Cosmos 2020 Cancelled

7 months 2 weeks ago #108358 by flt158
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I have just discovered Cosmos 2020 has been cancelled.
Terry Moseley received the news first.

The reason is the corona virus.
Sad news indeed.

The event may be held later in the year.

Kind regards,

Aubrey.
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7 months 2 weeks ago #108359 by JohnONeill
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Hi,

There is no mention of any postponement on the Cosmos 2020 website:
www.cosmosstarparty.ie/

John
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7 months 2 weeks ago #108360 by michael_murphy
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I have been talking to Sean Morris.  Cosmos has been cancelled and he will post more details later.

Michael.

IFAS Secretary.
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7 months 2 weeks ago #108361 by Keith g
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That's a bummer, it seems the whole country will be in lockdown soon, better safe than sorry though

Keith.

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7 months 2 weeks ago #108362 by flt158
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Sad but true, John.
This virus is becoming worldwide.
Hopefully my eclipse trip in June will still happen.

Aubrey.
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7 months 2 weeks ago - 7 months 2 weeks ago #108363 by Seanie_Morris
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michael_murphy wrote: I have been talking to Sean Morris.  Cosmos has been cancelled and he will post more details later.

Michael.


Hello,
The following I am posting on behalf of Midlands Astronomy Club's committee.

Unfortunately, the decision was made on Wednesday March 3rd last, at a committee meeting of Midlands Astronomy Club to cancel (or postpone) COSMOS 2020 due to COVID-19 coronavirus.
MAC learned of visitors due to travel from outside of Ireland, some of which were also affected by the collapse of FlyBe airline group. Coupled with guests and pre-bookings from visitors from all over Ireland including affected areas by the virus, it has been taken as a precautionary measure.

COSMOS has been running annually since 1992 when it was known as the Irish AstroFest (and for the first few editions, a joint event with the Irish Astronomical Society). It never faultered, always delivered, and was a hub for the annual IFAS Annual General Meeting.

This news means that the IFAS Committee will need to convene a new date and time for that AGM. Details will be provided by the IFAS Committee soon.

It would take a lot to stop MAC from holding this annual event, so the decision, while it might seem very cautious at this moment in time, is in light of the fact that the spread of the virus cannot be forseen in the next 4 weeks given the rate of increase in cases in Ireland, and abroad for our international visitors.

Thanking you for your understanding,

Seanie Morris,
On behalf of Midlands Astronomy Club.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.
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7 months 2 weeks ago #108365 by Paul Evans
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Hi Seanie,

Thank you for that. It's bad news of course - COSMOS is one of the premier events of the Irish Astronomy year and we all look forward to it.

However I'm completely understanding of the situation in which the MIdlands Astronomy Club Committee find themselves and knowing the individuals concerned I'm certain the decision was made with great regret and consideration of all options..

The situation we are in is that we don't know how bad the COVID-19 epidemic may become and what instructions may be forthcoming from the Irish government regarding organised gatherings, or indeed whether or not the venue itself may have cause to formulate its own policy on the matter.

We hope that it's possible for events to continue and that we don't all end up in lockdown, but we simply can't tell at this stage.

Midlands Astronomy Club Committee have my full support in their actions. I hope this will all blow over and COSMOS 2020 can happen at a later date.

A knock on is, as Seanie mentioned, that the AGM of IFAS will need to be re-organised. This is traditionally held within COSMOS as the central location and wide attendance suits most participants but this year we'll need to consider alternatives.

Clear skies all,

Paul.

IAA Webmaster, IFAS Rep and Past President
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7 months 2 weeks ago #108366 by michael_murphy
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A tough call to make Seanie but the right one.  Hopefully we will meet up later on in the year.

Michael.

IFAS Secretary.
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7 months 2 weeks ago #108369 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Very many thanks for the updates gentlemen. Taking everything into account, I'm sure it is the right decision.

Clear skies,

Darren. 
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