Solarfest 2012 - Dunsink - 23rd June *** FULLY BOOKED ***

7 years 11 months ago - 7 years 9 months ago #93657 by michaeloconnell
Following on from the success over the last 3 years, IFAS in conjunction with Dunsink Observatory (DIAS) Astronomy & Astrophysics Group www.dias.ie are co-hosting a one-day event in Dublin to celebrate solar astronomy. Solarfest 2012 will take place on Saturday 23rd June at Dunsink Observatory, Dublin.

Aside from the continued support from Dunsink Observatory (DIAS) Astronomy & Astrophysics Group, we are also very grateful to Trinity College Dublin Astrophysics Research Group www.tcd.ie/Physics/Astrophysics/ and Dublin City University www.dcu.ie/ for helping make this event happen.
Entry to the event is FREE.

The programme for the event is current being finalised and will be updated here in due course. However, the event will feature a number of lectures, solar observing (weather permitting) and more. The lunchtime break will allow an opportunity to take in a tour of the facility to see the observatory and the 12" Grubb refractor. While tea/coffee will be provided, please bring along your own packed lunch.

Spaces are limited to 60 seats. If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please state in the e-mail how many seats you would like to reserve.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to ask.

Regards & Thanks,

Michael O'Connell
The following user(s) said Thank You: StephenK, michael_murphy

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7 years 10 months ago - 7 years 10 months ago #93940 by michaeloconnell
Replied by michaeloconnell on topic Re: Solarfest 2012 - Dunsink - 23rd June
Speakers confirmed to date:
Pietro Zucca - Trinity College Dublin, Astrophysics Research Group

Talk Title: The Sun-Earth Connection
Pietro is persuting pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD in Solar Physics and Space Weather. Pietro obtained his undergraduate studies at Padova University obtaining a BSc in Astronomy. After that he received his Masters in Astrophysics and Cosmology at Bologna University. In 2009 Pietro started in Trinity College with the help of an Erasmus grant and carried out a research project in solar radio physics. In 2010 he joined the Astrophysics Research Group (ARG).
Pietro's current area of research is focused on solar physics, using the e-Callisto spectrograph to measure the solar radio bursts, with particular interest in type II shocks. Radio signatures are decisive in understanding the behavior of the solar corona, studying plasma emission processes and Langmuir waves. The goal of his research is to study the effects of solar storms on telecommunications and space weather and involves collaborations between the Schools of Physics, Computing and Engineering, to understand the physical link between solar storms and telecommunication dropouts in Ireland.

Masha Chernyakova - Dublin City University

Talk Title: The Origin and Highlights of the Solar System
Masha is a lecturer in the astrophysics department of Dublin City University. Masha has previously worked for 5 years at the Integral Science Data Center (Switzerland), where she got a chance to extend the theory and to organize several multiwavelengths campaigns. In 2007 Masha received a Schrodinger fellowship in Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, and continued the work in the area of high energy astrophysics studying emission from the highly accelerated particles in different astrophysical sources from both theoretical and observational point of view. In 2001 Masha received a PhD degree from the AstroSpace Center of Physical Institute, Moscow, Russia for work relating to theoretically studied emission from the binary system with a millisecond pulsar.


John Flannery, South Dublin Astronomy Club

Talk Title: "Riddle of the Lunar Atmosphere"
When a total eclipse of the Sun occurs we are awestruck by the beautiful pearly light of the solar corona. But it is only in the last 150 years or so that we have begun to understand the Sun's atmosphere and even come to the realisation it's a solar feature and not lunar. For a long time it was believed the Sun's corona was actually a dense lunar atmosphere. Why was this so and how did solar physics develop as a science? This talk tells the story.

