Listen to lectures from some of Europe's foremost experts in their field:

Emmett Mordaunt

Midlands Astronomy Club

Friday @ 8:00pm
"Death From Space"

Follows Registration from 7:30pm.
Followed by Observing/Telescope Demonstrations

Jason Fallon

Registration from 9:30am

Opening Address by Jason Fallon,
Midlands Astronomy Club Chairperson

Saturday @ 10:00am

Brian Harvey

Spaceflight Writer and Broadcaster

Saturday @ 10:15am
"China In Space"

Deirdre Kelleghan

St. Cronan's Stargazers

Saturday from 11:00am
Rocket Making Workshop

In tandem with the morning programme

John Zarnecki 

Director, International Space Science Institute, Switzerland

Saturday @ 11:45am
"Happy Landings"

Lunch time Rocket Launches

Lunch Break with our
Air Powered Rocket Launches!
Design your own rocket using a 1.5lt to 2.5lt pop bottle! Add wings, a nose cone and any kind of decorations you want! Open to everyone.

Lunch from 1:00pm, Rockets from 2:00pm

Kate Russo 

Author, Psychologist and Eclipse Chaser

Saturday @ 2:45pm
"Life as an Eclipse Chaser"

Steve Richards 

Author, Astronomer and Astrophotographer

Saturday @ 4:15pm
"Making Every Photon Count"

 Cosmic Dinner & Table Quiz

Cosmic Dinner followed by our Annual Table Quiz
Limited places for the Dinner, Table Quiz is open to all attendees to COSMOS

Saturday 7:45pm - Dinner
Saturday 9:00pm - Table Quiz

Followed by our Telescopes Under the Stars

Visit to Birr Castle and Telescope 

Sunday @ 10:15am
Depart for Birr Castle

Included in the admission price, bus provided, leaves on time.
Followed by lunch back at the hotel at 1:00pm.

Nick Howes 

Astronomer and Freelance Science Writer

Sunday @ 1:45pm
"The Greatest Scope on Earth"

Keith Geary 

Astronomer and Astrophotographer

Sunday @ 3:00pm
"Astrophotography - Why We Do It"

Followed by Raffle and Closing Address.


What is the COSMOS Star Party?

Hosted annualy by Midlands Astronomy Club in Ireland since 1992, COSMOS consists of talks interspersed with tea breaks (included) and lunches (own expense). Throughout the weekend you can avail of:

• Guest Lectures from leading experts

• Exhibits and Displays

• Astrophotography

• Astro Buy & Sell

• Spot prizes & raffles

• Cosmic Dinner

• Observing Sessions

• Good fun and relaxation

Prices & Payment Options - Buy your ticket now!

You can buy your ticket in advance and collect it at the door. There is no restriction on numbers, and at the PayPal checkout cart phase, you can increase the amount of tickets you want to buy based on the option you have selected from the drop down menu below. Please read our terms first:


Terms and Conditions

- Midlands Astronomy Club cannot accept liability for lost or stolen transactions if the buyer has not entered their details correctly.
- A purchased ticket does not guarantee a seat, or book a seat, though there will be plenty of seating available. There is no limit on the amount of pre-event tickets sold.
- Refunds may be issued at the discretion of Midlands Astronomy Club prior to COSMOS and will incur a cancellation fee.
- No refunds will be given after 7:00pm on Friday April 17th 2015.
- Meals are not included in any pricing, but refreshment breaks are. Dinner and lunches are at the discretion of the attendee and are optional extras.
- If numbers are not sufficient to merit the trip to Birr Castle, Midlands Astronomy Club has alternative arrangements in place for the Sunday morning programme, and refunds will be issued accordingly.
- Children under 12 go free with a paying adult.

For all enquiries, please contact us here.


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It is highly recommended that you book your accommodation if travelling from afar as soon as possible. There are many B&B's in the town and surrounding areas - you can view the accommodation list here.


Event Poster

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COSMOS 2015 poster





Air-powered Rocket Launches

MAC member (and Engineer) Bob Campbell has constructed a pressurised air platform to act as a launch pad for up to 4 rockets! Building your rocket is easy: you just need an empty pop bottle (the 1.5 litre to 2.5 litre kind) and get creative!

The bottle neck is the 'exhaust', so your rocket has to be built upside-down. This event will take place during the lunch break on Saturday afternoon from around 1:45pm and is open to all visitors to COSMOS, young and old.

Come to our workshop with Deirdre Kelleghan on Saturday from 11am and build your own rocket!

How to get here

Partners & Sponsors

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