COSMOS 2012 - April 13th to 15th

<<View photos from Cosmos 2012 here>>

The 20th annual Cosmos Star Party took place in the rural and secluded surroundings of Annaharvey Equestrian Farm, Tullamore in County Offaly. Below was the programme from last year's very successful event...

Cosmos 2012 April 13th to 15th in Tullamore 

 The Speakers, their Topics and this year's Timetable includes:

Laurence Rigney

Laurence Rigney, Midlands Astronomy Club
Friday 8:30pm - "Intelligent Life in the Universe"

Girvan McKay

Girvan McKay, Midlands Astronomy Club
Saturday 10:15am - "Return To Vostok"

Thierry Legault

Thierry Legault, French Astrophotographer
Saturday 11:30am -
"In Pursuit of Space Ships"

Eamon Ansbro

Eamon Ansbro, Kingsland Observatory, Roscommon
Saturday 2:30pm -
"Surveying for Edgeworth Kuiper Belt Objects from Ireland"

Table Quiz

Saturday 4:15pm - Cosmos 2012 Table Quiz

 Dermot Gannon

Dermot Gannon, Midlands Astronomy Club
Sunday 10:45am -
"Buran: The Russian Space Shuttle"

 Apostolos Christou

Apostolos Christou, Armagh Observatory
Sunday 12:00pm -
"Stargazing On Mars"

 Kevin Berwick

Kevin Berwick, Dublin
Sunday 2:45pm -
"Choosing A Telescope"


About the Cosmos Star Party

The talks are interspersed with tea breaks and lunches, and throughout the weekend you can avail of:

• Displays & Exhibits from individuals and clubs

• Guided Astro Trek on the farm

• Astrohophotography

• Astro Buy & Sell

• Spot prizes & raffles

• Cosmic Dinner

• Observing Sessions

• Good fun and relaxation


Cosmos 2012 poster

Admissions Pricing

COSMOS 2012 is NOT a ticket event, so do not worry about booking a place. The prices for this years event are as follows:

Weekend Pass - €45 Regular, €35 Concession.

Saturday or Sunday only Pass - €25 Regular, €20 Concession.

Friday night only - €5 all.

Note: Regular = Adult and 3rd Level Student, Concession = secondary school students, and Retired/OAP. Children under 12 are gladly welcomed for free as long as they are accompanied with an adult. All admissions include complimentary tea/coffee breaks, but exclude lunches and dinner. The lunch and dinner prices will be added here soon.


How To Get Here

All roads lead to Tullamore:

M6/M4 East

M6 West

N52 South

N52 North

N54/55 North

M4 West

M7 West

M8/N8 South

N80 South









Monoghan-Cavan (N55)-Granard-Mullingar-Tullamore


(N52 South)

Cork-Mitchelstown-Cashel-Abbeyleix-Portlaoise (M80 on to the N80)



Colerain-Ballymena-Belfast (M1)

Belfast-Newry-Dundalk (N52 North)

Derry-Strabane-Omagh-Monoghan (N54/55 North)



Directions From Tullamore

From Tullamore, take the R420 to Portarlington. Continue for 3 miles and on the left will be Annaharvey Equestrian Farm. Signs will be erected on the soft shoulder from both directions approaching Annaharvey Farm. Give plenty of notice to the driver(s) behind you that you will be turning!



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. Please Note: accommodation in Annaharvey itself is fully booked out!


Annaharvey Farm

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To see what Cosmos 2010 was all about, click here.


Any Questions?

Contact us and we will be happy to help!


<<View photos from Cosmos 2012 here>>