Ronan Newman, Galway Astronomy Club

Title: "The Aurora Borealis: Capturing Nature's Celestial light show from Ireland"
Ronan Newman is a native of Claremorris, Co Mayo and first became interested in astronomy and Spaceflight from the age of 7, since then like many it has become a lifelong hobby with something new and exciting to hear about every day. Like any child of that age he remembers being astounded when reading about the giant Saturn 5 Moon rocket from books owned by his father and a progression into astronomy from there.
Being an amateur astronomer at such an early age made him look different in the eyes of his fellow school classmates and made him the butt of every single astronomical joke imaginable. But even still at the age of 10 he got his first telescope for Christmas, a 2 inch refractor and used it alongside a planisphere to navigate and learn his way around the night sky, something he still advocates to this day as the only way to learn the constellations properly.

In 1998 he was one of the founding members of the Galway Astronomy Club which was formed in the aftermath of Comet Hale Bopp. He has been on the committee since then in various positions while for the past six year has held position of secretary and webmaster. A central part of his role is astronomy outreach and bringing that astronomical wonder and excitement that he has felt over the many years into the minds of the younger generation; the Astronomers of the Future.

Amongst other interests like Binocular and naked eye astronomy, wide field astrophotography and Planetary Science he is an avid Spaceweather enthusiast. In this year alone he has managed to forecast and image six auroral displays from his present home in Charlestown, Co Mayo by interpreting data from several orbiting space craft that continually monitor our Sun – Earth environment.

In this simple talk he will look at the history of Aurora spotting in Ireland and show what signs to look for when wathing for the Aurora and will also dwell into another Solar linked Phenomena known as Noctilucent Clouds.
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7 years 10 months ago #94122 by spookwoman
Replied by spookwoman on topic Re: Solarfest 2012 - Dunsink - 23rd June
Wont be able to attend but I've put the details on waterford astronomy's site for anyone this end of the country interested.

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7 years 10 months ago #94128 by Seanie_Morris
Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: Solarfest 2012 - Dunsink - 23rd June
It's an excellent line-up, I hope to be able to go. People should take advantage of this FREE event. If the Sun shines, even better! Each year SolarFest has been on (I think!), the Sun came out from the clouds at some stage.

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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7 years 10 months ago - 7 years 9 months ago #94229 by michaeloconnell
Replied by michaeloconnell on topic Re: Solarfest 2012 - Dunsink - 23rd June
Final speaker now confirmed.
Dr. Andrew Taylor-Castillo of the ISDC Data Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Geneva.
Abstract:
"The question as to the nature of the sun will be addressed, starting with scientific enquiries into this puzzle back in the early 1800s. A brief review will be given highlighting the arguments put forward as to its underlying energy source. The relatively recent observations, probing to the very heart of the sun, will be shown to conclusively answer this long standing mystery.
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www.isdc.unige.ch/~taylora/

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7 years 9 months ago - 7 years 9 months ago #94289 by michaeloconnell
Replied by michaeloconnell on topic Re: Solarfest 2012 - Dunsink - 23rd June
*** FULLY BOOKED ****

Thanks everyone for your interest in the event.
Looking forward to seeing you all there.

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7 years 9 months ago - 7 years 9 months ago #94290 by michaeloconnell
Registration + Tea/Coffee @ 10:30am

For lunch, tea/coffee will be provided.
However, please bring your own packed lunch

We expect to finish up at approx. 17:00

If you have a telescope capable of solar viewing, please feel free to bring it along.
Weather permitting, we hope to have a solar observing session during the lunch break.
A tour of the observatory will also be provided.

Regards & Clear Sunny Skies,

Michael.

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7 years 9 months ago #94291 by flt158
Good evening, Michael. Can Valerie and I attend?

Aubrey.

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7 years 9 months ago #94292 by michaeloconnell
Aubrey,

At this stage, the room is booked to capacity so I obviously can't guarantee a seat at this stage.
However, we usually find that a few people will end up forgetting about it or change their mind at the last minute.
If you want to come along, we will certainly try and accommodate you both.

Regards,

Michael.

