*** Solarfest 2013 - Dunsink - June 29th ***

6 years 11 months ago - 6 years 11 months ago #97507 by michaeloconnell
*** Solarfest 2013 - Dunsink - June 29th *** was created by michaeloconnell
Following on from the success over the last number of 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 2013 will take place on Saturday 29th 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 securing a seat, 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 require.
If you wish to just attend the lunch/solar observing/observatory tour, that's no problem. However, please drop an e-mail to the above address so that we know what numbers to expect.

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

Regards & Thanks,

Michael O'Connell
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6 years 11 months ago #97517 by michaeloconnell
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Due to circumstances outside our control, the event has been moved to the 29th June.
Apologies for any inconveniences caused.

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6 years 10 months ago #97540 by michaeloconnell
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Speakers confirmed to date:

John O'Neill (IAS)

Terry Moseley (IAA)

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6 years 10 months ago - 6 years 10 months ago #97664 by michaeloconnell
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John Flannery will also be speaking.

- DRAFT SCHEDULE - SUBJECT TO CHANGE -

10:45 Registration - Tea/Coffee
11:10 Welcome Address
11:15 Speaker 1
12:00 Speaker 2
12:45 Lunch
13:15 Observatory Tour & Solar Observing (Weather Permitting)
13:45 Workshop: Construct A Simple Magnetometer
14:00 Speaker 3
14:45 Coffee Break
15:00 Speaker 4
15:45 Speaker 5
16:30 Conference Close

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6 years 10 months ago #97666 by flt158
Good evening, Michael. Can Valerie and I book for 2 seats for Solarfest 2013? Thank you.

Aubrey.

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6 years 10 months ago #97669 by michaeloconnell
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Aubrey.
2 seats reserved for you.
Michael.

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6 years 10 months ago #97689 by michaeloconnell
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Another speaker now confirmed:

Sreejith Padinhateeri of the Solar Physics Group TCD (Peter Gallagher)

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6 years 9 months ago - 6 years 9 months ago #97858 by michaeloconnell
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Speaker Details:

John Flannery

John Flannery is a Dublin-based software engineer by day with a particular interest in binocular observing, the history of astronomy, atmospheric optics, and clouds. Despite the latter being the bane of many amateur astronomers, John often considers Irish skies to be a constant source of wonder for both himself and fellow members of the Cloud Appreciation Society!

Often we just hear about the planned astronomical observatories that will probe the distant reaches of the Universe. Rarely do we come across information about future solar telescopes being built or on the drawing board that will exclusively study the Sun. John's talk hopes to introduce the audience to recent and concept observatories which promise the best views yet of our daytime star. A number of nations and consortia are working on proposals such as the European Solar Telescope, the Chinese Giant Solar Telescope, and the Indian National Solar Telescope. We will also learn about some of the exciting space missions such as Solar Probe Plus and SolO that will venture closer than any other spacecraft before to the Sun. Astronomers hope these new tools will reveal yet more about our nearest star and solve some of the many puzzles in solar science.

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6 years 9 months ago #97859 by michaeloconnell
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Terry Moseley

A lifetime's interest in amateur astronomy; from early very active general observing to more specialised interests now, including eclipses. Terry led Irish eclipse trips to Bulgaria (1999), Turkey (2006) and China (2009). Terry also successfully observed totality in Australia in November 2012. Terry was Past President of the Irish Astronomical Association for a record 3 x 3 year terms. Elected FRAS in 1967. Honoured by IAU in naming of Minor Planet 16693 Moseley. Founding President of IFAS. Author, lecturer and broadcaster. Currently PR Officer, and Meetings Organiser, for the IAA.

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6 years 9 months ago - 6 years 9 months ago #97860 by michaeloconnell
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Draft Solarfest 2013 Schedule

10:45 Registration - Tea/Coffee
11:10 Welcome Address
11:15 Speaker 1 - TBC
12:00 Speaker 2 - Sreejith Padinhatteeri "Physics of the Sun - Unsolved Mysteries"
12:45 Lunch
13:15 Observatory Tour & Solar Observing (Weather Permitting)
13:45 Workshop: Construct A Simple Magnetometer - Michael OConnell
14:00 Speaker 3 - John Flannery "The Next Generation Solar Telescopes - New Views on the Daytime Sky"
14:45 Coffee Break
15:00 Speaker 4 - John O'Neill "Chasing the Shadow for more than a Saros"
15:45 Speaker 5 - Terry Moseley "Moon Shadows: Irish and other coming Total Solar Eclipses"
16:30 Conference Close

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6 years 9 months ago - 6 years 9 months ago #97861 by michaeloconnell
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Sreejith Padinhatteeri

The sun is the Rosetta stone astronomy. It is the closest star, and the only star whose surface structures and the activities can be observed in detail. Hence, study of the sun and physics of the solar activities is one of the oldest branch of science. Apart from all these scientific curiosities, the sun also influences our day today life and existence. Sreejith's talk will cover our current understanding of the Sun and solar activities. The unsolved mysteries of the sun and how activities on the sun affect earth's space weather also will be discussed. Recent observations of the sun and solar activities using satellites, have produced large amount of beautiful images and movies. Some of these observations, relevant to the topic, also will be shown during the talk.








