The Summer of Space continues across Cork

THE Summer of Space continues in Cork with lots of more exciting events taking place over the coming weeks. Below are details on some of the upcoming highlights including a number of events in West Cork.

MOON CYCLE

Saturday 22 July, 7:00 – 11:30pm
Cork City to Blackrock Castle and Mahon Cycleway

A guided cycle through a scale model of the solar system from the Sun will take place from St. Patrick’s Bridge to Neptune at Blackrock Castle Observatory.  You will “visit” each planet in turn, learn a little about it, get a feeling of the scale of the solar system and have some fun on the way. This will be followed by cycling shorts cinema in Blackrock Castle Observatory and the “New Moon Cycle”.  To book contact corkcyclingfestival@gmail.com.

 

ROCKET LAUNCH COMPETITION

Sunday 23 July, CIT Sports Ground, 2:00pm 

The International Space University will host their annual rocketry launch competition.  Participants from ISU’s Engineering department are divided into international teams of four to design, construct and fly a rocket that will meet a set of difficult requirements for altitude, payload, data capture, and design style.  This free event is open to the public and visitors of all ages are welcome! 

 

STARSHIPS OF THE FUTURE

Monday 24 July, Nexus Hall, CIT, 8:00pm

Join Yuri Milner of the Breakthrough Initiative to learn about their scientific programme aimed at finding evidence of technological life beyond Earth entitled ‘Breakthrough Listen’, and a contest to devise potential messages named ‘Breakthrough Message’.

In addition, Milner will discuss ‘Breakthrough Starshot’ an interstellar programme to Alpha Centauri.

 

YOUNG LEADERS IN THE SPACE INDUSTRY

Tuesday 25 July, Nexus Hall, CIT, 8:00pm

 Since the beginning of the Space Studies Program in 1987, there have been over 4200 alumni participating in the program. Many of them are now in high level positions contributing vastly to the field.  In this panel, several ISU alumni will discuss their career path and how ISU help shape their future. The panellists will also share their stories with participants seeking to pursue careers in the field of space.  This event is a must for any Irish businesses interested in exploring opportunities in the Space industry.

 

THE NEW RIGHT STUFF: FULFILLING WHAT YOU CAME TO EARTH TO DO

Wednesday 26 July, CIT Cork School of Music, 8:00pm 

Loretta Whitesides is a ‘Founder Astronaut’ with a ticket for a sub-orbital spaceflight on Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship ‘Unity.’ She and her husband George are the Co-creators of Yuri’s Night, The World Space Party, celebrated annually all around the planet around April 12.  Loretta has spent over five hours floating weightless on a 727 aircraft as a Flight Director for Zero-G Corporation. She is also working on a book for people who want to use space to bring out the best in themselves, entitled ‘The New Right Stuff’.  This free event is hosted by Norah Patten and you can book onwww.inspirespace.com.

 

ARE WE ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE?

Thursday 27 July, Nexus Hall, CIT, 8:00pm

Are we alone in the universe? What are the odds that life exists somewhere in the universe?

The challenge continues to identify terrestrial planets in the habitable zone of their stars where possibly life might exist.

The NASA Kepler space telescope has recently helped discover thousands of Exoplanets beyond our own solar system. These newly discovered planets come in a variety of sizes and orbits. The internationally recognized experts in the panel will discuss some of the latest findings regarding the newly discovered planets and the possible life somewhere else in the universe.

THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION

Monday 31 July, 8:00pm, Nexus Hall, CIT

What does the future of education look like? What impacts will it have on society? How will the future educational system impact the space field?  The panel will discuss the future educational system needed to fill the jobs of the future and how to create an educational system that is closely aligned to the demands of the marketplace and emphasize critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

 

INNOVATION PANEL

Wednesday 2 August, 8:00pm, Nexus Hall, CIT

 Finding innovative solutions for challenges often requires venturing off looking for diverse ways of thinking to bring new added value. This panel will take you further in an endeavour to connect and discuss common challenges, benchmark innovations, discuss analogies along various industry lines.  The panel will also discuss the innovation techniques that are employed by some of the most innovative companies in the world and how to best harvest ideas in different organisations.

 

TALK, TEXT AND TUNES: A NIGHT WATCHMAN’S JOURNEY

Monday 7 August, 8:00pm, Nexus Hall, CIT

 David Levy is an internationally renowned Canadian astronomer who is celebrating 50 years of searching the sky for comments and asteroids. He is best known for his co-discovery in 1993 of Comet Shoemaker- Levy 9, which collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994.  Dr. Levy will be sharing his lecture “Talk, Text, and Tunes: A Nightwatchman’s Journey”, discussing his experiences and observations in astronomy. Dr. Levy has discovered 21 comets, eight of them using his own backyard telescopes.

 

SPACE ON THE ROAD!

In association with Cork County Libraries.

Macroom – Primary school workshop July 22 at 11:30am. Heritage Week talk on August 24 at 2:30pm • Contact: 026-42483

Castletownbere – Pop-up event with the Mobile Library on July 24 at 11:00am • Contact: 027-70233

Newmarket – Pop-up event with the Mobile Library on August 16 at 10:00am • Contact: 029-61090

Mallow – Blackrock Castle Observatory’s Stardome visits Mallow on August 17 • Contact: 022-21821

Kinsale – Come along for a Heritage Week talk on August 23 at 2:30pm • Contact: 021-4774266

Fermoy – Come along for a Heritage Week talk on August 24 at 11:00am • Contact: 025-31318

Dunmanway – Come along for a Heritage Week talk on August 25 at 11:00am • Contact: 023-8855411

Schull – Watch this space for a pop-up event on July 26 at 3:00pm • Contact: 028-28290

Youghal – Join Colm Ryan of Cork Skeptics for a talk on July 27 at 6:30pm • Contact: 024-93459

Oilean ChlÉire – Space on the Road visits Cape Clear this August • Contact: 028-41006

Sherkin Island – Space on the Road visits Sherkin Island this August • Contact: 028-20009

 

Tickets are available on a first come first served basis from ssp17.ie and bco.ie.

For more see #SSP17 #OurSpaceOurTime #SummerofSpace

 

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