Astronomy Ireland invites you to observe the wonders of the universe through high powered telescopes in Wicklow

 Astronomy Ireland invites you to observe the wonders of the universe through high powered telescopes in Wicklow

On August 24, Astronomy Ireland will set up powerful telescopes for people to view some of the wonders of the universe in an event unique to Ireland.

People across Ireland are invited to come to Roundwood GAA hall on Saturday evening to see the planet Saturn which will be visible despite being almost a billion kilometres away.

Roundwood, Co Wicklow was chosen to host this incredible event as it's over 1,000 feet above sea level but also due to very little artificial light in the area.

"Saturn is definitely the most beautiful planet to see in a big telescope," said David Moore, Chairman and Founder of Astronomy Ireland.

"We are going to blow people's minds with views of galaxies, colossal star cities containing a trillion stars each.

Dying stars that are blowing off huge rings of material, a fate which a"waits our Sun in a few billion years when it dies.

"Clusters of brand new baby stars, stellar nurseries if you will, like the one where our Sun was born.

"Enormous ancient 'globular' star clusters, extremely far away containing up to a million stars, all visible in the telescopes at once like someone sprinkled a pile of salt grains on a sheet of black velvet."

The event will also include a BBQ, a number of exiting talks about the universe, a moon art exhibition, trade stands and a rocket launch.

Tickets for the event must be purchased in advance from this link.

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