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7 years 9 months ago #94293 by flt158
Thank you Michael. That is what I was thinking. It must the 1st time SolarFest is actually booked out.

Aubrey.

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7 years 9 months ago #94318 by michaeloconnell
EVENT PROGRAMME

10:30 Registration - Tea/Coffee
11:00 Welcome Address
11:10 John Flannery (SDAS)
12:00 Andrew Taylor-Castillo (ISDC Data Center for Astrophysics)
12:45 Lunch including solar observing and a tour of the observatory
14:15 Masha Chernyakova (DCU)
15:00 Discussion re Annular Eclipse (May 2012), Transit of Venus (June 2012) & Solar Eclipse (November 2012)
15:20 Coffee Break
15:40 Ronan Newman (GAC)
16:20 Pietro Zucca (TCD)
17:00 Conference Close

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7 years 9 months ago #94346 by dmcdona
An excellent day at Dunsink with a really great turnout and top quality presentations. There were even some members of Public dropped by plus a few RTE folks who were broadcasting from another Dunsink building.

The only downside was a lack of the sun showing itself - but that didn't dampen spirits at all.

A huge thanks to Michael O'Connell for all hard work involded in organising the event and to Dunsink and DIAS for hosting it in a wonderful facility.

Special thanks to Denise and Fíona for keeping everyone refreshed!

Dave

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7 years 9 months ago #94347 by michael_murphy

dmcdona wrote: An excellent day at Dunsink with a really great turnout and top quality presentations. There were even some members of Public dropped by plus a few RTE folks who were broadcasting from another Dunsink building.

The only downside was a lack of the sun showing itself - but that didn't dampen spirits at all.

A huge thanks to Michael O'Connell for all hard work involded in organising the event and to Dunsink and DIAS for hosting it in a wonderful facility.

Special thanks to Denise and Fíona for keeping everyone refreshed!

Dave


I second that.

I did manage to show the Sun in my PST for a few minutes whilst sheltering from the wind.

Thanks to all involved.

Michael.

IFAS Secretary.

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7 years 9 months ago - 7 years 9 months ago #94356 by DeirdreKelleghan
I had a wonderful day at Dunsink Observatory , totally enjoyed the speakers all very inspiring.
Was delighted to display and talk about my Action Sun project which was funded by Dublin City of Science 2012
it seemed to make everyone smile :laugh:
Thanks to Dave Connolly MAC for the fist image.
Thanks to Michael O'Connell for all the work he put into the event.
Great to meet up with everyone

Deirdre Kelleghan
@skysketcher
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7 years 9 months ago #94364 by R Newman
Well done Michael, again you pulled off a super event and was a great to meet everyone again, thanks for inviting me to talk I really enjoyed puting the talk together and giving it to such an enthusiastic audience.

Ronan Newman

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7 years 9 months ago #94373 by StephenK
Great day, very informative and it was super to have a wander around the observatory, last time I seen that scope was in the late 80s before it was overhauled.

Well done to all who organised it :rock:

Stephen Kershaw
Ktec Telescopes Ltd
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7 years 9 months ago - 7 years 9 months ago #94384 by michaeloconnell
Big thanks is due to the following people without whom this event would not have been possible:

Dunsink Observatory (DIAS) Astronomy & Astrophysics Group and in particular Hilary O'Donnell who have always been very supportive of our efforts in the promotion of astronomy;
All the speakers who put their time and effort into a great series of talks;
Trinity College Dublin, Astrophysics Research Group;
Astrophysics Department, Dublin City University;
ISDC Data Center for Astrophysics;
Deirdre Kelleghan for her display and talk re Action Sun;
My wife Denise and Dave Mc's wife Fíona for their hard work with the refreshments;
Val Dunne and Robin Moore for all their help;
Deirdre Kelleghan, Terry Moseley and John Flannery for notifying people of the event on their e-mail bulletins;
And to everyone who made the event possible.

Regards & Thanks,

Michael O'Connell.

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