earth.



Lecture 3: April 12, 2019 7pm

"Celebrating Yuri’s Night" – Dr Niall Smith takes the anniversary of the first human orbit of Earth as a starting point to discuss humanity’s relationship with space exploration. What have we learned since Yuri Gagarin made that first orbit on April 12, 1961, and where will current technology and research take us?

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