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COSMOS 2013 - April 12th to 14th

This Spring, the 21st annual COSMOS Star Party will once again take place in the rural and secluded surroundings of Annaharvey Equestrian Farm, Tullamore in County Offaly. This location affords MAC many advantages, such as being 3 miles from Tullamore on the Portarlington Road, and thus away from most of the light pollution, private surroundings, secure location, and overall a great and relaxed atmosphere.

 

Cosmos 2013 April 12th to 14th at Tullamore

 

Our Guest Speakers This Year:  

Ian Morison

Prof. Ian Morison
Emeritus Gresham Professor of Astronomy, Fellow of Gresham College and Honorary Professor Jodrell Bank Observatory
Friday Family Lecture 8:00pm
"Black Holes - no need to be afraid!"
Followed by Observing/Telescope Demonstrations

Albert White

Albert White
South Dublin AS and ILPAC
Saturday 10:00am
"Searching for Earth-sized planets with NASA's Kepler Space Telescope."

Sara Beck

Sara Beck
American Association of Variable Star Observers from Boston, USA
Saturday 11:45am
"Variable Stars: Fun and Science"

Ian Morison

Prof. Ian Morison
Emeritus Gresham Professor of Astronomy, Fellow of Gresham College and Honorary Professor Jodrell Bank Observatory
Saturday 2:45pm
"
The Story of Jodrell Bank"

Table Quiz

Saturday 4:30pm

Cosmos 2013 Table Quiz

Declan Molloy

Declan Molloy
Midlands Astronomy Club
After Dinner Talk 9:30pm
"Earth and Other Odd Matters"

 Simon Todd

Simon Todd
Renowned English Astrophotographer
Sunday 10:30am
"Digital Astrophotography Tips and Tricks"

 Dave McDonald

Dave McDonald
IFAS Chairperson and Renowned Asteroid Hunter
Sunday 12:00pm
"Celtic Rock - A Voyage Of Discovery"

 Simon Jeffrey

Simon Jeffrey
Research Astronomer, Armagh Observatory
Sunday 2:45pm

"Inside The Stars"

 

  

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

• Astrophotography

• Astro Buy & Sell

• Spot prizes & raffles

• Cosmic Dinner

• Observing Sessions

• Good fun and relaxation

 

 

Cosmos 2013 PosterAdmissions Pricing

COSMOS 2013 is NOT a ticket event, so do not worry about booking a place. The prices for this years event are as follows:

Weekend Pass
Includes refreshments and Observing, excludes Dinner (Saturday night) and Lunch:
€45 Regular, €35 Concession (Student/Retired)

Saturday or Sunday only Pass
Includes refreshments and Observing, excludes Dinner (Saturday night) and Lunch:
€25 Regular, €20 Concession (Student/Retired)

Friday night only
Includes evening lecture and Observing (weather permitting):
€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

 

A26

M1/A1

A25

Dublin-Maynooth-Kinnegad-Tullamore

Galway-Loughrea-Ballinasloe-Athlone-Tullamore

Nenagh-Birr-Tullamore

Dundalk-Kells-Mullingar-Tullamore

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

Sligo-Boyle-Longford-Mullingar-Tullamore

(N52 South)

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

Wexford-Carlow-Portlaoise-Tullamore

 

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!

 

Accommodation

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

Click to find out more information about Annaharvey Farm (www.annaharveyfarm.ie)

 

<<To see what Cosmos 2012 was all about, click here>>

 

Any Questions?

Contact us and we will be happy to help!

 

<<View photos from Cosmos 2012 here>>