John O'Neill
As with many others, John’s love of astronomy developed out of his interest in spaceflight when he was young. He first began observing with binoculars from the back garden of his home in Dundrum, Co. Dublin, learning constellations and finding deep-sky objects with the help of a 1973 edition of Norton’s Star Atlas.

John’s main interests in astronomy include variable stars, comets, deep-sky objects, and of course, total solar eclipses – of which he’s seen ten since his first in 1991.
John resides and observes with his wife Sara in Rush, Co. Dublin and is completing his astronomy degree with the Open University. He is an active member and past President of the IAS as well as lead editor of their annual publication Sky High and the quarterly magazine Orbit.

In his talk, alternatively titled, “20 Total Solar Eclipse Phenomena”, John will convey a bit of the magic associated with this most spectacular event and explain how it is that he has become an “umbraphile”.

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6 years 9 months ago #97862 by michaeloconnell
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Seats are still available.
If you want to reserve one (or more), please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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6 years 9 months ago - 6 years 9 months ago #97903 by michaeloconnell
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Final Speaker Confirmed

Dr Yochai Ben-Horin
Head of the National Data Center
Soreq NRC
Israel

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6 years 9 months ago - 6 years 9 months ago #97904 by michaeloconnell
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Solarfest 2013 Schedule

10:45 Registration - Tea/Coffee
11:10 Welcome Address
11:15 Speaker 1 - Dr Yochai Ben-Horin, Head of the National Data Center, Israel
12:00 Speaker 2 - Sreejith Padinhatteeri "Physics of the Sun - Unsolved Mysteries"
12:45 Lunch
13:15 Observatory Tour & Solar Observing (Weather Permitting) - Includes Q&A Session with Albert McClure who has carried out restoration of the Grubb refractor
13:45 Workshop: Construct A Simple Magnetometer - Michael OConnell
14:00 Speaker 3 - John Flannery "The Next Generation Solar Telescopes - New Views on the Daytime Sky"
14:45 Coffee Break
15:00 Speaker 4 - John O'Neill "Chasing the Shadow for more than a Saros"
15:45 Speaker 5 - Terry Moseley "Moon Shadows: Irish and other coming Total Solar Eclipses"
16:30 Conference Close

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6 years 9 months ago - 6 years 9 months ago #97976 by michaeloconnell
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The tour of the dome will include a Q&A Session with Albert McClure who has carried out restoration work of the Grubb refractor.

*** If you have solar observing equipment, please feel free to bring it along. The more the better. ****

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6 years 9 months ago #97977 by michaeloconnell
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If anyone is available to help out on the day with making the tea/coffee, I would appreciate if you can drop me an email please.
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Thanks,
Michael

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6 years 9 months ago #98009 by Seanie_Morris
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Are there options to buy lunch onsite?

Seanie.

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

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6 years 9 months ago #98010 by michaeloconnell
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Nope.
Bring your own lunch.

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6 years 9 months ago #98021 by carlobeirnes
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Best of luck with the event guys hoping you get some clear skies.

Clear Skies.

Carl O’Beirnes,
Scopes and Space Ltd,
Unit A8 Airside Enterprise Centre,
Swords, Co Dublin,
Ireland.
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6 years 9 months ago #98022 by michaeloconnell
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Thanks Carl.

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6 years 9 months ago - 6 years 9 months ago #98023 by michaeloconnell
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6 years 9 months ago #98028 by carlobeirnes
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Hi all,

Hope you all had a great day. Sorry I couldn’t stay around longer I’m just a wee bit busy at the moment as you know :>). I really enjoyed chatting to everyone at the event; also was really impressed at how Dunsink looked the place looked amazing.

Clear Skies,

Carl.

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6 years 9 months ago #98029 by flt158
Valerie and I certainly had a great day -a big thank you to Michael O'Connell for organizing the whole event. We were spoiled rotten with the 5 very interesting lectures and the day just flew. It's not every weekend one gets the opportunity to hear 2 lectures on Total Solar Eclipses!!
And finally, seeing those 2 huge prominences on the Sun was such a huge thrill.

Aubrey.

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6 years 9 months ago #98031 by StephenK
Super day, we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thanks Michael and IFAS, and hopefully,(thanks to Terry and John for googling it on the spot), We might see a partial solar eclipse in Lanzarote in November.

Great chatting to you all,

Stephen.

Stephen Kershaw
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6 years 9 months ago #98032 by manic_dave

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