Out of this world Science and Art Events
November 13-20 @ the National Space Centre
See SpaceFest.ie for the full programme details
Sun 13: Cosmic Clouds Family Workshop
Come rain or come shine, join a family activity day at the National Space Centre celebrating all things clouds! Become a citizen scientist armed with an app to report cloud measurements; create your own fluffy light-up cloud and become part of the space exhibition at the NSC; and learn about weather and Earth observation satellites and the data carried through a tour of the NSC ground stations.
Mon 14: Intergalactic Pirate Radio
This workshop with musician Brian Leach and pioneering sound artist Danny McCarthy examines how we can transmit sounds to communicate across the universe using radio. The workshop will use electronics and other instruments to compose communications to imagined alien life forms using musical tones and light patterns. The workshop will culminate with a collaborative composition sent from the National Space Centre into space.
Tues 15: The Science of Science Fiction SciFi author Diane Duane’s incredibly varied science fiction and writing career includes authoring nine novels in the Star Trek® universe as well as her immensely popular Young Wizards fantasy series. Join Diane Duane and Frances McCarthy of MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory for a 60 minute online discussion on grounding fiction in accurate science, in making complex concepts accessible to both authors and readers, and the changes and challenges of being a woman in Science Fiction through her long career.
Wed 16: The Physics of Aerial Flight What happens when an aerialist and an engineer collide? Find out in this 2-hour physical physics demonstration and workshop focused on the mechanics of flight. Engineer and performer Brian O’Mahony will work with performers from Circus Factory to explain conservation of angular momentum and its importance in both flight and aerial work. Concepts will be demonstrated by Circus Factory artists and audience members will have an opportunity to volunteer in demonstrations and to practice fundamental concepts.
Thur 17: Capturing the Cosmos This workshop will provide an introduction to astrophotography. Award-winning astro photographer Sara Harvey and Phillip Finane from Astrophotography Club Ireland will give an overview of the astrophotography process, demonstrate their astrophotography rigs and give an introduction to processing images. Cork Astronomy Club will then take the group outside to learn about identifying constellations and other features of the night sky using the Stellarium astronomy software to identify and choose subjects for astrophotography.
Fri 18:: The Inevitable Ether – Opening + Panel By invitation only, the opening of the Inevitable Ether exhibition and discussion panel with the artists in residence at Greywood and the NSC.
The Inevitable Ether Exhibition showcases work and research by Emilia Tapprest and Valerie van Zuijlan, artists-in-residence at Greywood Arts and the National Space Centre. Valerie and Emilia will use their residency to film and develop immersive and poetic scenes for their docu-fiction film project Our Side of the Moon. Alongside the video installation will be collaborative works created by 100 young people from St. Fergals National School (Killeagh), Gaelscoil Mhainister na Corann (Midleton), and the Greywood Arts Youth Club that have participated in our STEAM programme. Facilitated by artist Róisín White, young people have learned how both photographs and space telescopes use light to give us pictures of the past. The young artists have created photographic images that utilise Morse code to project their questions for the universe into outer space.
Sat 19 + Sun 20: Weekend Exhibition & Tours The National Space Centre (NSC) in partnership with Greywood Arts and with support from Science Foundation Ireland will be hosting an exhibition as part of Space Fest for Science Week 2022.
The Inevitable Ether showcases work and research by Emilia Tapprest and Valerie van Zuijlen, artists-in-residence at Greywood Arts and the National Space Centre culminating in immersive and poetic scenes for their docu-fiction film project Our Side of the Moon. Alongside the video installation will be collaborative works from our STEAM project created by 100 student participants from St. Fergals National School (Killeagh), Gaelscoil Mhainister na Corann (Midleton), and the Greywood Arts Youth Club, Facilitated by artist Róisín White.
All visitors will have the opportunity to tour the National Space Centre on this rare occasion when it is open to the public.